It's been a while since I have written anything, but the trade deadline for this season has sparked my creativity.
As we all know, the deadline is here and the rumors have been spreading like wild Calgary Flames. Rumors from teams like the New Jersey Devils possibly parting with draft picks and defensemen, although it seems to me that they usually wait until the day of the draft and play a little "Musical Re-Ordering".
It doesn't look like anyone has explained anything about the Blues, even though they're moving up in the standings and are currently only five points out of a playoff spot, with 20 or so games left to play. Clearly a reachable goal.
But I digress.
The Blues have several quality young players that have shown bursts of greatness while the starters were nursing the injury bug. (i.e. Paul Kariya—Out For Season, Andy McDonald—Returned, Jay McKee—Returned, Roman Polak—Returned, Eric Brewer—Out for Season, Erik Johnson—Out for Season, and D.J. King—Out for Season.)
Players like Cam Paddock, Tyson Strachan, Chris Porter, Steve Regier, B.J. Crombeen, Alexander Steen, and Brad Winchester. Crombeen, Steen, and Winchester have helped the Blues much on both the PK and on the Offense, displaying that they all clearly belong in the NHL, and not the AHL.
Rumors have been flying around about Keith Tkachuk being traded to all different teams, particularily the Bruins for high-end prospects or teams that are high in the draft picks (Islanders, Lightning, Maple Leafs, that sort).
I am here to tell you, that when Keith Tkachuk re-signed with the Blues last year, he added a No-Trade Clause. He's said a couple times that he isn't going to waive it and he'd rather stay in St. Louis, where he plans to stay after he retires from the NHL.
That is sad news to many teams who would love to have his offensive prowess in front of the net, tipping shots and knocking home rebounds (what better way to get all those goals?).
But do not despair!
The young players I mentioned earlier are quality players with good upside and the drive to learn and work hard in the NHL (exempting Crombeen, Steen, and Winchester).
I could see Cam Paddock, T.J. Fast, and perhaps a third or fourth-rounder going to the Lightning for a second-round pick, Paul Ranger, and Radim Vrbata. You might also be able to add Trent Whitfield to that deal.
In the coming days you might also see Steve Regier moving. The young forward has shown nice scoring ability, but his style of play isn't something that the Blues really have really needed.
One thing is for sure—this time of year is exciting.
Thanks for reading. Comment! I want to hear what you think is going to happen at the Deadline for the Blues, or the NHL in general.