In the shadow of Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke's blockbuster moves, acquiring Dion Phaneuf and J.S. Giguere, people are waiting for other teams to follow suit. I know for certain that Blues GM John Davidson has been on the phone since the trades were announced, talking about them and about the future of the Blues.
A team with a talented young core that has seen better days, under-performing veterans, and a city begging for goals, JD has some things to think about. For instance, is it worth the risk of trading young, developing players for veterans who can perform now? What should we do about Patrik Berglund? Should we be exchanging, or making room?
These are all important questions. Here's my opinion on these:
What should he do about Patrik Berglund?
Keep him! Patrik Berglund is a big, talented forward that can play center and winger, and is among the best in the league when it comes to protecting the puck. Every single game he plays, he spins and tucks the puck around the boards and through the middle of the offensive zone. Not to mention that this is the very beginning for this young man who could become a franchise player along with T.J. Oshie.
Although his numbers haven't been as good this year, he wouldn't be the first player to have a sophomore slump in NHL history.
Right now, it's a waiting game for us as fans, for him to get out of this season's muck and grow into the great player we know he can be.
Is it worth the risk to trade young players for veterans?
It depends on who we're talking about here.
There are several young players on the Blues that will not be traded. Specifically, David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Roman Polak, David Perron, Jay McClement, and Ben Bishop. But for the rest, it could be a busy deadline.
In terms of trades, here is a list of a few players that the Blues could be gunning for:
Kyle Okposo, NY Islanders: Kyle is a shooter, and the Blues would be happy to have his talents in the game.
Peter Mueller, Phoenix Coyotes: Mueller has had a terrible season. The former first-rounder was projected to be a franchise goal scorer for the 'Yotes. However, it just doesn't seem to be the case. Maybe the Blues could turn him into that player.
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche: I know what people are going to say to this, but it's still possible. St. Louis is Paul's home and his brother Yan is here. I'm not saying he would be free, but I'm also not saying it isn't possible, allbeit a long shot.
Veteran or Young Players?
The Blues are very much still in the race for the final spot. But that seems to be dwindling away as I write this. To be perfectly honest, the Blues need another guy like Brett Hull. I realize that's a tad much, but it definitely wouldn't hurt.
How to get that superstar is a matter of waiting. The Blues could stand pat and let Berglund, Perron, and Oshie develop and hopefully become major point contributors, or they could trade for a high pick (C'mon Taylor Hall, C'mon Taylor Hall) and a good developing player. Either way, I'm looking forward to the rest of this season and the next.
Side note: I don't know why the picture is wierd.