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The St. Louis Blues were one of the busier teams around the February 28 deadline.
The first major trade happened on February 18. The St. Louis Blues traded their captain to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the rights to defenseman Brock Beukeboom and a 2011 third round pick. St. Louis fans, along with myself, were puzzled because they felt they did not get enough in return for the verteran defenseman.
Then, a day later, the Blues and the Avalanche made arguably the biggest blockbuster move of the season. The St. Louis Blues traded their first round pick, forward Jay McClement, and former number one overall pick Eric Johnson to Colorado and received power forward Chris Stewart, youngster Kevin Shattenkirk, and a second round pick. Stewart and Shattenkirk bursted on the scene quickly and became favorites of Blues fans all around.
On deadline day, the Blues made one final trade. They traded forward Brad Winchester to Anaheim for a third round pick.
The Blues parted ways with four players and received two in return. But the production of both Stewart and Shattenkirk made the Blues winners of the trades they participated in. Shattenkirk is 22 years old and a fine young defenseman that can contribute offensively. Stewart is 23 years old and is one of the bright young stars in the NHL.
Final Grade: A