Let us close the door on the Roman Polak era in St. Louis. He is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In return? A better player and a third round pick. Thanks, Dave Nonis!
The Blues have acquired the 94th pick and Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson so Toronto can have an actual defensive defenseman and so the Blues can have someone who is a better overall player.
Gunnarsson has been consistently better than Polak over the last three seasons while playing more minutes against tougher competition.— Extra Skater (@ExtraSkater) June 28, 2014
He's also (a tiny bit) cheaper in 2015-2016:
Gunnarsson has two years remaining at a $3.15 cap hit. Will make $3.15M in 2014-15, $3.45M in 2015-16. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) June 28, 2014
What do you think? Do you like the trade? Aside from the surprise of the deal, it makes sense for the Blues and maybe without throwing in the extra pick it could work for Toronto.