By Brad Lee
On this NHL Trade Deadline Eve, it seems the St. Louis Blues have played themselves into a seller's role of some kind.
Before we get to the meat of this one, please remember to come back Tuesday during the fun and games. We'll have multiple writers monitoring the trade situation for St. Louis and other teams in the league posting frequent updates, hopefully some humerous stuff and who knows what else.
John Davidson has been unwavering in his opinion that it would be a mistake for the franchise to allow assets to walk away from the team and not try to get something in return. Here are the four players who will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season:
He has 3 goals, 11 asists, plus-1 on the season. Is a career minus-79. Makes less than $1 million a year. Speed to burn, hands of stone. Kills penalties and Blues odd-man rushes. Blocks shots in a painful way more often than not.
He has 1 goal, 1 assist but is still a plus-2 on the season. Sat out 45 straight days in October and November without playing. Loves both kinds of music, country and western, and press box chicken wings.
He has 1 goal, 10 assists and is a plus-12 on the year. Solid stay at home defenseman. Not very gifted with the puck. Is a good guy in the community with his charity efforts. Was drafted by the Blues and came up through the system.
He has 2 goals, 6 assists and is a minus-12 on the year. The only St. Louis Blue to win the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. In past seasons has gotten hurt playing a physical brand of hockey against bigger opponents. Not a member of the Todd Bertuzzi fan club. Thinks he should get around McKee money.
And those are just the four players who are unrestricted after the season. Jay McKee or Christian Backman might be on the block. We doubt very seriously that the Blues would part with picks or prospects for older players, especially any player who will be unrestricted after the season.
Get out your crystal ball and tell us, what will the Blues do on deadline day? Your predictions in the comments.