It’s become known in the past couple days that the Blues are entering serious trade talks with the Ottawa Senators in hopes of acquiring either Mike Hoffman or Derick Brassard. Hoffman has two years remaining on a deal that sees him making $5,187,500 a season; Brassard has one year remaining on his contract, which pays out $5 million. Both players have modified no-trade clauses; Hoffman can submit a list of ten teams that he will not be traded to, while Brassard can submit a list of eight. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that the Blues are on neither of the players’ lists.
According to Lou Korac, the Sens are kicking the tires on Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, and Robby Fabbri. Hoffman has 16 goals and 23 assists so far this season. Sobotka has 9 goals and 15 assists in 60 GP. Berglund has 8 goals and 6 assists in 36 games played. Fabbri has been out the entire season due to injury.
Both Sobotka and Berglund are scoring disappointments, if you expect the two forwards to score. If the Blues are serious about competing, they do need another scoring forward, and doing so will necessitate shuffling one (or two) of their bottom six forwards. Doug Armstrong would also have to clear cap space to get Hoffman or Brassard in there - Sobotka’s contract comes with a $3,500,000 cap hit, and Berglund has a $3,850,000 cap hit. If the Blues want to acquire anyone other than Hoffman at the trade deadline, both of those contracts are candidates for being jettisoned. Losing Berglund could open space for Hoffman; losing Sobotka opens space for the recently re-activated Zach Sanford.
Berglund does have a full NMC in place, however.
Losing Fabbri, despite his injury, would be unfortunate. He’s a potential 20 goal a season player and still has a whole career ahead of him.
Getting Hoffman (or Brassard) would be a nice pick-up for the Blues. Who do you deal to get him?
Who would you like to see traded as part of a package to get Hoffman or Brassard?
This poll is closed
Berglund and Sobotka
Berglund and Fabbri
Sobotka and Fabbri
None of them - who needs Hoffman/Brassard anyway?