The St. Louis Blues have been in an organizational conundrum surrounding starting goalie Jake Allen for the last couple seasons. When it comes to trade rumors, Carey Price has been at the center of them, but the question remains, is he still a fit for St. Louis?
A trade for Price would be one of the most complicated trades in recent Blues history. The former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner is 31 years old and is making a ludicrous $10.5 million a year. After a busy summer for the Blues, the team spent right up to the salary cap.
There are many reasons why Price would be a great fit in St. Louis. When healthy, Price is arguably the best goalie on the planet, and he has all the numbers to back that up. He has spent his entire 12-year career with the Montreal Canadiens, but has recently had a few injury-plagued seasons.
Acquiring Price would mean that the Blues would need to trade not only Allen, but also some high-end prospects. It wouldn’t be surprising to have names like Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, and Klim Kostin come up in negotiations. Even if the Blues were willing to acquire Price, the question still needs to be asked about whether or not a trade for a 31-year-old goalie makes sense.
With Jordan Binnington now making lineup appearances, this has sparked energy into the roster and it shows with the team’s recent success. Even Allen has been producing well, knowing that his starting job could be in jeopardy.
Personally, I think the Carey Price ship has sailed. The competition between Allen and Binnington has so far been for the best, with all 4 lines positively responding and having confidence in the goalie in net.