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Never before has a league advanced from crowning a champion through the biggest moments of the offseason. Just a few weeks after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the NHL has already hosted the 2020 Draft and gone through the first wave of free agency.
For the Blues fans appear to be generally happy with what the team has been able to do so far in the NHL Draft and free agency so far. Two-thirds of St. Louis fans said they are happy with what the Blues have brought to the team.
Granted, this also takes into consideration what the Blues have lost, as well. Losing Alex Pietrangelo in free agency to the Vegas Golden Knights was a blow that few Blues fans wanted, even as the writing on the wall became clearer. The satisfaction with the off-season may come with how Doug Armstrong filled the new defensive gap. Signing Torey Krug to a seven year, $6.5 million AAV contract was a shrewed move by the GM. The Blues acquired the second-best defenseman on the market, a power play catalyst, and saved money.
If Army let Pietrangelo walk without signing a player like Krug, these approval numbers would look a lot different.
While not exuberant about the signing, most Blues fans were also happy about Armstrong signing Kyle Clifford to a two year deal for $1 million per. He brings stability to the fourth line while Alexander Steen is out on LTIR.
Between trades and continued free agency moves, there is still time for something big to happen during the offseason. That is especially true with the unclear nature of the 2021 season.
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