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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 10 percent of Blues fans think the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from eight percent last week, but down from 80 percent two weeks ago. Keep in mind that this data was culled while the Blues were in the middle of their seven-game skid right out of the playoff picture, but still, yikes.
As the team approaches the end of the season, the organization will need to decide what to do with this season. With the trade deadline just days away, nearly three-fourths of Blues fans want the team to make a push for the playoffs. Right now, the Blues are only one point behind the Arizona Coyotes for fourth place, and a win tonight would see them back in the playoff running for now. This doesn’t make it easy for Doug Armstrong to figure out what to do, and apparently neither can the fans (forgive the typo by the graphics team).
The deadline this season appears to be a buyers’ market, at least according to fans around the country. A slight majority of NHL fans would rather have their favorite team act as a seller at the deadline. It appears that a lot of Devils and Sabres fans voted in this one.
That is in part due to the unique rules around this season. The NHL has installed a flat cap on the season, preventing teams from adding big contracts.
According to fans, more than three-fourths of fans think the flat cap will play a role in teams’ decisions to make a push for the playoffs. The Blues were skating by on LTIR cap savings, but it may take some fiscal jujitsu for the Blues to get any big name signings in under the cap. This might cause Armstrong to hold off on any big deals.
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