The latest victim of the Vladimir Tarasenko saga isn’t exactly unexpected. Zach Sanford, who signed a one year, two million dollar contract with the team in early August, was dealt today to the Ottawa Senators. In return, the Blues receive a conditional 2022 pick and Logan Brown.
Last season, Brown scored two goals and seven assists in 14 games played for the Belleville, Ont. Senators. If he plays 30 games with the Blues this season, the conditional pick is removed from the deal. Brown, who is a massive 6’6” and 218 lbs, is the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown. The senior Brown spent time in St. Louis from the second half of the 1989-1990 season until 1994, when he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks as part of a package deal for Craig Janney.
The deal gets the younger Brown out of a franchise that he was reportedly unhappy with, and it clears enough cap space that the team will be compliant on opening night. Aside from a trade, the team’s other option, after signing Robert Thomas to his extension, was to assume that Oskar Sundqvist would start the season on LTIR. It still looks like that’s where Sundqvist will begin the year, but now the Blues don’t have to worry about cap management once the season begins.