“It’s an incredible alternative for lots of various gamers,” mentioned Armstrong, who has been the Blues’ GM for greater than a decade. “Professional sports activities, accidents are a part of the occupation, a part of the sport, and successful individuals and successful organizations don’t dwell on what they don’t have. They look ahead to working with the issues that they do have.”
What the Blues have is a roster with a handful of underachieving veterans, whom Armstrong expects to lift their recreation down the stretch with the crew sitting just a few factors outdoors a playoff place — tenth out of 16 within the West. He singled out forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Saad and defensemen Colton Parayko and Nick Leddy as gamers who “aren’t enjoying to the requirements that they set for themselves.”
“Gamers are going to undergo ebbs and flows, and proper now we’d like our veteran gamers to steer the group, and I do know they’ll do it and I do know they need to do it,” Armstrong mentioned on a convention name from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the place he’s scouting the world junior championship. “The problem for them is to get their recreation again on par and lead us, after which we have now alternative for youthful gamers.”
One of many subsequent alternatives was supposed belong to massive middle Logan Brown, however he was injured in apply Monday morning and received’t journey with the Blues on their upcoming four-game street journey. They recalled Nikita Alexandrov from Springfield of the American Hockey League hours after mentioning fellow rookie ahead Jake Neighbours.
“Guys which have been pining for extra ice time are going to get them,” Armstrong mentioned.
It’s nonetheless robust to exchange O’Reilly and Tarasenko, who have been key components of St. Louis’ franchise-first Stanley Cup-winning crew in 2019 and nonetheless stay essential years later. However every participant is within the ultimate yr of his contract and could possibly be dealt earlier than the March 3 commerce deadline if new offers aren’t completed and Armstrong decides the Blues are sellers.
They haven’t been in fairly a while. St. Louis has made the playoffs in 10 of the previous 11 seasons and missed out by one level the one different yr throughout that stretch.
“Your document signifies what you do at deadlines, after which finally it takes two to make a commerce,” Armstrong mentioned. “We’ve to need the gamers different groups are buying and selling and vice versa. They must need what we’re contemplating buying and selling, and our document will dictate what we do at these occasions.”
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