The St. Louis Blues are looking to find their way back to the Stanley Cup, and that starts with building a team capable of making it there. The Blues have a tough division, and it’s going to be difficult for them to make it back, but not impossible. Armstrong is a heavy hitter in the off-season and will not accept a team that looses and he will do everything in his power to get them to the Stanley Cup. With that being said, the Blues didn’t make it there this past season, and Armstrong has already made one significant move, and he’s not done.
The St. Louis Blues are looking to obtain some offensive talent this offseason and there was one name that many Blues fans were hopping for: Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog is a veteran presence that the Blues are currently lacking, and even more importantly is a terrific goal scorer. With the uncertainty of Tarasenko, and Schwartz gone, the Blues are in a need to find some players on the wing. However, it was reported late last night that Landeskog is returning to the Colorado Avalanche on a 8yr/$56mil contract. So with Landeskog off the board, what could the Blues do this off-season?
It was reported that Armstrong had made offers to the free agents: Kyrou, Sanford, Thomas, Joshua, and Barbashev, but there was one name that I felt should’ve been mentioned on that list: Mike Hoffman. Last off-season the Blues were able to get Hoffman very cheap due to it being a late signing, and it was a valuable signing at that. Hoffman was big part to the Blues this past season given his power play ability, and the ability to be a sniper along the perimeter. It was reported earlier today that Hoffman is a contingency plan for the Blues depending on the situation with Tarasenko. The Blues have reportedly offered Hoffman a contract, but should Tarasenko get moved, they will look to bring him on for a long term contract. With that being said, why hasn’t Tarasenko been moved yet?
After talking back and forth with some people in the Blues community, It was agreed upon that the Landeskog signing actually helps the Blues more than it hurts. Now you’re probably asking how that could possibly be when Landeskog was the main target for the Blues, but it helps more than think. With Landeskog off the board, Ovechkin off the board, and Schwartz off the board, there are not many forwards left that teams will be able to target. Looking at some of the names that are still available via trade or free agency, the only player that is arguably better than Tarasenko would be Jack Eichel. Once Jack Eichel is moved, Tarasenko’s value will be the highest around the league in which Armstrong will be able to get the most in return for him at that point in time. Once Tarasenko is moved, and his contract is off the books, he will be able to officially get started in free agency and filling out the team and making trades.