Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/12 at 10:40 AM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
After parting with goaltender Ben Bishop on Sunday, the budget-conscious Blues aren’t expected to make any significant moves before today’s NHL trading deadline, but it remains possible that general manager Doug Armstrong could make dollar-for-dollar deals to bolster the injury-riddled roster.
“I have a clear understanding of what I want to accomplish and if we can do that, great, and if we can’t, we’ll just move forward with what we have,” Armstrong said Sunday. “I’ve tried to keep a realistic expectation that I think we have a good team right now and I’m quite comfortable that if this group of players are all together tomorrow at 1:01 Mountain time, we’ll be happy.”...
But the question today is whether the Blues, who are 15 points ahead of the ninth-place team in the West with 20 games remaining, have enough firepower to be contenders in the postseason. While continuing to lead the NHL in goals-against average (1.92), the club ranks 22nd in scoring (2.48 goals a game) and 27th on the power play (14.8 percent).
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