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Two Trade Deadline Candidates - Eichel And Tarasenko

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

For different reasons, the names of Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel and St. Louis Blues elite winger Vladimir Tarasenko were front and center amid the trade rumor mill. Both Eichel and Tarasenko expressed the wish they be dealt as soon as possible, but here we are, with NHL training camps well underway, and yet each of the two remain untraded.

Does that mean they’re going to have to play this regular season out and try to pressure a deal in the summer of 2022?

Not necessarily.

In fact, I expect both of them to be moved before this coming season’s trade deadline. But fans of theirs who believe they’re going to be traded in the next few weeks should think twice. The NHL is not a reactionary league, and it’s entirely possible the Blues and Sabres hang onto their disgruntled employees until well into the 2021-22 schedule.

Why the wait? Well, for one thing, according to CapFriendly.com, virtually half the league’s teams (15 out of 32, in this case) have less than $1 million in salary cap space. 

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St. Louis Blues/Ottawa Senators Trade

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired St. Louis native Logan Brown and a conditional draft pick in 2022 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Zach Sanford.

The conditional draft pick is removed from the deal if Brown plays more than 30 NHL games this season.

Brown, the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown, was originally drafted 11th overall by the Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 218-pound forward posted nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 games with the AHL's Belleville Senators while serving two penalty minutes in one game with Ottawa. Overall, Brown has appeared in 30 NHL games, collecting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and six penalty minutes.

Sanford, 26, has spent four of his five NHL seasons with the Blues. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 207-pound forward logged 16 points (10 goals, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games. Overall, Sanford has dressed in 209 career regular-season games, totaling 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) and 84 penalty minutes.

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Hockey Operation Changes In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced changes to the Blues Hockey Operations Department today. 

The Blues have named Peter Chiarelli as Vice President of Hockey Operations, while Ken Hitchcock will rejoin the team as Coaching Consultant. Dave Taylor, who previously served as the team's vice president of hockey operations, will assume the role of Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations.

Chiarelli, 57, began his executive career with the Ottawa Senators after the team hired him as Assistant General Manager in 1999.

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David Backes Retiring With The St. Louis Blues

from David Backes at Blues website,

And now we are here, my NHL chapter has concluded.

The game got faster and younger and I haven't been associated with either of those adjectives in a long time.

My final goal was to play 1,000 games, but I came up 35 short.

In the end, it's not that all these numbers don't matter - they do, and I am damn proud of them. But the metrics that mean the most to me are the countless experiences and everlasting relationships that the game provided me.

That's what I find is beyond measure.

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Colton Parayko Signs An Eight-Year Deal With The St. Louis Blues

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A Five-Year Deal For Brandon Saad In St. Louis

St. Louis Blues press release...

The St. Louis Blues have reached an agreement with free agent forward Brandon Saad on a five-year contract worth $22.5 million.

Saad, 28, a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, is a former NHL All-Star and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2013, 2015 - Chicago).

Saad was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round, No. 43 overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Last season, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native appeared in 44 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward is a five-time 20-goal scorer, including 2015-16, when he logged 31 and earned a selection to the NHL All-Star Game.

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Four-Year Contract For Pavel Buchnevich In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - Pavel Buchnevich, who was acquired by the St. Louis Blues on Friday in a trade with the New York Rangers, has agreed to terms on a four-year, $23.2 million contract with the Blues.

Buchnevich, 26, was acquired from the Rangers in exchange for Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound forward had spent his entire five-year career with New York, recording 195 points (79 goals, 116 assists) and 112 penalty minutes in 301 regular-season games.

The Cherepovets, Russia native was originally drafted by the Rangers in the third round, No. 75 overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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New York Rangers/St. Louis Blues Trade

 

added 4:29pm, NYR press release is below.

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Afternoon Line- Dr. Peter Millett On Vladimir Tarasenko

“Vlad’s shoulder is very stable and strong. He told me it is more stable and stronger than it has felt in a long while. To me, it feels rock solid. There is no doubt, Vlad will be 100 percent ready for the upcoming season. I am confident he will be ready to play and that he will make a big impact for his team.”

-Dr. Peter Millett who performed the most recent shoulder surgery on Vladimir Tarasenko.  Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic has more (paid) on this topic.

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The Decision Not To Protect Vladimir Tarasenko

from Jwemy Rutherford of The Athletic,

While the Blues’ protected list for the upcoming Seattle expansion draft won’t officially be revealed until Sunday, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is not on the list, according to multiple league sources....

The decision is disappointing to Tarasenko, but a source says it’s not the top reason Tarasenko is upset with the organization. Two months after the right winger asked the Blues for a trade, and 10 days after it was first reported by The Athletic, the source says Tarasenko can’t believe he hasn’t been moved by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.

Armstrong has told Tarasenko’s camp, according to a source, that no teams are interested in the player, who has scored 30-plus goals in five of his nine NHL seasons but has since had three shoulder operations. The source added that Los Angeles, New Jersey, Carolina and Boston, among other teams, have each expressed interest and were willing to take on Tarasenko’s $7.5 million salary-cap hit for the next two seasons, but Armstrong has not found a suitable return.

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