The New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues make for viable NHL trading partners based on specific personnel.
Doug Armstrong, the current general manager of the St. Louis Blues, has thrown in the towel on the 2018-2019 campaign. After missing the playoffs by only a point last season, the Blues were expected to return to the postseason this year with a little help from their offseason additions: Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, Patrick Maroon and David Perron.
Winning only 11 of the team’s first 29 games, things have not gone as expected in St. Louis thus far this season. Following a slow start to the season, Doug Armstrong attempted to turn things around by sending his team a wake-up call, which in this case meant firing head coach Mike Yeo.
Craig Berube was named the interim head coach, but he hasn’t been able to change this team’s fortunes, as they sit at 28th in the NHL standings.
Doug Armstrong finds himself in a very similar situation to the one that Jeff Gorton experienced a year ago. The New York Rangers had experienced an era of great success, yet had never achieved the ultimate goal of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. The team’s window had closed, and they were hanging around mediocrity.
After a slow start to the 2017-2018 season, Gorton decided that is was time to strip things down and rebuild. The front office in St. Louis finds themselves in this same spot, and they have made the same decision.
On Tuesday, Doug Armstrong essentially signaled that this season is officially a lost cause for his franchise. The general manager announced that he has informed teams that he is open to trading anybody.
Jeff Gorton should give Armstrong a call, as the Blues and the Blueshirts could be viable trading partners.
St. Louis boasts a roster filled with talented players. That’s what makes them such an attractive trading partner. If I’m Jeff Gorton, I’d focus in on four players: Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Colton Parayko and Vladimir Tarasenko.
One thing that the Rangers lack and the Blues have to offer is scoring wingers. Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn fit the bill, but to a lesser degree than Tarasenko. Schwartz and Schenn would both immediately become arguably the Blueshirts’ most talented (depending on how you feel about Chris Kreider) upon their arrival.