The St. Louis Blues offseason was a disappointing time for most Blues fans. They were 2018-2019 Stanley cup champions and they came into the 2019-2020 season looking to defend their title. The St. Louis Blues started the season by bolstering their lineup and acquiring Justin Faulk. As the playoffs started, the team looked ready to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. That did not happen and they lost multiple players that played for the franchise for a long time.
Why couldn’t the St. Louis Blues repeat as Stanley Cup champions?
Blues entered the NHL bubble as one of the top teams in the league. After participating in the round-robin tournament, the Blues were seeded 4th in the western conference. In the first round, St. Louis faced the Vancouver Canucks.
In a surprise fashion, the Blues were defeated by the Canucks. The Canucks were able to upset the Blues in 6 games as they won the series 4-2. After losing the series, Blues fans realized it is an end of an era and many key players from the team’s successful years are most likely going to leave this offseason.
An Unsettling Start to the St. Louis Blues Offseason
Doug Armstrong, the general manager of the Blues, was quick to change up his team roster after being eliminated from the playoffs. His first move was the trading of a veteran goalie by the name of Jake Allen. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a couple of draft picks.
The longtime Blues starting goalie, Allen, found himself sitting on the bench during the past two seasons. When Jordan Binnington took over the starting goalie position and lead the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, it pretty much sealed the fate of Allen for his career in St. Louis.
Allen and a seventh-round pick were traded to the Canadiens for a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick. Allen will now be the backup goalie for the Canadiens behind franchise star Carey Price.
Torey Krug Signing
Continuing the Blues offseason, they signed one of the better two-way defensemen in the league. The Blues signed Torey Krug to a seven-year contract worth $45.5 million. The 29-year-old defensemen had been a vital piece to the Boston Bruins blueline since 2013. He will be deeply missed by Bruins fans and the Bruins themselves. He was a big-time player for the Bruins as he always scored goals in the clutch, and played big important minutes for Boston during the regular season and playoffs. Krug is going to do wonders for the Blues as he always produces offensively. Consistently putting up 50 points from the blueline.
The Bruins are definitely going to struggle without Krug but Boston’s depth will try to replace his production. Boston fans should wish Krug good luck and thank him for all the positive memories. In St. Louis, Krug will try and replace the void that Alex Pietrangelo left when he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights. Fans should be very excited about the Blues offseason and they should be extremely excited when Krug finally takes the ice for St. Louis.
St. Louis Blues Offseason Not Over?
The Blues offseason included losing some key pieces that cannot be replaced. Pietrangelo and Alex Steen are not returning so Armstrong has to find some replacements. He did a good job replacing Pietrangelo with Krug but after Steen recently announced his retirement, Armstrong needs to find his replacement. Michael Grabner is the perfect player to fill Steen’s old role.
The speedy forward was recently bought out of his contract with the Arizona Coyotes not due to poor play, but rather because ownership couldn’t afford to pay his contract. Grabner struggled with injury this season but was still able to produce 11 points in 46 games. The speedster scored 8 goals this season and could provide needed depth scoring the Blues lineup. He has the capability to be a 25 goal scorer and the Blues could definitely use this as they are losing Pietrangelo who provided lots of offense.
Conclusion on The Blues Offseason
The Blues offseason was definitely an interesting one. They lost two players that have had long and impactful careers with the Blues. Pietrangelo and Allen will definitely be missed, but their big prize of the offseason should reason a warm welcome into Blues nation. Krug will be a fantastic player for the Blues and will look to help them bring another Stanley Cup back to St. Louis.
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