It’s not exactly a secret that St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is working the phones these days. The Blues have been perhaps the most disappointing team in the NHL this season and with such a large payroll and the with a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth looking like a pipe dream, many fans and analysts expect Armstrong to be busy offloading talent in exchange for future assets at this year’s Trade Deadline.
Big names like sniper Vladimir Tarasenko and captain Alex Pietrangelo have been thrown about in trade rumors, but in today’s 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman connects the dots on Blues forward Brayden Schenn and wonders if there’s a fit with the Vegas Golden Knights.
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Vegas is rumoured to be interested in every WHL alumnus, but Brayden Schenn did play three years for assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon at Brandon. So that has some of the Golden Knights’ rivals wondering if there may be more to it.
Interesting. Here’s the thing, the 27 year old Schenn has seven goals and 21 points in 28 games for the Blues this season and there’s no doubt that he’d be a good fit with Vegas, especially given that Max Pacioretty has been placed on injured reserve. The Knights also have three extra picks in the next two drafts and a boatload of young talent that they could offer up to the Blues in return.
It’s also worth noting that with another year left at $5.1 million on his contract, Schenn would not be a pure rental for Vegas, as they’d retain his services for the 2019-20 season, as well.
Whether or not a deal gets done between these two teams remains to be seen, but it does seem to make a lot of sense on paper.