February 27, 2018 | 10:27Am ET
BLUES RECEIVED CALLS ON TOP PROSPECTS
Doug Armstrong, GM
The St. Louis Blues didn’t need to send out any letters to their fan base or hold a press conference addressing the direction of the team. Blues GM Doug Armstrong let his actions do the talking.
Sitting a point out of a playoff spot, the Blues traded centre Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, surprising many around the NHL.
Having lost six straight games, the Blues have regressed a bit of late, which made the decision to trade Stastny easier – according to Armstrong, talks with the Jets began roughly one week prior.
After making the move, Armstrong revealed that he became busier, as more teams inquired about some of his other players, including four of the Blues’ top forward prospects Klim Kostin, Tage Thompson, Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou.
“I had a lot of phone calls on our four top forward prospects,” Armstrong told Blues play-by-play announcer John Kelly. “It was something we didn’t want to entertain at this point where our team is at, so what we did was add another first-round pick to this year’s draft.”
Teams also contacted the Blues about their newly acquired first-round pick, and Armstrong indicated that he was not interested in landing a player with one or two years left on his contract – he wanted a player with plenty of term left on his deal or a young controllable asset.
“We did spend some time talking to teams about that first-round pick about what we could acquire right now, but it just felt we’re better off to use that at the draft in Dallas or see what’s available there” he added.
“We were close on a couple of things on that pick.”