The St. Louis Blues started collecting defensemen this past weekend when they traded a second-round and an unconditional fifth-round picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to the Buffalo Sabres for Jordan Leopold on Saturday. Then yesterday, they acquired Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Mark Cundari, the rights to goaltender Reto Berra and a 2013 first-round pick.
With the recent addition of Leopold and Bouwmeester, the Blues not only have three left-handed defensemen (including Alex Pietrangelo), but are now at a total of nine defensemen and with this many on their roster, it appears they are looking to make moves with them before the trade deadline ends tomorrow afternoon. Yet with an overabundance of defensemen, the Blues are still in line to make a serious run in the playoffs with the roster they now have as general manager Doug Armstrong told NHL.com:
“It’s just exciting to have someone of Pietrangelo’s caliber, [Kevin] Shattenkirk‘s caliber (and) Bouwmeester’s caliber moving forward,” Armstrong said. “You couple that with the rock-steady play of Roman Polak and Barret Jackman. So I’m really excited about our group now.”
This should definitely be a positive sign to the players and the fans of just how serious St. Louis management is about making a run for the Stanley Cup and now all that’s left is the current Blues’ roster to gel together and follow suit.