St. Louis Blues Need to Make Offense Priority in Free Agency

By Andy Schmidt
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues have a lot of questions to answer after losing the final four games of their NHL playoff series. I have discussed the goaltending situation in the past so I’m not going to revisit that. I think it could boil down to the team getting some more offense on the ice especially after the way things ended. St. Louis scored just three goals in the final two games of the series and was also shutout during Game 3.

There are going to be free agent forwards available like Nathan Horton and Mason Raymond, and while those choices may not favor what St. Louis wants to do, it may be necessary. The Blues had just one player score more than 30 points this season in Chris Stewart. That can’t continue happening because scoring is the name of the game. I love what the Blues got out of Stewart this season with his 18 goals and 18 assists, but he needs help.

I want to think that a player like Horton or Raymond could really make this team better. The divisional realignment is going to bring new competition where St. Louis is going to need all the offense they can get going forward. I think that the Blues can make the playoffs again next season strictly because of their goalies, but until they fix the offense, the first round is as far as they are going to go. There are a lot of decisions ahead for St. Louis if they want to improve on this season’s finish.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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