What Moves Could St. Louis Blues Make This Off-Season?

By Stephanie Lewark
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The St. Louis Blues have a few free agents they will need to consider this coming off-season.  There are restricted free agents Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart; and unrestricted free agents Jordan Leopold and Andy McDonald.  Of course the Blues general manager, Doug Armstrong, cannot keep the roster intact, so a few if not a majority of these players will probably no longer with St. Louis by the trade deadline in July.

The other concern for Armstrong would be to decrease the number of goalies by one.  Currently, there are three goalies on the roster due to injuries during the season, which is more than teams typically keep.  There is no doubt that the Blues will be parting ways with one of them whether it be by trade or re-assigning one to their new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves (previously the Peoria Rivermen).  Most likely, Jake Allen will be the probable candidate to return to the AHL.  It will still remain to be decided who the starting goaltender would be between Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott although other reports have said that Allen and Elliott would be the two remaining with the Blues and Halak would be the odd-man-out to be dealt in a trade.  It is quite possible seeing as how Halak was unable to remain healthy this season.

Regardless, Armstrong has a lot of work ahead of him and it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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