There are places where the St. Louis Blues could improve heading into next season, and I would have to believe that one of those spots would be with the team’s offense. There is one player who could become available that would really assist St. Louis in becoming a better offensive team. It’s possible that Brad Richards may be out there for the taking if the New York Rangers decide to get rid of him after he ended up on the bench late in the playoffs.
The Blues didn’t have a lot of high-powered scoring options this season, but they did have nine players score at least 20 points. While the balanced scoring is a good thing, you would love to see another player brought in who could score 25-30 goals a season. Richards finished this season with 34 points in 46 games including 11 goals, and he is a player who can score points which is what the Blues desperately need.
You can look at players like Alex Steen and Chris Stewart to lead this team next season, but if you can put a line on the ice that has Steen, Stewart and Richards together, it could lead to a big season for the Blues. I’m not positive that the Rangers will get rid of Richards just yet though, even after sitting the last two games. He is a player that St. Louis must keep an eye on, however, if they want to improve their offense heading into next season. The Blues could easily get back to the level they were this season with a move like this.