It was a very good season for the St. Louis Blues in making it to the playoffs. The team has four restricted free agents this offseason, and it sounds like the team is going to match each and every offer sheet that is signed by their players to make sure that they return next year. It is a very bold move and one that could backfire in the future, but for the time being, this is the smartest decision that could be made in St. Louis.
You have two of the top players on the team in Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart who could find their way out of town if the team doesn’t match any offers. The Blues aren’t going to let that happen because why would you let your top scorer in Stewart just leave town? You don’t do that sort of thing unless there are some major issues that no one knows about. I haven’t heard anything like that, though.
The team may decide they want to trade one of those players if they think they can get something of value back, but that’s not likely either in my opinion. The Blues will go into next season with the same roster as they had this year, and if they can play in a similar way, they will find their way back into the playoffs. Shattenkirk and Stewart are major pieces to the puzzle for St. Louis over the next few years. This isn’t the time to leave that plan, and the team obviously thinks the same way about their four restricted free agents.