The Blues were like many NHL clubs that partook in this year’s trade-deadline deals, in that the “heavy lifting” was done before the final day.

Seventeen trades were consummated around the league Wednesday, and just one involving the Blues. They sent defenseman Wade Redden to Boston for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014, trimming their defensemen to a manageable group of eight.

Outside of Marian Gaborik going to Columbus, deadline day lacked the quality of names that fans have seen change sweaters in the past several days, such as Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and Jay Bouwmeester to the Blues.

But teams like the Blues, who added Jordan Leopold last week, believe they have done enough for the stretch drive — and what a wild one it should be. In addition to the 16 teams that were holding a playoff spot Wednesday, seven more were within three points of a postseason ticket before Wednesday’s games.

“I think we were looking all year to improve the team and looking at ways we could do it that made sense, but making sense means we also know what’s on the horizon,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We know that there’s a lot of younger players that we’re going to have to make decisions on long-term. I don’t think we wanted to go and do anything panic-wise.”

“We got Leopold really for the stretch run, take a hard look at him, and then we got Jay to be part of the group for long term. I like the fact that management is committed to making us better. They’re not just sitting and watching the group. I think the players are impressed by this. They feel an even higher sense of obligation to try to help out as much as management is helping them.”