The pace will pick up this week as the Blues search for a player who can help pick up their scoring pace in the playoffs.

With the two-day NHL draft beginning Friday in Philadelphia and free agency to start July 1, trade talks around the league are in full swing, and there is a possibility the Blues could go that route to land a top-end center.

The club has checked on the availability of Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, among others, according to sources.

“You hear the names being bandied around, but that’s mostly in social media,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We’re obviously in contact with all 29 other teams. Some players that you hear about are maybe in play and some aren’t. You just have to deal with reality.”

The possibility of adding Spezza, 31, is intriguing. The Senators’ captain has 687 points in 686 regular-season games and 52 points in 56 postseason contests.

Spezza has one season left on a seven-year, $49 million contract. His deal comes with a $7 million cap hit for 2014-15, but because Spezza was paid $8 million a season in each of the first five years of the contract, he is owed a payroll-friendly $4 million next year.

Last week, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said that he was holding two “serious” offers for Spezza. The Blues are believed to have made their interest well known, along with Anaheim.

The Senators are said to be seeking a top-six forward, a top prospect and a first-round pick.

“Teams always ask for a lot,” Armstrong said. “That’s why there’s no deals made until the deadlines, whether it’s the trade deadline or the draft. It’s because the marketplace is usually higher. If there’s a need, you pay that price. If there’s not a hard desire, you let it play out. If you let it play out and get too cute, you don’t get the player. But if you’re not comfortable with the price, that’s probably the best decision.”