The Blues are looking for offensive help. But so are two Central Division rivals, Nashville and Dallas. New Predators coach Peter Laviolette is an offensive-minded coach. He doesn't want to cobble together an offense with a bunch of 35-point forwards, as predecessor Barry Trotz often did. Stars GM Jim Nill is in the market for a strong No. 2 center to play behind Tyler Seguin and balance up the attack. And that is exactly what the Blues need, too. A real offensive center to play between Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz could do wonders for the Note at even strength and bolster a power-play that became unplugged against the Blackhawks. The Blues could also add another goal-scoring winger because, well, a team can never had too many of those. European veteran Joakim Lindstrom was an interesting addition for training camp, but he would be a supporting cast contributor at best. These teams are looking at some of the very same players: Jason Spezza, C, Senators: He has year left on his deal in Ottawa. Rather than extend Spezza at huge dollars, Senators GM Bryan Murray may decide to move him for younger players. Spezza turns 31 this summer. He scored 23 goals in 75 games last season while earning a dreadful minus-26 rating. But he appears to be a great fit for the Blues on several fronts. He has scored 34 goals three times in his career and could flourish with better linemates in a new setting. His salary is moderate ($4 million) for next season and the Blues can take his $7 million cap hit. If he plays well, GM Doug Armstrong could offer him big money. If he doesn't play well, he could walk away as he did with Ryan Miller.
Blues must compete for scoring help
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jun 2