Could the Blues be interested in Ryan McDonagh?
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: The St. Louis Blues are looking for a top-four defenseman and they’d be a team to watch regarding Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh. It might take the Blues a few other moves to get it done, but GM Doug Armstrong likely has a few ideas to make it work.
Do the Blues want to move up or down in the draft?
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The St. Louis Blues currently own the No. 23 pick in the 2022 NHL draft. Could GM Doug Armstrong be interested in moving up or down?
“If they’re not there (at 23), we’ve studied the teams that have multiple picks in the late 20s and early 30s to potentially move back. We’ve contacted those teams, and now it’s just a wait-and-see attitude when you start crossing names off on Thursday night if you make any moves.
“I haven’t visualized any way that we can move up. And I haven’t been presented with an idea from another team on how they see that we can move up. So I don’t see us making a move higher in the draft. Again, that all changes with one phone call and one idea of someone smarter than me.”
All is quiet for Blues UFAs
GM Doug Armstrong on their UFAs:
“Nothing really to report there and quite honestly not surprising. What happens in my experience is that everyone who has baited their hooks, they’ve all thrown them in the pond now. And everyone’s waiting for a nibble.”