ST. LOUIS BLUES
NEEDS: Blues get amazing offense from Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz, but are topheavy. It’s time to pursue a big-name veteran forward.
AVAILABILITY: It may take a big-time prospect to acquire a star. Robert Thomas? Jordan Kyrou?
UFAs: P. Stastny (C), C. Hutton (G), M. Paajarvi (LW), K. Brodziak (C), S. Upshall (LW)
TRADE BAIT: Vince Dunn, Jake Walman and Jordan Schmaltz battled for one roster spot in the fall, each bringing similar skills as puck-moving defensemen. St. Louis’ NHL defense corps is already plenty talented, making one of that young trio expendable. Dunn made the Blues this year and has settled into regular duty, so Walman and Schmaltz are trade candidates.