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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.

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