Playing on a team like the St. Louis Blues is probably pretty good for you. After all, playing for a team that will be contending for the Stanley Cup for the foreseeable future has to be amazing. However, then business gets in the way.
That business is the trading business. The Blues are not going to be able to retain all of their players as such a young team will have players coming out of entry-level deals pretty soon. That situation could cut Chris Stewart‘s time with the St. Louis Blues short.
According to Jeff Gordon (no, not that Jeff Gordon) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stewart might hear a trade rumor or two about himself during the Olympic Break. He lists the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators as teams that have inquired about Stewart’s services.
Stewart has one year left on his contract after this season in which his cap hit will be $4.2 million. Gordon notes that might make him a more preferable pickup rather than rental players at the trade deadline.
Gordon also writes that Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka are set to restricted free agents at the end of the season and they will probably getting raises. He also says that with Patrik Berglund also set to be an RFA and Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow set to be unrestricted free agents, the Blues have more than a few decisions to make.
The St. Louis Blues will be a top team for quite some time. However, it looks like Chris Stewart might not get to enjoy it.