Here comes another round of St. Louis Blues trade rumors. Just as the Ryan Miller speculation was starting to die down, the Blues started playing some uninspired hockey which placed the spotlight back on the net and the men who reside there.
A report from the Edmonton Journal believes that the Blues have some pieces they can part with in order to secure a "true #1" goaltender. Specifically, the Blues could part with Jaroslav Halak, Magnus Paajarvi and a first-round pick in order to go out and secure the services of a starting goaltender such as Ryan Miller.
As always, it's important to remember this is just a discussion and pure speculation, but it's interesting seeing who other writers believe the Blues would have to part with in order to change their situation in goal.
When it comes to the Ryan Miller rumors, too often fans forget about one key element: What the Blues would have to give up. Miller won't come cheap. In this specific scenario, parting with Halak may not be a huge issue if you're receiving a goaltender in return. However, the price sounds a bit more steep when you add in the idea of Paajarvi (a guy you just received in the Perron trade) and a first-rounder. Sounds kind of pricey to me when you have two men (Halak and Elliott) who have some of the best numbers in the league.
So, would you make that trade? Personally, I wouldn't. I'm still not convinced a guy like Miller is the answer, but I wonder what other fans think when you actually see a few names on the St. Louis roster named as potential movable pieces.
@miendiem At this point I could see fans praising Miller even if he performs exactly like Halak. There's that huge divide that either loves or hates Halak. It's not really fair. Miller and Halak could post identical numbers and fans would still pick Miller just because he's not Halak.
You're 100% correct on that last point. Armstrong never (to date) tips his hand. All of the big trades have been almost total shockers and the Blues have come out (arguably) on top. I'd imagine that to be the case in the future as well.
I think my real issue with all of the Miller rumors is this: What if he's like Halak? In other words, what if he's really only good seeing a lot of shots, and turns out to be streaky at best if he doesn't get enough work each night? Sure, it's easy to say that he should be good, as he seems to be about the only thing between the Sabres and relegation to the AHL most nights, but given that that's the only team we've seen him in front of for years now, it seems like a reasonable question to ask before getting all excited about Miller being the difference-maker who would put the Blues into the Cup Final for the first time since 69-70.
As to the actual content of the trade, Armstrong seems to perpetually swing deals for less cost to the Blues than everyone speculates the deal will take - see also: Bouwmeester, Jay, and Stewart Trade, the (this may be under Shattenkirk Trade, the in the minds of a lot of fans these days, though), for a couple of examples. That said, I don't see giving up nearly that much for a UFA goalie with a stated preference to play on the west coast.