Blues Move Redden/Jaskin to Join Blues this Season?
The Blues did most of their work leading up to the deadline in acquiring Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester but still managed to make some noise on Wednesday.
With nine d-men on the roster the Blues needed to unload a player. Wade Redden made the most sense when you consider both Ian Cole and Kris Russell, at this time, factor into the organization’s plans next season.
The Blues moved Redden to Boston in exchange for a 2014 conditional 7th round pick.
It would have been difficult for Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to run a practice with nine defensemen. In fact there was serious consideration to play Russell or Cole at forward if the Blues didn’t move a D-man.
Both Russell and Cole can skate and at the very least could get in on the forecheck.
The Bouwmeester trade was more about next season than this year. There’s no way the Blues make this deal for a rental and having Bouwmeester under contract in 2013-2014 is what made this deal so attractive.
The Blues are hopeful his immigration work is completed in time to join the Blues in Chicago.
Bouwmeester will play with Alex Pietrangelo whil Jordan Leopold pairs with Kevin Shattenkirk. Roman Polak and Barret Jackman round out the defensive pairings.
Kris Russell, who has played some of his best hockey recently, can’t be too thrilled with being the odd man out but Hitchcock will likely sit down with him soon.
Injuries can happen pretty quickly and you can be sure he will have an opportunity to make an impact before the year is over.
Sources say the Blues received some calls on Russell as well.
The Blues have officially signed QMJHL star and former 2nd rounder Dmitrij Jaskin to an entry level contract. This deal has been done for several days but was put on hold until he bought his way out of his contract with Slavia Praha in the Czech Pro League. He and his agent were able to bring the number down to where they were comfortable buying his way out of the deal.
Jaskin is hopeful to have his visa paperwork finished by the weekend before he reports to Peoria. The Blues wanted this deal done before the deadline to enable them to call him up to the NHL club between now and the end of the season. At 20 years old Jaskin is already burning a year of his entry level contract this season.
Many inside the organization are very excited with that this kid brings to the table. Some believe he’s better than fellow 20 year-old Brandon Sadd of the Chicago Blackhawks.
In 51 games this past season with Moncton he put up 99 points in 51 games.
At 6’3 and over 200 pounds, Jaskin brings an NHL body to go along with his skillset.
Jaskin certainly comes with far more experience than any NCAA player that signs out of school. How many college kids play two years of pro hockey and one year of major junior before turning pro?
The news isn’t great with goaltender Jaroslav Halak who Ken Hitchcock said this morning is “out” for an indefinite period of time. The three week timetable has been tossed around but this groin injury has lingered throughout the season and you just have to let it play out. Hitchcock did say there is no guarantee he returns before the end of the regular season.
The job until then is up for grabs between Jake Allen and Brian Elliott. Obviously whoever plays better and gives his team the best chance to win will see the majority of games.
Elliott has recently shown signs of turning things around but there is a difference between starting and coming off the bench. From a psychological standpoint, starting presents an entirely different challenge. I think a lot of people are interested to see how Elliott performs Thursday in Chicago.
Keith Tkachuk joins me tonight live from Johnny Mac’s for Blues Buzz. The show starts at 6:00 and can be heard on am 590 the Fan.
Good luck to the U-18 and U-14 AAA Blues who are competing in the USA Hockey National tournament this week in Pittsburgh.
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