The St. Louis Blues were really good for about a month this season. After that month, goaltender Jaroslav Halak came back down to earth, then got injured, and the rest of the team kind of disappeared.
Even though the Blues could still make a theoretical push for the playoffs -- a five-or six-game win streak could put them back in the thick of things -- their management has seen the writing on the wall and begun the rebuild while assets maintained their value. That means goodbye to underachieving Erik Johnson, defensive-forward Jay McClement and UFA-to-be Eric Brewer.
Needs: Scoring in all forms, defense to eat up the minute lost by Brewer and Johnson, penalty kill help to replace McClement.
Prediction: Some team wildly overpays for Ty Conklin but Jackman continues to wear the bluenote.
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