I like this trade because I'll never hear about golf carts again.
Avalanche fans aren't happy about losing Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk. Blues fans aren't happy about losing Jay McClement and Erik Johnson. So, are we caling this a wash, here?
I'm actually kind of all-right. Not only does it streamline my following of the Stewart Bros (and my bud AverageJoe gave me a killer tag for my site - "The Official Site Of The Stewart Parents"), but it also gives the Blues scoring punch coupled with a player that no one wants to play against - and that we'll never have to play against again. Chris Stewart has 30 points in 36 games this year - he missed a few weeks after breaking his hand in a fight. He's a tenacious power-forward who can crash the net, score, irritate the opposition, and if he winds up on a line with David Backes and TJ Oshie, will drive EVERYONE insane.
The EJ part of the trade surprises me. I do think that the golf cart accident hurt his development a bit and he's been under-playing, especially defensively, but the Blues just re-signed him to some huge contract, so it seemed like the had a little faith in taking time for his development. Granted, that faith was for two years, so maybe the patience just wasn't there. Upshot is that STL saves a ton of dough in getting a younger 1st rounder who still has 2 years left in an entry level contract. Also, the Blues get a scoring D man who actually has been scoring. Shattenkirk, a 14th overall pick from the 2007 draft, has been having an excellent rookie season. He has seven goals and 19 assists so far this season in comparison to Johnson's 5-14-19.
I think that the Blues got the better end of this deal depending on the development of Johnson. If he continues to stall out, and Shattenkirk keeps playing the way that he has been, STL wins. If not, well, there're always decent D men on the market, right? At least the forwards'll be impossible, or at least unpleasant, to play against, and the Blues got Colorado's 2006 and 2007 first round draft picks who have been playing like first round draft picks. Other than emotional attachment and some shock, there's not a whole lot to complain about here.