Peace out, Brad. Thanks for your couple years of high-production, the fact that you tried to be a plus player, and the fact that you enjoyed being in STL. It's appreciated.
Some folks on St. Louis Game Time noticed that The Whipping Children of the Blues were being traded away for picks today - does that equal a fire sale? Well, when you trade roster guys for calling up AHLers, yes. Here's the run-down:
- Eric Brewer to the Lightning for a 3rd rounder and Brock Beukeboom... a pick and a twice concussed prospect two years out.
- Brad Boyes to the Sabres for a 2nd rounder... a former 42 goal scorer who won't crack 20 this year, if he cracks 15. Blues fans will be saddened by the departure of the Brad Boyes drinking game, where you take a drink every time he shoots wide or high of the net. That alcohol was the only thing helping us cope with the season.
- Brad Winchester to the Ducks for a 3rd rounder... Winny's been scoring well this year for him, but it's a bit of a fluke. Most noted for concussing his own teammates and being effective on the PK. He'll fit in with the Ducks' typical gritty offense.
What does this all mean? Fire sale? Not making the playoffs? Stockpiling picks for a trade at the draft? Duh. The chances of making the playoffs are dwindling, especially with the teams ahead of the Blues winning. The West might be a logjam, but injuries have taken their toll on the Blues this year. Unless a miracle happens, they're not playoffin'.