I've never felt this confident in a team that I've never seen play. Apparently Doug Armstrong has been studying wizardry in his free time because the moves he made this off-season were nothing short of wicked.
To recap Doug's moves:
- Signed David Perron (F) for four years at $4 million AAV (average annual value)
- Signed Tyler Bozak (C) for three years at $5 million AAV
- Signed Chad Johnson (G) for one year at $1.75 million AAV
- Traded for Ryan O'Reilly (C), and in doing so dumped Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, and the millions of dollars the Blues were overpaying them
- Signed St. Louis native Patrick Maroon (F) for one year at $1.75 million AAV
Armstrong told ESPN he reached out to John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk, but neither were interested in playing for St. Louis.
Perhaps my favorite quote from the ESPN interview:
"If they're interested in your franchise, great. If not, you move on to the next guy. You look at a guy like Perron: One player doesn't want to play here, another guy can't wait to get back here."
I'll also give props to Doug for calling a spade a spade back around the trade deadline last season. He knew the Blues were not a cup-contending team, so he didn't throw-in all of his chips. He saved them. And the team he rebuilt has brought Blues fans back to their crazy, bleeding-blue selves.
It's a good time to be a Blues fan. Is it October yet?
Owner, KSDK contributor