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Any GMs looking to send 50-goal scorers to St. Louis, give Doug Armstrong a buzz

May 13, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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After scoring just 10 goals in a six-game playoffs ouster, the St. Louis Blues know they need more offense.

But, as GM Doug Armstrong points out, offense isn’t easy to come by.

“This is a public cry that for any GMs that have 50-goal scorers that they want to send to St. Louis, give me a call,” Armstrong joked (we think) to the Belleville News-Democrat. “This doesn’t happen, you have to deal in reality.

The reality is with free agency the way it is now, teams tie up those elusive top-end goal scorers. They draft them. Malkin, Crosby, Tavares, Stamkos were drafted by those teams.”

The Blues have now been bounced in consecutive series by the Kings, and a lack of goalscoring has been a major theme throughout (in 2012, the Blues scored just six times in a four-game sweep.)

In his season-ending remarks, head coach Ken Hitchcock cryptically referred to needing more “from people that are homegrown,” and “the boys we built around.”

One could assume Hitch was referring to players St. Louis drafted that failed to produce this series: David Perron (no goals), Patrik Berglund (one goal) and possibly captain David Backes, a two-time 30 goal scorer that now has just four tallies in 19 playoff games.

That said, there are other culprits as well.

Two “un-homegrown” players — Andy McDonald and Chris Stewart — were virtual no-shows in the playoffs, combining for one point.

Stewart was the team’s leading goalscorer during the regular season (with 18) and McDonald led the Blues in playoff scoring last year with 10 points in nine games.

So no surprise their disappearing acts threw the Blues off course.

That said, it doesn’t sound as though St. Louis is planning a roster shakeup. If the words from Hitchcock and Armstrong suggest anything, the Blues will simply demand more of the players they currently have.

“It’s incumbent upon the players in this room to find out how to produce when the lights are the brightest, to score those goals,” he said. “If I can find a guy that can come in and help us score goals, certainly we’re gong to look at doing it.

“But to think that player’s out there and teams just give them away and say ‘Geez, it’s St. Louis’s time to win, we’ll give you Ovechkin.’… You’ve got to deal in reality.”

  1. shoobiedoobin - May 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I’ve seen worse teams score more. Sometimes it’s more about will than skill.

    That, and stop trapping. Maybe you’ll score more.

  2. tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t see any significant flaws with this team going forward. They drew the short straw and found the one team who is just slightly better at playing their game than they are. Chalk this up to more playoff experience.

  3. biasedhomer - May 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The Blues don’t really have that go to guy on offense.
    They could try trading Shattenkirk to get a rising star forward. Not sure who exactly is out there that fits the bill, are Evander Kane trade rumors out there still?

  4. hockeydon10 - May 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Coaches teach and preach team defense. St. Louis is no different. Why do coaches teach this? Because players can be taught to play good team defense, positional defense, etc.

    Players cannot be taught to be 50 goal scorers. Someone either has the talent to snipe in 50+ goals or they do not. It’s possible to teach a 50 goal scorer to play better defensively. It’s not possible to teach a great defensive player — one who scores in the range of 20-25 goals — the sort of natural talent to make him into a 50 goal scorer. The only way you’re going to teach someone to become a 50 goal scorer is if they’re already close.

  5. billyhauntswizards - May 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    you can have Brad Richards for Chris Stewart :D!

  6. phillyphanatic77 - May 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Is it better to have one go-to guy like Stamkos or to have scoring depth? Most would take the 50-goal scorer but I prefer depth, bc when teams key in on your star you’re essentially screwed. It’s hard to rely on just one player and win. The Blues have serious scoring depth, eventhough they didn’t really come thru against LA. But Quick had a lot to do with that. I mean they have Backes, Berglund, Oshie, Stewart, Steen, Perron, and young guys like Tarasenko, Schwartz, and Jaskin. All those guys are potential 20+ goal scorers, and that’s before you even mention Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk on the backend. I think the Rangers reliance on Nash is a good example of the pitfall of dependence on one star. When he doesn’t score they have trouble putting the puck in. I’d take the Blues depth over that anyday.

    • tfaltin - May 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      More like our reliance on Derek Brassard, recently.

  7. travishenryskid - May 13, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Buffalo could be your one stop shop with Vanek and Miller probably being available. You just have to be prepared to part with good young prospects like Tarasenko or Rattie.

    • 22bju - May 13, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      I like this idea or here is some other ideas to consider:

      Halak for Ryan Miller?

      Patrick Berglund and Ian Cole for Paul Stastny?

      David Perron and Brian Elliot for Phil Kessel?

  8. nolockoutpricks - May 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    i think the wild would be willing to get ride of danny healty and his hefty contract on the the cheap

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