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Report: Blues are shopping Chris Stewart

Feb 9, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Chris Stewart #25 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens at the Scottrade Center on December 19, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. Getty Images

There’s a roster freeze in effect, so obviously no trades will be announced in the near future. That being said, once the Olympics are over, it won’t be long until the trade deadline and we might be in for some blockbusters.

One of the players whose name keeps coming up St. Louis’ Chris Stewart.

He’s a physical forward and a threat to score that would fit nicely on a lot of team’s second or third line. The Blues have been giving him just 13:39 minutes per contest this season though and have been offering him to teams around the league, according to the Ottawa Sun’s sources.

Some squads might balk at his $4.15 million annual cap hit through the 2014-15 campaign, but the Ottawa Senators are believed to be interested in his services. They have more than enough room, even if they don’t necessarily intend to spend to the ceiling. At 26, Stewart is also young enough to factor into Ottawa’s long-term plans as well as provide them with a boost during their current battle for a postseason spot.

They might not be the only team in the mix though. Earlier reports linked Stewart to the New York Rangers as part of a potential trade involving Ryan Callahan.

  1. csilojohnson - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Where is he able to play?
    Left, right, center?
    Can think of a few teams that would benefit from his size and skill set.

    • bluesrawesome - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Rw. Amazing fighter but he has potential to be 1st line player but hes so inconsistent and just isn’t a clutch player yet he has all the skills to be that type of player. He’s been given the chance to play on the line throughout the season but failed to take advantage of it.

      • bluesrawesome - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Ceci,Lazar, a high draft pick from Ottawa? When we played Ottawa last week Zibinajad seems like a hell of a player he was so fast in the game last week vs the Blues.

      • guitarhunterdude - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        He reminds me a bit of Devin Setoguchi. Inconsistent as all hell. Has the talent and physical tools to be a difference maker, but doesn’t give consistent effort. Obviously the two are pretty different players (power forward vs sniper/shooter), but they’re similar in their apparent lack of effort.

      • sens101 - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:01 AM

        You think they are gonna give up Cecil, lazar and a high pick? Lolol that would be two first round picks and then some, for an inconsistent winger who isn’t worth his current rate of pay. Murray will take him on the cheap but that’s about it!

    • bluesrawesome - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      No I meant one of eaither ceci, Zibenajad, lazar, or their 1st round pick this year not more than one of those.

  2. canadiansportsfan77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Vanek for Stewart and Jake Allen

    • 19inarow - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Intriguing. Allen, yes (big YES), but if Stewart really is that inconsistent and doesn’t give a consistent effort, I wouldn’t want him on my team. Grabner and Bailey are inconsistent, but their efforts aren’t; they always give everything they’ve got. Okposo was the same way, but he’s finally (and hopefully for good) broken through. Always a great effort.

      • bcisleman - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Sometimes a change of teams changes attitudes as well.

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        The Blues get a much needed offensive punch to their lineup and the appeal of Stewart is the defensive aspect he brings to his game…something non-existent to the Isles game.

        He could help them kill penalties and they could most likely match him up with Neilson to form a strong shut down line.

    • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I don’t think Allen is going anywhere for a rental. Halak and Elliot are both FAs after this season.

      • bcisleman - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Maybe not. StL doesn’t seem to have any scoring or PP issues. Only reason they’d even be in on Vanek is if they thought he’d be that last bit of firepower they’d need to get past the Hawks and Ducks. He does have 3 more points than their two leading scorers. Isles might take Halak and Stewart if Halak agreed to re-sign. It’d have to be pretty sweet for him to agree to leave a contender for a team almost certain not to be in the post season this year.

      • paperlions - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I am not saying that I don’t think they’d be interested in Vanek….they could/should be….but I don’t think they’ll give up Allen for a rental that might increase their odds of winning the cup by 1% or so this year and then be gone.

    • jhaegs - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      No way in Hell the Blues would give up Allen. He is our future goaltender, especially with Els and Halak being FA’s after this season. Even if the Blues acquired Miller, it’d still be a no-go…

      • jhaegs - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        Sorry paperlions, didn’t read your comments before replying… Should’ve just said “ditto” ;)

      • paperlions - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM

        No worries.

        I would guess that the organization was planning ahead when they traded Bishop for so little (he was ready and needed to be traded or played). So, maybe they actually just figured that they were set with Halak and Elliot signed through this year and Allen taking over next year.

  3. ddefran87 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Change of scenery was good for Perron it might be good for Stewart. He doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of ice time which means he can’t contribute as much.

  4. pxland - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Hey! He can be reunited with Craig Anderson, and his wife.

  5. djshnooks - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    No, he absolutely does not belong on anyone’s first line. Sorry.

    He is a good player, but not that good.

    I still think Buffalo will be the biggest seller…Miller, Ott, Moulson, Tallinder, Stafford, Leino (for a bag of pucks), McCormick, McBain, Ehrhoff…lol, the anthem singer and zamboni…lmao.

    If the Blues could get Miller…I don’t think they will lose another game. I just don’t think they have enough intriguing pieces to give Buffalo. Their 1st round picks won’t be anything special, and they apparently will not trade Rattie or Jaskin. Stewart is a Ted Nolan player, but Buffalo has enough power-forward, 3rd/4th line type players.

    Going to be interesting either way.

  6. dirtyharry1971mom - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe Tampa Bay could swing a deal with Teddy Purcell and a pick or a prospect. They could use a power forward type player since Richard Panik didn’t really do much this year in that role. I’m sure giving him top minutes alongside one of St Louis or Stamkos would help his production/confidence. Even If they don’t offset Purcell’s contract, I would do probably do it for a 3rd rounder and a prospect. (then again I have no clue what the asking price for him is…)

    • flyerspsu - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      if any team could use a big, gritty guy who can fight in their core its Tampa

      • dirtyharry1971mom - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        That’s how Snider/Holmgren think the NHL works, you can build your team as tough as you want, if you can’t win its worthless. How many tough guys does Detroit have? 22 years in a row in the playoffs…Toronto are better without Colton Orr in the lineup, Boston without Thornton, and Ottawa without Chris Neil…Flyers without (well he’s not exactly a fighter) Luke Schenn…

        The NHL is no longer in the 1970s, believe me Jon Cooper would love a fighter in the lineup, like he had in Norfolk when they won the Calder cup, but Yzerman doesn’t want one.

        PS Enjoy Lecavalier 5 years. I’m glad I am NOT a Flyers fan!

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