Stewart's next contract
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02-02-2012, 03:40 PM
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Been talked about ad nauseam but with the Blues need for a top 4 LHS/left-side D-man and Stewart continuing to struggle, any interest in Martin if the market for defensemen continues to dry up?
He doesn't possess the physicality you may want, but he can absolutely be a top pairing guy for you and imo, would play his best hockey with an offensive D-man.
He's excellent if he doesn't have to be relied upon to produce offense, which your team with Shattenkirk and Pietro is a good fit. Keep his game simple with forcing turnovers and starting the rush.
He's playing pretty poorly this year, relatively speaking.
NMC aside, I like Martin and think he would be a good fit here, but I wouldn't deal Stewart for him. The Blues need Stewart to start scoring like he has in the past more than they need to upgrade Colaiacovo into Martin. Regardless of how the rest of this year pans out, I'm pretty high on Stewart moving forward.
About the best the Blues could realistically offer (if they even wanted him at that salary), IMO, is something like Colaiacovo (need to move a LHD body back the other way) + D'Agostini + moderate future value. Pens get a defenseman on an expiring contract who plays a good two-way game, another speedy two-way depth scoring winger (15-20G, 30-45P) on a cheap contract who can fit into the top 6, a decent amount of cap space breathing room moving foward, and something worth about a mid-pick.
I doubt that gets a deal done.
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