That's a name that hasn't been discussed as much, but I could see the Blues being interested in him. Not sure at the cost of Perron though.
Doesn't come up much because Phoenix is desperate for a center and it doesn't make much sense trading Vermette. Of course if we can get an actual offensive talent (something we are almost completely and entirely without) than it could make some sense to ship out Vermette and go back to the drawing board on the center issue.
I hope this is true. Perron is a good player but he doesn't fit in Hitchcock's system. Many nights he's on a completely different page than the rest of the team. He has a lot of passion and skill, but tries to do it all himself by stick-handling too long instead of using his teammates or actually shooting the puck. Also not very good defensively. He thinks he's a hotshot. He's constantly going offside or making his teammates go offside by dancing around the blueline instead of just carrying the puck in.
I think it'd definitely be in our best interest to swap him for a center of similar age and production (Pavelski and Plekanec for example are names we've discussed in the past). We'd want a deal around Kesler from Vancouver (realize we'd have to add but that's really all that interests me).
I personally think Perron belongs in the East, that'd suit his style more. No interest in Desharnais though so don't even bother with him.
We have no interest in an undersized winger with a concussion history so thank you but we will keep Pleks. He's a legitimate first line center and is criminally underrated on these boards.
Even if you refuse to believe all of the above he has a no trade clause and I highly highly doubt he would waive to go to St.Louis. In fact I doubt he would ever waive and I sincerely hope he never will. This team would go down in flames without him.
I could see Sobotka being an add in possibly on top of Perron + 2nd/3rd.
I couldn't. I don't see the blues trading Sobotka. He plays his role very well and can slide up and fill in on a scoring line if need be. I would say the blues are satisfied at this point with he and Jaden Scwartz to the point where it wouldn't make sense to move either.
I do believe the pieces are there to complete a deal though. Pavelski would be an ideal fit on the Blues and Perron has somewhat underwhelmed recently. I do believe Perron could become a very good player in the league, but he really needs to work on his skating and simplifying his game in order to do so. He seems to be more of an east - west player whereas the blues are a more north - south team.
That seems about right to me. Though, if Armstrong has something else planned, I could see them electing to swap our A/B level prospect with one of your B/Cs.
Schwartz just has significantly more value than the other two at this point (NHL ready, Parise-light style). Toss-up between Rattie and Jaskin as far as value goes. The prospect we would assuredly be willing to throw-in is our offensive D prospect Schmaltz...not sure he would alter the original deal (from our end), at all.