I thought Metropolit was pretty strong in his own end. Seemed to
be very well schooled in that aspect of the game. Beyond that,
I didn't see anything significant - certainly not anywhere close to
bringing a 2d, (or even a 3rd) round pick in return.
To me Metropolit and Ryan Johnson are vertually the same player.
I dont remember what the offers were but I did here that they got calls about him from teams.
I believe JD, when he says they got immediate offers for Metro. He COULD have traded him off for someone or future assets that might have helped The Blues in the long term. But The Blues needed 2 NHL-level forwards on the roster, to replace Guerin and Tkachuk. Metro could fill in enough to not have a TOTAL collapse of the offence, and make the team end up being unable to win another game. Such a collapse would have hurt team moral, and embittered the fans.
There's a threshhold of experience needed to run an offence, and man 4 forward lines. In The NHL, once you get below that minimum
level, it becomes very difficult to score.
Basically, The Blues needed a couple of NHL-level warm bodies at forward, and Metro and (to a lesser extent), Niemenen, filled that bill.
I don't think that bringing up Whitfield (and trading Metro) would have
been as good.