I see Stewart gone in the off season due to his play or lack there of and the money situation.
Stewart just doesn't fit Hitchcock's style of play. It takes hard work to go along with skill to put up 25-30 goals in his system and Stewart doesn't put in that work night in and night out.
The potential for Stewart to return to being a 28 goal scorer is still there. I'd move him for a good LH d-man in the offseason before teams start to become wary of him. Jack Johnson was always my hope but not now that he is in Columbus.
Whoever plays Schwartz over Stewart is bat**** crazy IMO. Stewart needs to be in the lineup. He still is one of our better natural goal-scorers, has solid speed, and provides toughness and a willingness to stick up for teammates which we will need with Crombeen and Reaves likely not playing much in the postseason. Schwartz has played what, 5 games? And he should be in the lineup over Stewart? No. I understand the Blues are burning a year on his ELC but I don't care. Maybe the Blues should have thought of that. Look, I'm happy for Schwartz but don't think his signing was completely necessary. Stewart is much more suited to play in the playoffs (he was good with Colorado in 2009) than a 19-year old kid who has barely gotten used to life as an NHL player. Schwartz has scored 2 goals but let's not act like he's been the 2nd coming of Jesus here. He's had some blown defensive assignments and isn't exactly the best player on the ice. Frankly he may not be ready for the playoff-style game and should be one of the candidates to sit.