With Halak hurt doesn't look like we will be acquiring a goalie during the deadline. I could see Perron or Berglund sent packing with Cole and maybe Ottawa's 2nd for an upgrade at forward. So my dreams of Halak+Cole for Miller went out the window when he went down this game.
Moving McDonald would be great. Just clear that salary and get it over with, he won't be back. Get a bigger, grittier forward for the playoffs. Oh man.
Armstrong has done well so far, but I'm getting greedy. If he can swing one more deal for up front I'll be a happy camper. We have the depth to make a trade without giving up any picks or good prospects.
I personally would do any of Perron/Berglund/Oshie and Cole for Stas, but a lot of other fans here don't like his contract and think he is on decline in his career. I don't want to get into the whole deboggle unless the poster's who didn't agree have had their minds changed since we last talked about it with the whole Bouwmeester thing happening and all.
The need a scoring center. Solely based on this year's play they have a #2 (Backes) and a #3 (Berglund). They don't need any wingers, 4th liners or defensemen. Scoring centers who might be available, Ribiero.
If not a center possibly a goalie.
It's conceivable they're looking at Halak with his groin injury and thinking it might not be until the playoffs he's back and maybe not at all if the Blues lose round 1. We might not see Halak this year. If he's out 4-6 weeks with the groin (Hitchcock said "awhile") then the Blues will either go out early or another guy will have taken the net by winning playoff rounds as an underdog.
So a goalie is not out of the question. Cole for Kiprusoff?
Ribeiro is probably the only Center on the market that the Blues ought to be pursuing.
Redden and Russell will probably stay on as depth. If Panger is right and Cole is waiver eligible, I could see him being moved....or not, if there's no deal. His salary isn't terribly high, but 9 defensemen is probably more than necessary. Anyway, Russell is the true #7.
What are the Capitals' needs? What would the Blues need to give up to get Ribeiro?