With the recent announcement of a new cap structure to the HFNHL, the St. Louis Blues find themselves up against the cap wall, so to speak. With a pro roster with at least 22 players non-waiver eligible, and with those players over the cap by close to $1M, the organization, while not desperate, is anxious to create some much needed breathing room. Even at 21 players, they are seemingly a hair over the cap, depending on who makes that final roster post-ratings.
As such, the following players are on the block, with the expectation of the exchange of less salary coming back the other way. The Blues could include cash in a deal, for those teams not anxious to take on too much extra salary.
David Bolland: the ultimate 3rd line / 2nd line two-way center, the Blues may not have the luxury of having an elite checking center any longer. At $3.375M per year, he is hardly breaking the bank, but with a solid two-way center in Lars Eller pushing Bolland at $2M less per year, trading him has become a plausible option. Going forwared in Toronto, Bolland is likely to see an increase in quality minutes versus with a deeper Hawks team. Management denies Bolland has been put on the block simply because rooting for him would mean rooting for a Leaf.
Erik Cole: While Cole had an off year in the shortened season with only 9 goals in 47 games, the reality is he scored over 60 goals in the previous two seasons and will still have a terrific SC rating given the weighted average, not to mention solid other ratings. He is the perfect short-term SC winger who can play either side of center. 1 year left on his deal at $3 million.
Michael Frolik: Another elite checker who now has been traded to a team where he will once again be given PP time, unlike in Chicago. Signed for 3 more years at $1.9M, the Blues are not anxious to part with him but recognize a cheaper replacement will create some space.
Daniel Alfredsson: The wild card in trade discussions. While most observers would never have dreamed of Alfie ever not retiring a Blue, there are rumblings there may have been a sudden change of heart from both camps on his stay with the team. The Blues would be forced to pay the $5.8M penalty pre-deadline, but there are rumours they are prepared to do so in the right deal.
Also open to any other creative ideas teams might have.
A bump here, as this trade was rejected by the powers that be, and watching Bolland last night in a Leafs jersey just reminded me why I never hang on to Leafs very long. So Blue and White lovers, get your offers in.
Plus, Alfie is still available if anyone will take the Judas.