BenFred: What kind of trade deadline awaits the trending-up Blues?


Blue general manager Doug Armstrong watches his players take part in drills on the ice during the second day of the St. Louis Blues 2021 training camp at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (David Carson,

Ben Frederickson

Here are highlights from sports columnist Ben Frederickson’s weekly chat with St. Louis sports fans.

Q: The Blues are getting healthy and playing well. The trade deadline is coming. Who should the team target and what should they be willing to part with? Perhaps some of that promising talent that flashed when the roster was thin?

A: We saw the Blues sprint out of the gates to start the season, and now that they are nearing full health from injuries and COVID, with a lengthy time for most players until they have to be tested again, so there’s a real chance they could make another push now. Blues GM Doug Armstrong is going to be able to deal from a position of strength after showcasing the team’s depth. I wonder if he would entertain the idea of moving a goalie not named Jordan Binnington?

The deadline is not until March 21, so it’s a bit early to start tossing out specific names — especially this season due to injuries and COVID issues — but there is some cautionary news to consider. The market for buyers is not expected to be great, between the amount of…

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