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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Less than 24 hours after shipping defensemen Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay and Erik Johnson to Colorado, St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong met the media, Saturday morning.
Armstrong began with a message for Brewer, Johnson, and Jay McClement (who was traded to Colorado with Johnson), “They were true professionals who wore the Blue Note with pride and dignity. We thank them and wish them the best going forward.”
As for what the Blues are getting in return from Colorado, Armstrong said, “We think Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk are young players who are going to help us get to the areas we want to go. They make us a better team today, and more importantly a better team for the future.”
Stewart is 6’2″, 220 lb. forward who has 13 goals and 17 assists on the season. Armstrong says Stewart reminds him of some past and present NHL stars, “When I think of Stewart, I picture a Todd Bertuzzi, a Brendan Shanahan, a Jerome Iginla. He’s someone who can overpower players going to the net, but has a skill set to make plays.”
Armstrong is fired-up about the goal-scoring potential Stewart adds to the Blues, “I get a smile on my face when I think of Backes, Stewart, Oshie, Perron, Berglund, Steen, and then Tarasenko coming. I think we’ll be able to put the puck in the net on a regular basis. Having Backes and Stewart, I think we’ll be able to score in different fashions now.”
The second player coming from Colorado is 5’11″, 193 lb. rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Armstrong says he’ll help fill the void left behind by Johnson and Brewer’s departure, “He’s an excellent puck mover, great shot, can help us on the power play, can help our transition game, help generate offense.”
Armstrong is optimistic about a big finish for the Blues this season, “I still think this team can and will make the playoffs. We need to continue to play the way we’ve played recently.”
The Blues host Anaheim Saturday night, then Chicago on Monday afternoon, and then Colorado (with Johnson & McClement) comes to town on Tuesday night.
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