Top 5 Trades In St. Louis Blues History
5. Red Berenson & Barclay Plager for Ron Attell & Ron Stewart – November 29, 1967
He may not have played his entire career with St. Louis but this was one of the stand-out players on the Canadiens roster when they were a dominant force in the 60s. The four consecutive years that Berenson did spend with the Blues, he put up the points to prove he was worth the trade. Baraclay Plager was one of three Plager brothers that played for the Blues. He was named the team’s second captain and led the team for three years to the Stanley Cup Finals.
4. Wayne Gretzky for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif & Roman Vopat – February 27, 1996
How can you not argue that a trade of two “no-name” roster players for “The Great One” wouldn’t be on the top 5. Wayne Gretzky is the greatest in hockey and when his trade was announced to the Blues the town was in a frenzy. He only played 18 games but in those games he scored eight goals and 13 assists. Alongside Brett Hull, imagine if he would have lasted a bit longer here.
3. Pavol Demitra for Christer Olsson – November 27, 1996
When Pavol Demitra came to the St. Louis Blues, he brought a world of talent and a ton of goals for the team. Two years into playing with the Blues would be Demitra’s breakout year scoring 89 points and playing in the 2002 All Star Game. Demitra scored 204 goals in his eight seasons with the Blues. His only downside was that he did not perform in the playoffs for the Blues. But it was obvious when he was traded away that the team would miss his goal scoring ability.
2. Al MacInnis for Phil Housley – July 4, 1994
A hall-of-famer traded to the Blues from the Calgary Flames. No it’s not Brett Hull, but we will get to that. Al MacInnis changed the blue line for the Blues and in the NHL. Eight years into the NHL, MacInnis won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989. MacInnis led the champions with 31 points in the playoffs. He won two gold medals, was a 2-time All Star, Norris trophy winner, and won the Hardest Shot Award. MacInnis and Pronger was the best tandem in the NHL. MacInnis had 326 points in the NHL and hit the record books plenty of times while in the Blues sweater.
1. Steve Bozek & Brett Hull for Rob Ramage & Rick Wamsley – March 7, 1988
Now we get to the best player to ever wear the St. Louis Blues uniform. He spent his first four seasons with the Calgary Flames until he was traded to St. Louis. His first full season Brett put up 41 goals in 78 games which brought plenty of attention to the St. Louis Blues to see this wonder. The next three years would put Brett Hull on the map in the NHL. In 89-90 Hull scored 72 goals in 80 games, 90-91 86 goals in 78 games, and 91-92 70 goals in 73 games. He won the MVP in 1990 while playing for the St. Louis Blues and although never won the Stanley Cup with the Blues, made hockey a large entity in St. Louis.