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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  1. Toheeb says:

    Sorry that I did not see this sooner, Jim. My gaondsrn is 20 and still sports-obsessed. Many Autistics have obsession; for my gaondsrn it’s sports. My little buddy loves to game online with his Wii, and if it’s not a sports game it’s Rock Band or Guitar Hero. We watched the game, and of course he was ecstaic over the Saints’ win. We did our traditional high-10-low-10-hip-bump of victory for his team. I hope that this win helps NOLA get the additional attention that it still needs. As for what destroys a game, the emphasis on specialization has destroyed the enjoyment that I used to have. I am old enough to remember when players had to be able to multitask: play more than just one position, play both offense and defence, etc. One just doesn’t see the verssatility in the players anymore (sigh). My mother was a football fan all her life, and she hated the influx of specialization in the professional sport but continued to watch college ball until her death. I enjoy our local high school games. I have seen more heart and determination on the local high school fields in one game than in an entire NFL season. We watched our local working-class school underdog team hold off the better-rated opposing school with a goal line stand through 3 plays that changed the momentum of the game. We saw our boys defeat a school from a more high rent’ area at their homecoming; it was sheer bliss. My gaondsrn’s English teacher that year was also the coach for the JV cheer squad, and all of the girls were so sweet to him. When I was in high school, the cheerleaders did not sit in the cafeteria with the special ed kids or the odd’ kids, but those girls made my gaondsrn feel that he was just as good, just as worthy as anyone else in ways that I never could and for which I will always be grateful. It may explain why he is still sports-obsessed and why football remains a favorite. When you are different’, you never forget the first popular person/people who treat you well or the things that you associate with them. And fortuneately the FotF ad was s close to innocuous as it could get, so that was not a major issue at least. I agree with Nancy: if many of us hadn’t pitched a major fit, I do believe that the ad would have been much more blatant in its anti-choice agenda.

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