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Blues Trade Zach Sanford

The St. Louis Blues announced via Twitter, prior to tonight’s pre-season game, that fan whipping boy Zach Sanford has been traded to Ottawa in exchange for St. Louis native Logan Brown and a conditional fourth-round pick. Brown is the son of Blues Alumni Jeff Brown.

Sanford had a tremulous season in 2021. Turning the puck over in the defensive zone and not being in position. Fan of the BlueNote Fan Report have called for this trade all season.

Zach Sanford, why is he the fans’ #1 whipping boy?

Sanford was acquired by St. Louis in a trade deadline deal from the Washington Capitals along with Brad Malone and Washington’s 1st round pick (later traded to Philadelphia, where Philadelphia selected Morgan Frost) in 2017 NHL Draft for Kevin Shattenkirk and Pheonix Copley, on February 27, 2017. According to NHL.com.

Sanford has played 209 games in the NHL, all but 26 were for St. Louis. He has recorded 74 points (38 G, 36A) with only three points coming while he was a member of the Capitals. The Washington Capitals selected Sanford in the second round (No. 61) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Biggest goal of his career came in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against his hometown Boston Bruins. He netted the last goal in a 4-1 win, helping, bring St. Louis its first Cup.

Brown, the St Louis Native, was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 11th overall in the 2016 entry draft. He has played 30 games for the Sens registering 9 points (1G, 8A). He was only on the ice for 1 game in 2021.

Game On for Tarasenko, Thomas, and Saad

Let’s go Camping. The NHL’s 32 Teams Open Training.

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Vladimir Tarasenko at practice.

Vladimir Tarasenko will face St. Louis Blues Fans for the first time tonight after Jeremy Rutherford of the Athletic.com broke the story about him requesting a trade at the end of the 2021 season. Robert Thomas will center him along with newly acquired Brandon Saad. This is a line Berube has looked at extensively during the first three days of training camp and wants to see on the ice and at game speed and action.

“They’re talking too,” Berube said. “I read notes and stuff, you (media) guys are asking them questions and they feel like they’re pretty connected already and making some plays and starting to read off each other, so that’s good. We’ll see how it goes in the games.”

Just play Hockey 91. Tarasenko need to get on the ice.

In a press release on NHL.com, the Blues release the projected line-up based on the morning skate. Ville Husso will get the first start in net this season for the Blues.

Husso, the 6’3″ 205 lb Helsinki, Finland native, played in 17 games, starting 15 in 2021. He recorded a 9-6-1 record while registering a 3.21 GAA and a .893 save%. The Blues hope that he will improve on these numbers this season while backing up starter Jordan Binnington.

Veteran James Neal, who signed a Professional Try Out (PTO) will be on the Ice tonight. Neal has played 850 games in the NHL in a 14-year span, last playing two seasons and 84 games for the Edmonton Oilers. He has scored 555 points (294 G, 261 A).

The fourth line features two young guns in Dakota Joshua and Russian Alexie Toropchenko. Both played for the Blues during the Prospect tournament in Michigan. The Prospects were 1-1-1 during the tournament. Both Joshua and Toropchenko had good showings.

The Blues will host their first preseason game in two years on Saturday night when they meet the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Center (Bally Sports app, only in the St. Louis Metro Area, 101 ESPN on the NHL App).

Listed below are the Projected Lines ups based on the morning skate at Centene Community Ice Center.

According to Lou Koric (Updated)

Forwards

Jake Neighbours-Tyler BozakJames Neal

Kyle CliffordDakota Joshua-Alexei Toropchenko

Defense

Jake WalmanColton Parayko

Scott Perunovich-Robert Bortuzzo

Tyson Galloway-Steven Santini

Goalies

Ville Husso will start in goal and play two periods; Charlie Lindgren will be the backup and play the third period.

A look at the Blues Schedule for 2021-22

The Blues will return to the Central Division this season, after playing in the Honda West Division last season. The Blues will be joined by familiar rivals Chicago, Minnesota (tonight’s opponent), Nashville, Dallas, Winnipeg, Colorado, and newcomer Arizona. The Coyotes are Joining the Central to make room in the Pacific Division for the expansion Seattle Kracken.

Central Intelligence-NHL Central Division Preview (2021-22)

This season could be a watershed one for the front office. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2019, the Blues are 2-10-1 in the last two playoffs. Binnington has posted a 0-9 record with a 4.20 GAA and a .875 save %. The Blues finished last season fourth in the Honda West Division behind Colorado, Las Vegas, and Minnesota.

The current trade puts the Blues in cap compliance, according to Cap Friendly.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

PROJECTED CAP HIT Tooltip : $80,768,849
PROJECTED LTIR USED Tooltip : $0
PROJECTED CAP SPACE Tooltip : $731,151
CURRENT CAP SPACE Tooltip : $731,151
DEADLINE CAP SPACE Tooltip : $2,478,478
TODAYS CAP HIT Tooltip : $80,768,849
ROSTER SIZE: 22/23
CONTRACTS: 45/50
RESERVE LIST: 61/90
INJURIES: 0
The Blues could use the remaining money on either Neal or Frolik to help bolster either the Power Play with Neal or the Pentely Kill with Frolik.
Frolik has played 858 games in the NHL, last playing for Montreal. He was a healthy scratch during the Canadiens Stanley Cup Final appearance last season. He has scored 13 short-handed goals. He won the Stanley cup in 2013  with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has also played for Winnipeg, Florida, Calgary, and Buffalo.

Till Next time Hockey fans,

I am Bleeding Blue wit ya.

Guy “Hawaii Blues Fan” Bensing

Guy@stlfanreport.com

@hawaiibluesfan @Bluenotereport

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