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By Allan Muir
Let’s all offer a word of thanks to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Without his bold move last Friday night to acquire Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from the Sabres, the build-up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline in this cap-strangled world could have been a lot less interesting.
That’s not to say we’re anticipating a series of blockbuster deals, each more spectacular than the last. But when Armstrong went all in he dared the rest of the league to ante up. And given how many teams see themselves as Cup contenders, you can expect that his challenge will be met.
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So, what lies ahead? We thought we’d have a little fun by matching up sellers with prospective buyers to see where there might be some common ground. And just to be sure that we’re not veering wildly into fantasyland, we asked an NHL pro scout to give these proposals a once-over. Most, repeat most, passed the smell test, but there are a couple that he thought were “worse than what those message board guys come up with.”
But then he added, “I can’t figure out what’s going on with a lot of [real] trades. Remember [Martin] Erat for [Filip] Forsberg? Nothing surprises me anymore.”
With that thought in mind, here are 10 deals we’d like to see: