NHL Rumors: Lightning & Blues Emerging as Trade Partners

According to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman, the St Louis Blues are a team to watch this summer when it comes to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Word is the Bolts are moving on from McDonagh this offseason in order to shift some resources and give Mikhail Sergachev an even bigger role.

The Blues have some nice depth on their right side of their blueline with Justin Faulk and Colton Parayko and are looking for another piece to add to Torey Krug to round out their top four. Young blueliner Scott Perunovich is a player who could be heading to the Lightning if the deal transpires as this could allow the team to keep Ondrej Palat.

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The Blues have over $9 million in cap space to work with as they enter free agency and from all accounts it appears one-time disgruntled forward Vladimir Tarasenko is content and willing to stick around until the end of his contract. St Louis isn't expected to re-sign Ville Husso, as the 27-year-old netminder will hit the open market come July 13.

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