Blues Rumors: 3 Players Who Won't Be Traded by St Louis This Summer

The St Louis Blues are expected to make some changes this offseason. GM Doug Armstrong wasn't happy with the team missing the playoffs, even though he gave interim head coach Drew Bannister the job on a permanent basis recently. 

Armstrong feels it's the players who need to step up and be better and look for the Blues to try and re-tool on the fly this offseason. There could be a couple of bold moves coming from Armstrong as this summer's trade market is going to be red hot.

On the flip side in St Louis, don't expect to see these three players involved in trade conversations:

Joel Hofer

The 23-year-old former fourth-round pick is the goaltender of the future in St Louis. Hofer played in a career high 30 games this season and recorded a very respectable 2.65 GAA and .914 Sv.%. Jordan Binnington has three years left on his lengthy contract, however fully expect to see the two splitting time down the middle next season. If Hofer shows he's more than capable, Binnington will eventually hit the trade market as his full no-trade clause changes to a 18-team no-trade clause July 1.

Jake Neighbours

While Hofer is the cornerstone on the back end, Jake Neighbours will be a pillar in the Blues' top-six for many years to come. The former first-round pick burst onto the scene this season, setting career highs is essentially every category including appearing in 77 games, sniping 27 goals and finishing the season with 38 points. Neighbours has one more season left on his entry-level contract and will be in line to sign a massive long-term extension with the Blues.

Brayden Schenn

Schenn isn't going anywhere, thanks captain obvious. The Blues captain is the heartbeat of the team and has taken a tremendous amount of strides with his leadership in St Louis. Schenn scored 20 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season and was much better under Bannister than his incumbent. While Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou both don't have any trade protection, Schenn holds a full no-trade clause until July 1, 2025 when it then switches to just a 15-team no-trade list. At this time, Schenn's got nothing to worry about, meanwhile the likes of Thomas, Kyrou, Justin Faulk, Colton Parayko could all be involved in trade talks this summer. Time will tell how much re-tooling Armstrong is looking to accomplish.

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