After winning back to back NEFHL Cups, you could question whether the Blues even need a non-Cup winning player; even one as talented as (2012 Cup loser) Patrick Kane. Strong rumors out of both St. Louis and New Jersey only days after the Blues won the trophy indicate a strong potential of former #2 pick and Devils Franchise winger/center Patrick Kane going to the Blues for unnamed players. Rumors doesn't even seem like the right word since the GM of the Blues keeps bringing Kanes name up seemingly at random. When talking about his depth at center, he asked "Does Patrick Kane play RW ?" and followed it up with "Logic would say to trade one of mine, but they are three of my favorites...unless.... kane !" While we aren't sure exactly what "three" he was talking about, we assume it had something to do with his pets or children. It doesn't really matter, since it's pretty obvious he really wants Kane - and what he wants, he gets. (see: back to back cups)
With the Devils GM actually attending the live draft this year there has been a good chance that a few moves would be made to pick up extra picks, either in the mid or late rounds. Nobody saw a possible deal coming that involved the best player on the team, who is still on the upswing in his career. With only their own first round pick (30th...so the Blues finish last in that...shsh (did I do it right?)) it seems like the picks aren't there to get Kane with, so it's not like the Blues are sending the Devils a top 10 pick and a chance at a new face of the team. That most likely means the package is either centered around center Derek Stepan or Ryan Callahan. While Stepan would be the teams #1 C upon landing in the swamp, Callahan would provide a crazy 1-2 punch with fellow physical masher David Backes. Both are elite two-way players and both bring what the other lacks in terms of offense. Backes would slot in at C and crush people along the boards and feed passes to Callahan who has just knocked the goalie out of the picture. Teddy Purcell would finally be allowed to avoid all physical contact like his contract demands.
However with Stepan the team would gain that pivotal #1 C that they lacked last season. Sorry Tyler but you played way over your head and fell asleep in the playoffs. While he wouldn't have anyone to pass to (Laich?), Stepan would probably lead the team in every offensive category next season if he was to be on the team. Although, the same could be said about Kane so it isn't overtly obvious why the teams would make this trade. Back to back cups for the Blues (did I mention that?) and the Devils won the presidents trophy (lowercase cause who cares) while also hitting 100 points for the 3rd year in a row. Not exactly formula's that need rewriting but it should be interesting regardless.