The St-Louis Blues have just aquired Marc-Andre Fleury from the Vancouver Canucks. This trade ends Martin Jones tenure as a St.Louis Blue.
GM Thompson had the following to say about the trade "listen, we saw a chance to improve our team and we took it. A first, Vladdy Namestikov and Jonesy was a stiff price to pay but we felt it was warrented. Fleury is a legtimate #1 in this league and he's signed to a really competitive contract. He's off to a great start in the NHL this year as well and should provide us with a solid starting goaltender again next year. We're really sad to see Jonesy go. He's been here as long as I have and has been the back bone of this team for the last few years. We wish him all the best with the Canucks. Vlady's time here was a bit shorter but we wish him the best as well."
Comparing the two goalies you can see the Flower is off to the stronger start in the NHL. He has a 5-2-0 record and a.922 save percentage. Jones is off 2-3-0 with a .902 save percentage. However Jones has posted back to back strong outings.
Fleury and Jones wern't the only players involved in this trade. The full trade is as follows:
Vancouver Canucks trade Filip Cederqvist, Igor Ozhiganov, Marc-Andre Fleury and Marcus Foligno to St-Louis Blues for Martin Jones, Vladislav Namestnikov, COL 2021 Rnd 1 and BUF 2021 Rnd 4
The blues also give up a (likely) late 1st rounder,a 4th in 2021 as well as 3rd liner and PK specialist Vladislav Namestikov. Namestikov is off to a hot start in the NHL this year after being traded to the Senators. He has 4 points in 6 games. He also has elite DF ratings but is an RFA at seasons end.
The Blues did aquire an even more elite PK specialist in Marcus Foligno but he is unsigned and there are questions as to whether or not the Blues will be able to fit him under thier cap. GM Thompson had the following to say on Foligno "we were really happy to get a chance to try and sign Marcus. We've already been in contact with his camp and we think we can work something out. It may take some time but I think both sides want to make this happen. He has great SP and elite IT and DF ratings. If we can get him signed it should really help fill out our PK Unit and 3rd line."
Losing Namestikov opens up a hole in the Blues lineup. The blues have a couple options, they could re-call young winger Sammy Blais who was recently demoted. The more likley option is to call up young center Nolan Patrick to fill in on the 4th line and instead of double shifting Couturier at C, they'll double shift Landeskog on LW. That would mean promoting Leipsic to the 3rd line which isn't ideal but something the Blues will have to live with for the time being.