The Blues had a good thing going last season.
So, naturally, general manager Doug Armstrong is looking to build on that success. While some fans are clamoring for a significant overhaul after the team’s second-round playoff exit, Armstrong is largely staying the course with his team.
He re-signed restricted free agent Chris Stewart for another season, giving the power forward another chance after his disappointing 2011-12 season.
Armstrong then re-signed unrestricted free agent Barret Jackman, keeping defensive-minded defenseman with the only team he has played for.
Both moves may a lot of sense within the context of where the Blues are today and what the NHL marketplace looks like this summer.
Big, skilled players are hard to find in the NHL. They can make an inordinate impact come playoff time, as Stewart belatedly demonstrated during the spring.
Giving Stewart another shot was a no-brainer. He was still an asset, even after a maddeningly inconsistent season.
Jackman was a more difficult call. In this corner of cyberspace, moving on to an Eastern Conference team seemed like a good option for the venerable Blue.
For more on this topic, check out my story on STLToday.com.