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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

St. Louis Blues: General Manager Doug Armstrong deserves kudos

After making two shrewd moves to bring in Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester to shore up the left-side of the team's defense, St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong may have pulled off his biggest heist of the week on Wednesday by sending unneeded defenseman Wade Redden to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Kudos to Armstrong for making the Blues a better team for the final 14 games of the season and for getting something in return for Redden, who was likely never going to play for the Blues again.

Armstrong deserves major props for the trio of moves that he made during the past week not only because the Blues are now positioned to battle in the playoff race, but because he was able to acquire two top-four defenseman for little to nothing.

Sure, the Blues gave up a first round pick for Bouwmeester and Leopold for a second rounder, but the team did not give up any NHL-ready talent for these two very solid blue-liners who both should be with the team not only for the rest of this year, but will also Bouwmeester around next season as well.

The moves finally give Blues' young defenseman Alex Pietrangelo a permanent partner, as Petro has played with a revolving door of defenseman throughout this shortened season.

And to cap it all off, Armstrong was able to move Redden and get something in return even though it was likely the Blues were going to have to let him go anyway.

Armstrong is as good as it gets among NHL general manager and proved it once again this week.