As first covered by our St. Louis Blues site, Bleedin’ Blue, reports from Andy Strickland at TrueHockey.com has the Blues trading forward Matt D’Agostini and a conditional 7th round pick to the New Jersey Devils. The Blues will receive a conditional 4th or 5th round draft pick from the Devils.
Alex, the editor for Bleedin’ Blue notes that T.J. Oshie is set to return to the lineup tomorrow night in Edmonton and moving D’Agostini will open up a roster spot for him.
D’Agostini has just one goal and one assist in sixteen games for the Blues this season and will help fill the need for the Devils who were said to be looking for a third line forward.
The 26-year old enjoyed his best season during the 2010-11 campaign that saw him pot 21 goals and add 25 assists for a career high 46 points in 82 games. Last season saw D’Agostini regress thanks to injuries that limited him to just 55 games where he put up 9 goals and 18 points.
Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens 190th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, D’Agostini spent three seasons between the big club and their affiliate the Hamilton Bulldogs before being traded to the Blues during the 2009-10 season.
This could be the first of a few moves for the Blues as forwad Chris Steward is rumored to be on the trading block.