BREAKING: The Blues have acquired Miller & Ott from Buffalo for Halak, Stewart, Carrier & two picks. INFO >>> http://t.co/NGLbm5mwxT
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 1, 2014
It is reported that the picks are the 2015 St. Louis first rounder and the 2016 third rounder.
Whether this is the only move or a smaller part of a bigger trade remains to be seen. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted out one trade scenario he had heard passed around over the last few days:
STL would get Miller, OTT would get Chris Stewart, BUF would get prospects from OTT. If Ott (the player) included to STL, 1st rder to BUF.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 28, 2014
As of right now the Ottawa portion of this trade is pure speculation, but it is worth watching. McKenzie stated that Ottawa is interested in acquiring Christ Stewart. It is also possible that Buffalo will try to flip Halak and Stewart for more picks:
I’m told there aren’t likely to be any more BUF moves tonite. I’d say BUF will try to flip Jaro Halak to MIN and Chris Stewart to OTT.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2014
In one fell swoop the St. Louis Blues have become a legitimate contender, if not Stanley Cup favorite. Ryan Miller will provide them with the solid goaltending they will need to go on a run. Steve Ott will provide a physical / offensive threat.
On the Sabres end of things, Buffalo gets a solid goaltender (albeit one who has faltered in St. Louis), as well as a young forward in Chris Stewart. The two draft picks will likely be late round picks, but those will play an important role in the Sabres rebuild.
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