Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 7/9/13
Nhl-tampa-bay-lightning
ST. LOUIS -- A confident Doug Armstrong stood with his back to a framed photo of The Great One, then referenced the legend when asked which of his players, if any, would be off-limits in future trades. "Well, Wayne Gretzky got traded," Armstrong said. "I would say everybody is available. Some guys are not likely to be traded, but you would be foolish to say ... if the MVP of the league was made available, and they called you and said, 'We need this piece, do you want it?' You never want to paint yourself deep into that corner." The St. Louis Blues general manager smiled, and continued to keep any trade plans for the 2013-14 season close to his chest, leaving the door open for the kind of speculation that runs rampant in the NHL this time of year. The Blues recently made waves when they signed Derek Roy, a veteran center Armstrong believes will bring a playmaking ability his team lacked last season. But will that be the last major move? And could a swap -- the Blues have been tied to multiple trade scenarios already -- send a current member of the team's nucleus out of town? "You're never done," Armstrong answered. "But we are very comfortable with the group we have right now." The GM did clear up a couple of things, specifically. First, his priority is to sign two restricted free agents, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and right wing Chris Stewart, even if those deals arre months away. "I wouldn't characterize it one way or the other," Armstrong said when asked how close the signings are. "I find these deals, they happen very quickly. You seem like you're not close. All of a sudden, you're calling each other saying, 'We're glad you're back.' So, it could happen today. It could happen in September, or October. I'm very comfortable that we will get both of those guys in here at the right time." And second, Armstrong doesn't think he has to move one of his three goalies: Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak and Jake Allen. "No," Armstrong said. "I don't, at all. Jake came up and played very well for us last year. But he still has some growth he can do. I don't think playing in the American Hockey League would stunt his development. Jaro Halak and Elliott won the Jennings William Jennings Trophy just two short years ago. ... If we go into the season with these three goalies, that's excellent depth." So that's that, for now. It could all change if a can't-miss opportunity comes along. Just ask The Great One. Follow Ben Frederickson on Twitter (@Ben_Fred), or contact him at frederickson.ben@gmail.com.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper has great response to $400 million contract question

Cavs discussed three-team deal that would net them Melo

Celtics reportedly discussing Kevin Love trade

New York Giants to pursue Matt Forte?

Joe Mauer to try wearing sunglasses to improve pitch tracking

Charles Woodson joining ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

A’s land Khris Davis from Brewers for prospects

Family of deceased Kyle Field construction worker awarded $53 million by jury

Chris Bosh to miss All-Star Game with calf injury, Al Horford to replace

NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports bringing sports betting in to the light

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia becomes first player ever banned by MLB for PEDs

Eight bold predictions for NBA All-Star Weekend

Why the Virginia Cavaliers are a National Championship contender

Cardiff City owner tells team to shoot more, because ugly men can marry beautiful women

Report: American Pharoah will make $35 million as stud in 2016

City hosts Tottenham in Valentine’s Day clash

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Is there a place for Aaron Hill with the Brewers?

The market for forwards may shape the NHL trade deadline

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

The most intriguing NBA story lines for the rest of the season

Report: Timberwolves ‘lament’ Andrew Wiggins missing weight-lifting sessions

Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes little sense

City of Atlanta, Braves fighting over iconic Hank Aaron statue

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker