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The Blues looking for more firepower? — The fourth period

The St. Louis Blues are 14th in the Western Conference and dead last in the NHL in goals per game, and talk is starting to pick up on the team’s desire to add more offense.

During Saturday’s “32 Thoughts” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman hinted that one team to watch is the Blues.

With limited salary cap space, however, the Blues will likely need to move a player if they plan to add someone to the organization to help deal with the team’s dried up offensive play.

Injuries to Brandon Saad and Pavel Buchnevich didn’t help, although comebacks returned, while Ryan O’Reilly, Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas struggled to hit the back of the net in the first 13 games of the season.

The Montreal Canadiens are among the teams ready to move and have announced that forwards Evgenii Dadonov, Jonathan Drouin and Mike Hoffman, who scored 17 goals in 52 games with the Blues during the 2020-21 campaign, are available for trade. .

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong may be on his toes and hope the issue is resolved internally. A 3-2 victory over Vegas on Saturday could help put this team in the right direction.

But failing to pull off a winning streak could force Armstrong to act.

In addition to the Habs, the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers are ready to respond to their players.