|2018 Season||July 1st, 2018|
|Paul Stastny||F||32||63||12||40||$3.5 mil||0||UFA|
|To St. Louis||POS||Age||GP||Goals||Points||Cap||Years||Cap|
|2018 Conditional 1st Round Draft Pick|
|2020 Conditional 4th Round Draft Pick|
|Retained Cap Hit on Stastny||50%||$3.5 mil|
The Central Division saw a shake-up of sorts, as the St. Louis Blues have parted way with forward Paul Stastny, sending him to the Winnipeg Jets for a package, which includes an NCAA prospect forward and a couple of conditional picks, while the Blues retain half of Stastny's remaining salary for the rest of the year. The 32-year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the Blues were in need of something major, as they have been suffering through a tough stretch and they needed to right the ship before the playoffs, if they can make it.
The Jets, on the other hand, are running hot at the moment and were looking to possibly add a piece for the stretch run. Adding a forward like Stastny, gives you some experience in the playoffs, albeit without winning too much, that extra bit of offense they're looking for and with the Blues hanging onto some salary, it shouldn't hurt the bottom line too much.
The draft picks and prospect... the cost of doing business. The conditions of the deal would be that if the Jets were to miss the playoffs this season, they could likely push the 1st rounder to 2019 and the 4th round pick goes, if Foley, an unsigned draft pick, doesn't sign with the Blues before his deadline, which isn't until 2019.
This is another plus for Neil, who is seeing a good portion of his roster move at this deadline. The goal of moving up to 14th place is certainly there, as I think that Stastny is a pretty good addition to the Jets, assuming that they can find that special spot for him in the lineup. The Jets have lots of complimentary players and they used their deep wealth of futures to help them win now.