The current roster is made up of 17 forwards, 10 defense and three goalies, so there should still be four forwards, three defense and a goalie to be cut before the season opener, but with three games left to go, it's very likely that the bubble players will now get at least one more time to shine and earn a job.
I would think when it is all said and done, the easiest contracts will likely be the ones that are sent down, unless there is a player that really goes above and beyond to earn that job.
|Andy McDonald||Erik Johnson||Jaroslav Halak|
|T.J. Oshie||Carlo Colaiacovo||Ty Conklin|
|David Perron||Roman Polak||Ben Bishop|
|David Backes||Barret Jackman|
|Alex Steen||Eric Brewer|
|Brad Boyes||Ian Cole|
|Jay McClement||Nikita Nikitin|
|Patrik Berglund||Nathan Oystrick|
|B.J. Crombeen||Alex Pietrangelo|
|Vladimir Sobotka||Tyson Strachan|
With 30 players on their current roster and one buyout on the books, the Blues come in at an annual salary cap projection of $52.9 million, well under the salary cap ceiling and with more space to open up with the cuts upcoming. The Blues are believed to be on a ownership-enforced budget, so there shouldn't be any real thought of going out and adding more expensive talent, unless there is some extra space at the deadline and a rental player is needed for a run.