When the St. Louis Blues traded forward Paul Stastny hours before last month’s NHL trade deadline, teammate Brayden Schenn was angry about the management's decision.
“Crazy,” Schenn said back on Feb. 26. “One or two points out, move a guy that does a lot for us. But at the end of the day, you know, that’s their decision.”
However, the team and general manager Doug Armstrong might not be done making moves that will shock and anger the players. In a mailbag on The Athletic, Jeremy Rutherford explained to one reader that the Blues could move young versatile forward Robby Fabric in order to get a goal-scoring forward to St. Louis.
"I think the Blues would include Fabbri in a trade if the rest of the trade made sense. In other words, if they could get Mike Hoffman by giving the Senators a package that included Fabbri but didn't include one of the Top 4, then they probably make that deal. I don't think that Fabbri was the deal-breaker in any talks this year, I think it was the Blues' unwillingness to give up prospects Tage Thompson, Jordan Kyrou, Robert Thomas and Klim Kostin."
However, it is impossible to determine the trade value of Fabbri at the moment, seeing that he did not play a single game this season. Back in September, the news that Fabbri would miss the entire 2017-18 season due to a knee injury was brutal in both the short-term and the long-term. Had it not been the same left knee that he had surgery on last season, he might have been able to play some games this year, and fans would have a better understanding of his value on the market. Fabbri is also set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, and could be used as bait at the NHL Entry Draft.
"If there's no deal to be had, then bring Fabbri back and see what he's got. But you'd hate to bring him back and see that he's a shell of his former self, so yeah, if he's got any sort of value now, I'd use him to push a deal that didn't include the youngsters over the top," Rutherford concludes.
It’s been a rollercoaster season for the Blues. They led the Western Conference – not the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets or Vegas Golden Knights – with a 17-7-1 record through October and November. The wheels fell off in the four months later, as an extended 17-19-3 run leading up to the deadline pushed Armstrong to make tough choices.
The GM will also have to decide what to do next with goaltender Carter Hutton, who is set to become a free agent.