(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues have traded forward Matt D’Agostini and a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2015 to the New Jersey Devils for a conditional fourth or fifth round pick in 2015, the team announced Friday.
D’Agostini, who was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, posted two points (one goal, one assist) in 16 games played for the Blues this season.
It was an almost-expected move from the Blues considering D’Agostini was in the final year of his contract and did not see consistent playing time this season. The nearing return of T.J. Oshie from the injured reserve list would have also created a squeeze within the roster space.
While the Blues could have easily sent a player to their AHL affiliate, the viable candidates would have likely had to go through waivers and could have been claimed by another team.
In addition, the struggling goaltending this season has created an unexpected problem for St. Louis. The Blues carry an extra goaltender which takes up a roster spot that the team likely didn’t think would happen at the beginning of the season.
D’Agostini has posted 91 points (45 goals, 46 assists) in 254 career games over six seasons.