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Feldman: Blues score big in free agency by getting the hometown kid

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis kid is coming home.  Well, after 28 years on this planet I’m not so sure Paul Stastny is a kid anymore but you get the point.

Coming into this offseason getting a bona fide goal scorer – especially one that plays center – was a top priority to be able to compete with the big boys in the Western Conference like the Kings, Blackhawks and Sharks.

And GM Doug Armstrong has now done just that.  Stastny, who once attended Chaminade here in town, has reportedly inked a four year deal with the Blues for $28 million.  The St. Louis native is a two-time Olympian who has scored 458 points in his career.

Making a splash was inevitable.  Armstrong was visibly frustrated after the Blues got bounced yet again in the first round of the playoffs this year.  It became quite clear change was inevitable.  Electing not to re-sign Ryan Miller (who got three years and 18 million dollars from Vancouver) was just the start.

The question now becomes what will happen with the rest of the team’s centers?  Does David Backes remain on the top line but on a wing?  Or does the captain remain a center but get bumped to the second line? 

And what about Patrik Berglund?  Is he a wing now?  Or does he get dropped all the way to the third line as a center?  Or is he going to be traded soon? 

Until we hear more from the Blues it’s all speculation at this point.  But the team just got a heck of a lot better and a heck of a lot more proven with star power. 

How it all meshes with the rest of the group is only something we’ll know when the skates are put on and they hit the ice in a few months.

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