The St. Louis Blues are setting themselves up for a run to the Stanley Cup Finals this year as last night's trades have both upgraded their goaltending and added depth to their forwards.
Ryan Miller and Buffalo captain Steve Ott were traded to St. Louis last night in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and a first round pick in 2015. This marks the second Sabres captain that was traded this year - the first being Thomas Vanek.
Ott is a great player for St. Louis to have added depth to their team and is an underrated player just like the rest of their team. As such he should fit in nicely.
Furthermore, Miller is a great improvement for the St. Louis Blues in the goaltending position. Although Jaroslav Halak was a good goalie, Miller has shown quality over the years and maybe can find greatness once again in the NHL playoffs where he will play for a good team for the first time in a long time.
Although it may not seem like it, this trade does benefit the Buffalo Sabres. They received a first round draft pick in 2015 and also acquired young players and have gotten rid of older players, which could see them struggle in the near future, but will help their re-building process moving forward.
One thing is for certain, the St. Louis Blues were already a dangerous competitor in the east and they have just upgraded their team with this trade, setting themselves up for a chance to win the cup.
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