Saturday, March 23, 2013

St. Louis Blues Trade D'Agostini to New Jersey Devils

Matt D'Agostini was traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New Jersey Devils as reported on stltoday.com.  Along with the winger, the Blues sent a conditional seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL draft, in return for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2015 draft.

The move was made primarily to accommodate the return of T.J. Oshie from injured reserve to the Blues' lineup.  

D'Agostini, who was taken in 2005 draft by the Montreal Canadiens, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this July.  He had a stellar season in 2010-11 with St. Louis when he played a full slate of regular season games, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 25 more.  That has since been his highest production level in an NHL season.  

D'Agostini's services could be a rental for New Jersey to make the 2013 Stanley Cup playoff push.  If he and the Devils agree to a contract extension past this season, the Blues would receive their conditional fourth round pick.  According to the stltoday.com article:
D’Agostini is in the final weeks of a $1.8 million salary and represented a $1.65 million cap hit for the Blues. If the Devils are unable to re-sign him, their end of the trade becomes a fifth-round pick, and the seventh-round pick from St. Louis is rescinded.

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