just one more person with a similar negative take on the trade
key quote "Another reason this was a curious trade is that it failed to address the Blues' real issue, which is to say that they're probably not doing enough offensively to convince anyone who's paying real attention that they're true contenders in the Western Conference, let alone for the Stanley Cup"
"the Blues get Miller and Ott, who presumably adds “grit” (and has a potentially negative impact on possession due to his not being very good), "
This is the mistake... relying solely on Goals For when referring to how much offense is needed when the better indicator is Goals Differential. This is mentioned in another thread and actually did a darn good job of predicting playoff teams last season. This is a team game and when a team has outstanding defense and goaltending, they don't need as much offense. Honestly, the Blues are up there in GF even without a top flight scorer. It is harder to defend a team with spread out scoring than to defend teams which rely on a few great scorers. Just look at the playoffs in the Brett Hull era.