Gordo: Soshnikov could offer Blues teenager improvement

The Toronto Maple Leafs faced a numbers break as a NHL trade deadline neared. The Blues lacked brazen depth.

So these teams done healthy partners for a teenager trade good in allege of a Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Toronto had a limit 50 players underneath contract, so somebody had to go if a Leafs wanted to make a stretch-run addition. They were storing Nikita Soshnikov on harmed haven with a “lower-body” injury, even yet he seemed to be utterly healthy while personification for a AHL’s Toronto Marlies on a new conditioning assignment.

Soshnikov, 24, scored 26 goals in 77 AHL games in tools of 3 seasons. But he has constructed usually 14 points in 70 NHL games between injuries, many particularly a concussion final season.

So a Maple Leafs shipped him to a Blues for a fourth-round collect in 2019 in a understanding that done clarity for both teams — and gave Soshnikov a much-appreciated uninformed start.

With limited giveaway group looming, he indispensable to get on a ice to infer his worth. He should get that possibility with a Blues once he gains his U.S. work visa and joins a team.

Soshnikov had precedence to force a trade. His agreement authorised him to lapse to a KHL if he wasn’t on a NHL roster, so a Leafs had to pierce him or remove him.

Because a Blues don’t have their possess AHL plantation group this deteriorate — and since they progressing mislaid winger Magnus Paajarvi to Ottawa on waivers — they usually had 42 players underneath contract. They had a register and tip coherence to supplement a actor on a an entry-level understanding though subtracting anybody.

Soshnikov is a tiny though rather learned winger who showed some guarantee in Russia before entrance to North America. He never gained traction with a Leafs, who possess substantial brazen abyss widespread over 4 lines.

He is a left-hand shot many gentle personification right wing, that is a position of need for a Blues. He has shown some eagerness to play his physique into a fray.

His attainment also creates some-more options for manager Mike Yeo has he continues his propitious line trifle and ubiquitous manager Doug Armstrong as he mulls that assets, if any, he is peaceful to pierce to supplement a let brazen before a Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Soshnikov goes into a raise with Blues forwards Dmitrij Jaskin, Ivan Barbashev and San Antonio forwards Tage Thompson, Zach Sanford, Sammy Blais and Klim Kostin.

AROUND THE RINKS: No, that is not a misprint. Former Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak warranted a 50-save shutout for a New York Islanders over a opposition Rangers Thursday night to keep his group resolutely in a playoff hunt. That was usually a third time in 16 starts that Halak authorised fewer than 3 goals . . . Our Town’s Clayton Keller has held second breeze in his rookie debate for a Arizona Coyotes, scoring 8 points in his final 5 games . . . The tanking Edmonton Oilers have authorised 25 goals while losing 5 games in a row. So most for goaltender Cam Talbot‘s vouch that a group would convene into a playoff joint this open . . . Desperate for offense, a San Jose Sharks have changed defenseman Brent Burns behind adult to a wing to play with Joe Pavelski, who changed behind to core with Jumbo Joe Thornton harmed . . .  Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith usually scored his initial idea in an whole calendar year. Remember when he was one of a NHL’s really best? . . . With a Carolina Hurricanes battling for a playoff spot, now would be a good time for GM Ron Francis to understanding from his substantial abyss on invulnerability to supplement a Top 9 brazen . . . The Ottawa Senators put 900-year-old winger Marian Gaborik right to work, personification him 18 mins and deploying him on a tip line with Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman after his attainment in a trade with a Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik responded with a deflection idea and an assist.

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