The big NHL news over the weekend came when the agent for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba announced on Saturday night that his client, still unsigned as a restricted free agent, is requesting a trade from the team so he can put himself into a better position to fully develop as a player. The Jets responded by saying that they are working to resolve the matter but are going to operate with the team’s best long-term interests in mind, and that they still view Trouba as a long-term piece of their team. As we have seen over the past year, trade requests don’t always turn into a trade, even in situations where the player-team relationship seemed beyond repair as was the case with Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks would be an interesting spot because it’s not like they need an upgrade on their blue line, because it’s already a pretty good group.
That was indeed Jaden Schwartz in a Blues uniform in the last chunk of the regular season and the playoffs. In his first game back after missing 49 with a broken left ankle, Schwartz burst back on the scene with a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win at Florida on Feb. 12. His recovery remained impressive, as he collected a total of 32 points in the final 46 games, encompassing the postseason. But as Schwartz begins his fifth full season with the Blues, he admits that he was not the pre-injury player fans had come to know. “I came back and played well and contributed,” Schwartz said. “It’s tough to put a percentage on it, but I wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted to be. It’s a lot better this year.”
And so Dallas Stars hockey returned to the American Airlines Center Monday night- 143 days after it not-so-gracefully exited stage right at the hands of (some of) these same St. Louis Blues in May. Preseason results teach us about as much as- Oh, I don't know... say... a political debate, for example, but we have to report them anyway- Stars win 3-1! The trio of Jason Spezza, Jiri Hudler and Patrick Sharp led the way for Dallas as the three combined for five points on the night. Hudler scored on a nifty tip on the power play, Patrick Eaves potted one late in the third on a two-on-zero thanks to Mattias Janmark's pass, and Patrik Nemeth got things started on a nice feed from Hudler late in the