Non-Playoff Teams Summer Outlook VII

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The final part of a seven-part review takes a look at the teams that failed to reach the postseason and what kind of impact each of them will have on your keeper-league squad. We’ll close it off with a look at St.Louis and Vancouver.


St. Louis Blues
Possibly on the way out…
I doubt David Backes will get an offer sheet, but you never know. Martin Rucinsky will probably retire, while Mike Johnson will have trouble finding an NHL job. I don’t understand that last one, but he had such a tough time getting a contract a year ago and his shoulder injury will make things even more difficult this year.

The team will be looking to add…
As part of the youth movement, I don’t see any big acquisitions this summer. T.J. Oshie will certainly be on the team in the fall and could be a No.2 center right away. Patrik Berglund is reportedly spending his summer in St. Louis and has also added the strength and bulk that he was lacking last fall – he should make the team as well. With Oshie, Berglund and Andy McDonald up the middle, the need for Keith Tkachuk to play there disappears, so you may see the veteran back in his natural left-wing position. Look for Ben Bishop to take the backup role, and with Manny Legace’s injury history…Bishop could see 30 or more games.

General fantasy outlook…
St. Louis is on the right track, but is probably still another two years away from the playoffs. This time, they should finally have several players clearing the 70-point mark. Defensively, they should be one of the best.

Vancouver Canucks
Possibly on the way out…
Markus Naslund has reportedly sold his Vancouver home, and Brendan Morrison is also as good as gone. Trevor Linden has retired, Curtis S