The Blues are one of the teams that are still in the mix for a Wild Card spot but even if they fall out of the race, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic wonders (subscription link) if it could be a quiet deadline as a seller. Their most prominent rentals up front are the struggling Kasperi Kapanen and Jakub Vrana, who is currently playing in the minors; neither would likely have much of a market. However, Rutherford suggests that blueliner Marco Scandella could be the likeliest player to garner attention around the league if he isn’t signed to an extension first. The 33-year-old has had a very limited role this season but can still kill penalties and is the type of depth player that playoff teams will often look to add for injury insurance purposes. That said, at $3.275MM, St. Louis would certainly have to pay half of that to facilitate any sort of move while an extension, if one was to be reached, should check in closer to the $1MM mark.
Elsewhere in the Central Division:
- Wild winger Vinni Lettieri is listed as questionable for tonight’s game against Anaheim, relays John Shipley of the Pioneer Press. The 28-year-old has been out since late December with a lower-body injury after seeing some consistent minutes as he had played in 19 games on recall. Meanwhile, Shipley adds that winger Adam Raska skated before practice Friday. He was injured last weekend; head coach John Hynes suggested the injury isn’t a significant one and is more soreness-based. The 22-year-old was acquired in November from San Jose and has played in five games since being recalled earlier this month.
- The Blackhawks activated prospect Samuel Savoie off season-opening IR and assigned him to QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda, CapFriendly reports (Twitter link). The 19-year-old recorded just shy of a point per game with the Huskies last season, notching 59 in 60 appearances, helping him earn his entry-level contract in July. However, he was injured in a preseason game and underwent femur surgery, keeping him unavailable to play until now. This should be Savoie’s final junior season as he’ll be AHL-eligible in the fall.
- Still with the Blackhawks, blueliner Wyatt Kaiser has been placed in concussion protocol, per an announcement from AHL Rockford (Twitter link). The 21-year-old has split the season between Chicago and the IceHogs but any potential recall is out of the question for the time being now. Kaiser has played in 23 games with the Blackhawks, picking up four assists while logging nearly 17 minutes a night. With Rockford, his numbers have been similar, notching a goal and two helpers in 15 contests.