The latest victim of the Vladimir Tarasenko saga is hardly unexpected. Zach Sanford, who signed a one-year, $ 2 million contract with the team in early August, transferred to the Ottawa Senators today. In return, the Blues receive a 2022 conditional choice and Logan Brown.
Last season, Brown scored two goals and collected seven assists in 14 games for the Belleville, Ont. Senators. If he plays 30 games with the Blues this season, the conditional pick is removed from the deal. Brown, who is 6’6 “and 218 lbs, is the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown. The senior Brown spent time in St. Louis from the second half of the 1989-90 season until 1994, when he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks as part of a forfeit to Craig Janney.
The deal takes young Brown out of a franchise he would have been unhappy with, and it frees up enough space for the team to comply on opening night. Aside from a trade, the team’s other option, after signing Robert Thomas for his extra time, was to assume that Oskar Sundqvist would start the season on LTIR. It always seems like this is where Sundqvist will start the year, but now the Blues don’t have to worry about managing caps once the season has started.