Acquiring Ryan O’Reilly was the centerpiece of some notable additions and subtractions for the St. Louis Blues during the summer, and at least one Insider views the shift as a positive.
During a Friday morning segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, Elliotte Friedman was asked if he liked what the team had done.
“I do. I think that team needed a bit of a fresh breath. I do,” noted Friedman. “I think it was obvious the way they were going. I don’t like teams in the dreaded middle. St. Louis has been a good team for awhile, but they were kind of sinking towards that dreaded middle a bit, and I like the fact they made some changes and they breathed some new life in there. I like that a lot, actually.
“Again, people know their team. The people in the team know the team the best. I think when you look at some of the guys they dealt - Berglund - I think they were a bit stale there. I think they needed a fresh start. And I like that.
“I mean, the key is going to be Allen. You’ve got to work with him. You’ve got to make him better. You’ve got to work on him, like mental, because mental strength is so important.”
Friedman’s cell phone reception then cut out for a sentence.
“But I like the fact that they looked at where they were going and they said, ‘I didn’t like this, and we’re going to try and fix it.’ I always respect that way of thinking.”
The dialogue remained on the Blues for a moment, with Friedman being asked if he felt Robby Fabbri could come back to where he was prior to the injuries.
“Well, I’ll tell you this,” said Friedman. “When they were talking about some deals last year - for example, they were talking with Ottawa about Hoffman - Ottawa I think was looking at the possibility of Fabbri.
“And so what I believe is this: I think there are people who have great respect for his talent. I mean, the short answer is we don’t know. But I’ll tell you this: a lot of people think he’s a talented guy. I’ve heard good things about the work and the effort he’s put back into it. And I think there’s a lot of people who are hopeful he’ll be able to get back there…”
And again, Friedman’s cell phone reception garbled at this point for the final sentence of his thoughts on this subject.
The Insider was doing this radio hit while in Chicago at the NHL Player Media Tour.
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