Ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline, part of St. Louis’s job was to get the most out of players Kent Hughes was looking to trade while also giving the GM a chance to assess all the players on the roster as he tries to remake the Canadiens.
With Tyler Toffoli, Ben Chiarot, Artturi Lehkonen and Brett Kulak gone, St. Louis can focus more on the future during the final month of the season.
St. Louis has done a remarkable job since taking over from Dominique Ducharme.
The Canadiens have a 9-7-3 record under their new head coach following Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre after going 8-30-7 with Ducharme. The Canadiens have scored at least three goals in 15 of the 19 games with St. Louis behind the bench. They scored three or more goals 14 times in 45 games with Ducharme.