After the Blackhawks had a… modest… opening to free agency, the Blues have gone big.
St. Louis has reportedly acquired center Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres for forwards Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson. Buffalo also gets a first round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
O’Reilly had five years remaining on a contract with a $7.5M cap hit.
St. Louis also signed free agent forwards Tyler Bozak (three years, $5M AAV) and David Perron (four years, $4M AAV) on Sunday.