St. Louis Blues: Kris Russell-Nikita Nikitin Trade Is a Steal for the Blues

November 11th, 2011 by Steven Conklin Leave a reply »
The last seven days have been phenomenal for the St. Louis Blues.

After an underwhelming 6-7 start to the NHL season, the St. Louis Blues fired head coach Davis Payne and replaced him with the seasoned Ken Hitchcock. In their first game under "Hitch," the Blues dominated and shut out the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0.

The victory Tuesday came on a night in which the Blues held a pregame ceremony to honor Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev. The former Blues were involved in the tragic September plane crash which carried the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team in Russia. The crash killed them along with 42 other people, leaving just one survivor.

Thursday, St. Louis hosted the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs and fell 3-2 in a shootout. However, the Blues recovered from being down 2-0 after the first period and finished strong to force the overtime.

After the loss, rumors circulated of a deal involving the division-rival Columbus Blue Jackets. Friday morning, the details were released and the deal was officially announced. In the defenseman swap, the Blues acquired Kris Russell for Nikita Nikitin.

Overall, the St. Louis Blues should be ecstatic abo ...

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