Armstrong Up, Toivonen & Richmond Out
The freeze lifted and the Blues have made a deal. No, hardly one of the blockbuster, noteworthy or even one that will crack the casual fan’s interest, but a move is a move. With Keith Tkachuk set to miss time with an injured pinkie finger, Derek Armstrong has been called up to help out. In other news, the Blues did make a swap at the AHL level, acquiring goaltender Joe Fallon in exchange for netminder Hannu Toivonen and Defender Danny Richmond.
The three player deal features all AHL players that are 25 years old, and have yet to make an impact for their team at the NHL level.
Toivonen was 11-11-3 with a 2.73 GAA this year with Peoria, while Richmond collected 16 points and 135 PIMs over the course of 54 games with the Rivermen. Fallon comes to the St. Louis organization from the Rockford IceHogs where he went 15-10-1 with a 2.64 GAA.
The Hannu “Ears” Toivonen era has come to an end and really never got rolling as some Blues fans thought/hoped. Back in 2008, there was speculation that the netminder could be Manny Legace’s backup in the 2008-09 season. Andy Murray was curious to see what exactly Toivonen could bring to the team, but I believe the general consensus was that he lacked the mindset to be a capable number one.
These moves barely scratch the surface of what I would deem “news” but this is the only story to report as the Blues approach the deadline. I don’t expect this to be either the last move or the most significant move the team makes before the deadline comes and goes.