February 19, 2011
Blues continue to deal playersSend Johnson, McClement to Avs
By Sports Network
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have traded defenceman Erik Johnson and centre Jay McClement to the Colorado Avalanche in multi-player trade announced early Saturday morning.
In addition to the two players, the Blues sent a conditional 2011 or 2012 first-round draft choice to Colorado in exchange for forward Chris Stewart and defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, as well as a conditional 2011 or 2012 second- round draft choice.
The deal comes shortly after the Blues shipped defenceman and team captain Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a prospect and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Johnson, 22, was selected first overall by the Blues in the 2006 draft. In his third season in the NHL, the blueliner had posted five goals and 14 assists through 55 games.
He posted a career-high 39 points in 79 games last season after missing a year because of a knee injury.
While St. Louis dealt away its promising young defenceman, it got one in return in Shattenkirk. The 22-year-old was taken 14th overall in the 2007 draft by Colorado, and spent three years at Boston University before making his NHL debut this season.
Through 46 games, Shattenkirk has posted seven goals and 19 assists.
The Blues also got a young forward in Stewart, who is in his third NHL season. Taken 18th overall in the 2006 draft, the 23-year-old has 13 goals and 17 assists in 36 games this season.
He had a breakout year last season, when he netted 28 goals and 36 assists in 77 contests.
McClement, 27, is in his sixth NHL season, and has tallied six goals and 10 assists. The durable forward has played in at least 81 games in each of the last four seasons.