ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Blues jumped into the deadline trade foray by trading center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2018, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 and forward Erik Foley from the Winnipeg Jets.
The Blues (34-25-4), who are in a tailspin losing six straight games but are still one point out of the wildcard in the Western Conference; they will retain 50 percent of Stastny's remaining $7 million cap hit ($7.5 million) salary according to capfriendly.com, and amounts to roughly $800,000.
Stastny, 32, has played in all 63 games for the Blues this season and had 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists), but he was in the final year of a four-year, $28 million contract signed on July 1, 2014. He had a no-move clause and reportedly waived it in order to allow the trade to happen.
Stastny, who grew up in St. Louis while his father Peter Stastny finished his NHL career with the Blues with 175 points (56 goals, 119 assists); he has 633 points (216 goals, 417 assists) in 12 seasons with the Blues and Colorado Avalanche.
The conditions of the trade for the Blues is as follows: the Blues get the fourth-round pick only if Foley, who is playing at Providence College, doesn't sign a contract with the Blues by Aug. 16, 2019. There is lottery protection on the first-round pick in the event Winnipeg misses the playoffs, which will not happen. If the Jets draft in the top three, the Blues will instead receive Winnipeg's 2019 first-round pick.
Foley, 20, was drafted 78th overall (third round) by the Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft. He's listed at 6-foot-0, 185 pounds and has played in 32 games with Providence this season and has 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists); he has 87 points (37 goals, 50 assists) in 104 games at Providence in three seasons.
Foley was a teammate of Tage Thompson in winning a gold medal with USA at the 2017 World Junior Championships and played two seasons with defensive prospect Jake Walman with Providence.