By LOUIE KORAC
ST. LOUIS -- For fans that have been pining for the Blues to make moves in the present, maybe there's a reason John Davidson, Doug Armstrong and Co. are laying low.
Maybe they're looking forward to next year's crop of unrestricted free agents (unless they sign new contracts before then).
Here is a list of some notable players that can become UFA's after the 2010-11 season. Of course, not all of them are listed but the most notable ones are, as well as some that are worth mentioning.
Would some or one of these players be better suited for the Blues?
Take a look and judge for yourselves:
* -- I've put an asterisk and boldfaced those that I consider premier- or elite-market players.
*C Patrice Bergeron, RW Michael Ryder, LW Marco Sturm, *D Zdeno Chara
C Tim Connolly
LW Erik Cole, LW Sergei Samsonov, LW Jussi Jokinen, C Chad LaRose, D Joni Pitkanen
LW Curtis Glencross, D Mark Giordano
D Jan Hejda
RW Milan Hejduk, D Scott Hannan, G Craig Anderson
*C Brad Richards, D Trevor Daley
*D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Jonathan Ericsson, G Jimmy Howard
*G Tomas Vokoun
C Michal Handzus, RW Justin Williams
RW Antti Miettinen, LW Andrew Brunette
*D Andrei Markov
RW Steve Sullivan, RW Joel Ward
RW Jason Arnott, RW Jamie Langenbrunner
D Brendan Witt, D Radek Martinek, G Dwayne Roloson
C Vaclav Prospal
RW Alexei Kovalev, D Chris Phillips, G Pascal Leclaire
LW Nikolai Zherdev, LW Ville Leino
RW Radim Vrbata, RW Scottie Upshall, C Vernon Fiddler, C Petr Prucha, *D Ed Jovanovski, *G Ilya Bryzgalov
*C Joe Thornton
*LW Simon Gagne
*D Tomas Kaberle, G J.S. Giguere
D Kevin Bieksa, D Sami Salo, D Christian Ehrhoff
*LW Alexander Semin, RW Mike Knuble, C Brooks Laich, D Tom Poti