Blues acquire Radek Faksa, Mathieu Joseph for future considerations from Stars, Senators


The St. Louis Blues have made a pair of trades, acquiring center Radek Faksa from the Dallas Stars and right winger Mathieu Joseph from the Ottawa Senators.

The Blues are giving up no players or assets in either deal, providing the Stars and the Senators with “future considerations.” In the trade for Mathieu, the Blues are receiving a 2025 third-round pick. It’s unknown if the transactions involved retained salaries.

General manager Doug Armstrong was quiet on the first day of free agency Monday, announcing only the return of forward Kasperi Kapanen on a one-year, $1 million contract.

With Armstrong’s two trades Tuesday, Armstrong is making a concerted effort to shore up his group of bottom-six forwards.

Faksa, 30, has been a staple in Dallas since being drafted by the Stars at No. 13 in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward played 638 games with the franchise, registering 89 goals and 200 points. He centered the fourth line this past season, and in 74 games had seven goals and 19 points.

Faksa is entering the final year of his contract, which has a salary-cap hit of $3.25 million.

Joseph, 27, was a fourth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015, winning a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2021. He has played 360 games with Tampa Bay and Ottawa and has 55 goals and 135 points. In 2022, he was traded with a fourth-round pick to the Senators for forward Nick Paul.

The 6-1, 186-pound forward has spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with Ottawa and last season had 11 goals and 35 points in 72 games.

Joseph has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $2.85 million. The Blues are expected to receive a pick in this deal, according to a source.

(Photo of Radek Faksa: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)



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