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Blues, Red Wings make a trade

7 novembre 2019
The St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings have pulled off a one-for-one trade of depth forwards. Going to Detroit is 23-year-old Robby Fabbri, with the return being 24-year-old Jacob de la Rose.

Fabbri had played nine games with the Blues so far this season, managing one goal, his only point. He spent the rest of his time as a healthy scratch. He was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (21st overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft. In four seasons with St. Louis, Fabbri collected 32 goals and 73 points in 164 regular-season.

De la Rose has appeared in 16 games with the Red Wings this season, collecting a goal and three assists. He was selected in the second round (34th overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. In 195 career NHL games, de la Rose has 12 goals and 31 points.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Fabbri had requested a trade last summer.

"I asked him to be patient, and then he and I talked before this last road trip and we said if things don’t change I’ll certainly look to see what I can do,” Armstrong is quoted as saying. “Our team was playing good and he wasn’t getting on (the ice). So I tried to help him out and we were able to find a good situation with Detroit. It took a little while to get it done but I’m really happy for Robby because it gives him a great opportunity.”

“He missed like a half year, then a full year,” Armstrong said, referring to knee injuries that required surgery. “Then he came back (last season) and he played 30 games. He needs to play. He’s at that point. He’s done unbelievable work in his rehab. But our team’s been functioning well and (coach) Craig (Berube) goes with the group that’s had success. It’s difficult for people to get in there and he fell into that group. But I understand that.”

Both the Red Wings and Blues were in action Wednesday, but Fabbri and de la Rose were healthy scratches.



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