It's looking more and more likely that the Paul Kariya era in St. Louis is about to end.
There have been rumors floating around St. Louis from varying sources (including one very reputable source) that Blues winger Paul Kariya is on his way out of St. Louis, and is headed up north to play for his hometown Vancouver Canucks. These same sources have said that Kariya has waived his no-movement clause to play for the Nucks, only on the condition that they sign him to a one-year contract extension.
In the rumored deal, Kariya would be headed to Vancouver in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider and forward Pavol Demitra.
It's been rumored for a while that the Blues have had serious interest in Schneider, a former first round draft pick by the Canucks. As long as he were to stay in Vancouver, he wasn't going to get playing time because of some goalie manning the net for the Canucks.
You may have heard of him...Roberto Luongo.
Vancouver is doing their best to get as high a return in exchnge for Schneider as possible, and St. Louis seems to have put the best offer on the table to date.
As for Demitra, Vancouver moving him back to the team he had his most career success with is merely a salary dump on their part. Demitra is an unrestricted free agent at season's end, and the Canucks weren't planning on re-signing him.
If the deal goes down, maybe Demitra could provide enough offensive output to convince the Blues to sign him to an extension after the season.
I would expect this deal to happen by the deadline of 3 PM tomorrow, if not tonight.
If I hear more, I'll be sure to update.