Signs continue to point to Kevin Shattenkirk's imminent departure from St. Louis.
While announcing the signing of forward Jaden Schwartz to a new five-year contract, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong listed a group of core players around whom he's looking to build a championship.
Shattenkirk's name was curiously omitted from that list of six.
The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his contract with the Blues and carries a cap hit of $4.25 million. He's likely to command a raise on his next deal, exceeding St. Louis' abilities to comply and thereby raising the very real possibility of a trade.
Based on Armstrong's latest statement, it appears as though the writing is indeed on the wall, although it may not happen prior to the start of training camp: