Report: Jets one team looking at Stewart trade


Chris Stewart has reportedly fetched interest from the Chicaog Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. (AP/Adam Wiepart)

David Perron isn’t the only former St. Louis Blues forward who could be on the move.

Both the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks have interest in trading for Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart, according to St. Louis reporter Andy Strickland:

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The 27-year-old Stewart has been the subject of trade rumours the moment he was dealt from St. Louis to Buffalo at the 2014 trade deadline, and he has done little to increase his market value.

In 26 games with the Sabres, the Ontario native has registered one goal and one assist, while taking 18 minutes in penalties and posting a minus-14 rating.

Stewart’s contract carries a $4.125 million and expires on July 1, at which point he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

Although inconsistent, the winger has enjoyed stretches of brilliance in his seven seasons. He threw up 36 points during 2012-13’s 48-game lockout campaign for St. Louis and scored 28 goals and 64 points for Colorado in 2009-10.

With Buffalo rebuilding and already committing long-term to core forwards Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Brian Gionta, Stewart appears expendable for future assets.

The Jets and Blackhawks are in the thick of the Central Division race, tied with 25 points apiece. With just 49 goals scored, Winnipeg’s offence ranks last in the Western Conference and could use a boost.

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins have also been linked to Stewart in recent months.

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