Next steps in a summer of change for Blues

Blues GM Doug Armstrong has already made significant changes to the makeup of his team. Is Kevin Shattenkirk the next to go? Jeff Curry/Getty Images

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- This was always going to be a transition offseason for the Blues, regardless of how the postseason played out. That David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott helped lead a charge to the Western Conference finals only made the breakup a little bit harder.

But in general manager Doug Armstrong’s plan, unless players were willing to take less than they could get elsewhere, it was time to transition further to the next group of Blues stars.