By Tim MacMahonSt.
Louis — St. John’s defenseman Mike Hoffman was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the St. Louis Blues, St. Paul’s Scott Gomez and the Tampa Bay Lightning were added to the Blues’ roster, and St. Pete’s Mark Barberio was added to St. Petersburg’s roster, along with the acquisition of St. Thomas Aquinas goalie Jimmy Nielsen.
All three players will fill the blue line for the Blues.
Hoffman was a healthy scratch on Thursday when the Blues played the Nashville Predators at the XL Center in St. Peter, Minnesota.
He was recalled on Tuesday by the Blues and went 0-1-0 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in five appearances with the Blues prior to his move to St Louis.
Hobson was a member of the Blues for the first seven seasons of the franchise, and was selected by the team in the first round (No. 22 overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blues acquired Hoffman from Columbus in exchange for goalie Matt O’Connor and a third-round pick in 1995.
He was traded to St in the 2009-10 season for defenseman Joe Thornton, center Bryan Rust and a second-round draft pick.