Blues coach Jim Balsillie says he’s open to trading veteran Alex Smith

With the 2016 season ending early, Blues coach Jed Hoyer has had a busy offseason.

The team has re-signed two of its top five defenders, signed free agents including the defending Stanley Cup champions, and traded away veterans Eric Staal and Justin Faulk.

Now, it looks like they’ve also made a big move in free agency.

According to Ken Berger of CSN Chicago, the Blues have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Alex Smith, who was waived by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

The deal was reported by CSNChicago, but Berger reported the Blues will receive $2.1 million.

The Blues are reportedly targeting offensive lineman Michael Oher, who is on the open market, but the team is expected to be hesitant to offer him more than a one-year deal, especially if the contract does not include a signing bonus.

Smith, 30, has started all 82 games over the past two seasons with the Blues, but is entering the final year of his contract and the team may be more inclined to give him more money to keep him healthy.

The Blues have also signed free agent defensive end Eric Nystrom, who has played in 13 games over his past two campaigns, to a one year deal.