If Robin can keep her key players, she could have a nice squad next year. If you want to hire a women's coach guaranteed to make deep NCAA Tournament runs, that's going to cost you. And Missouri is a lower-tier SEC school in terms of revenue. Right now the focus needs to be generating a LOT more football revenue with Drinkwitz and hiring a men's basketball coach who can drive badly needed revenue.
As for the Blues, Doug Armstrong has not been eager to trade a first-round pick to get a rental defenseman, as Florida did. The Panthers believe their time to strike is now. The Blues are transitioning to a different team nucleus and they could stay in the chase for years to come. Armstrong could play the long game here, holding his assets unless he can make a move on a defenseman with term left on his contract to put in that evolving team nucleus.
Scandella's salary ($3.275 million) isn't THAT large for a defenseman who kills penalties and logs regular playing time. But on a team that spent to the salary cap, every penny counts -- and unlike Saad and Buchnevich, he has not played a high level. That is what makes it an issue.