Vladimir Sobotka’s situation with the Blues is still unresolved

The St. Louis Blues have been planning on having Vladimir Sobotka back in their lineup for the 2016-17 season, but whether or not he’ll actually appear remains a mystery. Sobotka bolted from the Blues in favor of the KHL after an arbitration decision back in 2014, but due to the ruling, he still owes the Blues a year of service should he ever return to the NHL. Sobotka could have...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steen’s recovery ‘very positive,’ Blues hope he’s back for opening night

Alexander Steen’s off-season shoulder surgery has already put the Blues winger out of the World Cup, but St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong isn’t expecting the injury to cost Steen much playing time when the regular season rolls around. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, Armstrong said Steen, 32, “pushed very hard” to be ready for the international tournament...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Alex Pietrangelo is up for the challenge of captaining the Blues

Alex Pietrangelo’s growth has been steady over his career with the St. Louis Blues as he’s gone from first-round draft pick to all-star calibre defenseman in six short seasons. And as of Thursday, Pietrangelo’s growth has officially taken the next — and arguably biggest — step as he was appointed the 21st captain in Blues history. “I’m up for this challenge, and I think...
Via The Hockey News
3 days ago

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

We now know who will be replacing Duncan Keith on Canada’s 2016 World Cup roster, and it’s a puzzling decision. Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will replace Keith on the roster. In a press release, team Canada GM Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was added to ensure roster continuity and to gain experience. “First and foremost...
Via Puck Drunk Love
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Pietrangelo to Be Named St. Louis Blues Captain: Report

The St. Louis Blues announced that they would be making a “major announcement Thursday, Aug. 24 at 2:00pm” CDT. Soon after, Jeremy Rutherford announced that the Blues would be naming Alex Pietrangelo as the team’s 21st captain in franchise history. BREAKING: Blues will have major announcement Thursday and Post-Dispatch has learned it will be to name Alex Pietrangelo team...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Alex Pietrangelo will be the 21st captain of the Blues

Alex Pietrangelo will become the 21st captain of the St. Louis Blues when the team holds a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Pietrangelo will take on the “C” now that David Backes has departed. Pietrangelo has always seemed like the favorite to become the new leader of the team following Backes’ exit. The only real other option was Alexander Steen, but considering his...
Via Frozen Notes
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Time to cut the cord with Sobotka 

Vladimir Sobotka, are you coming back? We were told you were. Then we were told you were close to re-signing in the KHL. Then we were told that that’s not true.  It’s been a strange relationship between us thus far. We would like to know where we stand. There is still a numbness towards you after you left your team behind to make some extra money.  How could you just turn...
Via STLSportsMinute
5 days ago

Cam Janssen retires, will return to St. Louis to do radio and work with the Blues

Cam Janssen has called it a career. The former Blues enforcer hasn’t skated in the NHL since the 2013-14 season with the New Jersey Devils, but he has since been employed in the AHL with the Albany Devils and in the EIHL with the Nottingham Panthers. Janssen recently announced his retirement from hockey even though he signed a two-year extension with Nottingham at the conclusion...
Via Frozen Notes
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues are building a new practice facility in Creve Coeur Park

The decline of the St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly known as the Mills) has led many Blues fans to question how much longer the team will practice in the arena located inside the aging mall. During their 2017 Winter Classic press conference, the Blues announced they are building a new practice facility in Creve Coeur Park which will both serve as a new home for practices but also...
Via Frozen Notes
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Before Rams left, Blues were in line for lesser outdoor game

ST. LOUIS (AP) Before the Rams left town in January, the St. Louis Blues were in line to get an outdoor NHL stadium series game - but not the big one. Team Chairman Tom Stillman credits the NHL for recognizing the city sorely needed a shot in the arm and scheduling the Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks for the Winter Classic on Jan. 2. Commissioner Gary Bettman, executives...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Blues fans have watched several key pieces from the 2015-16 roster find new homes over the summer. Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. David Backes signed with Boston. Troy Brouwer joined Elliott by signing with Calgary. On paper, the Blues look like a weaker team entering 2016-17 after seeing important veterans exit in favor of a stronger commitment to youth. Will the Blues...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Blues sign Jaden Schwartz to five-year contract extension

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz, a restricted free agent, have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $26.75 million.Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose.The arbitration case had been set for July 20.In 240 games with St. Louis, the...
Via Associated Press
July 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Paajarvi re-signs with Blues for next season

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, $700,000 contract.The 25-year-old Paajarvi had three goals and six assists in 48 regular-season games and one assist in three playoff games.The former first-round draft pick was acquired from Edmonton in 2013. His overall career numbers are 80 points (35 goals, 45 assists) and 54 penalty minutes...
Via Associated Press
July 05, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The Brian Elliott trade was going to happen eventually

Yesterday, St. Louis Blues fans saw the end of a phenomenal goalie in Brian Elliot being traded to the Calgary Flames. Many were waiting to hear about a Kevin Shattenkirk trade, but it was Elliott who got traded. This trade, however, would have had to happen at some point in the future. For starters, the NHL is going to be expanding with Las Vegas getting a team. With the new expansion...
June 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement tour

The St. Louis Blues made it to the NHL Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games. After a tremendous season ended just short of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced he’s coming back for one last go at another Stanley Cup. The 64-year-old had previously announced that the 2015-2016 season would be his last. But...
Via The Comeback
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues set to start Jake Allen in Game 4 desperation move

The St. Louis Blues haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1991, and head coach Ken Hitchcock sees his team with their back to the wall once again. After going down 2-1 in the Western Conference finals to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues are literally looking to throw the kitchen sink at the wall as Hitchcock announced the pulling of starting goaltender Brian Elliot in...
Via The Comeback
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

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