Blues Rumors & News

  • Minnesota Wild bounce back, top Blues for 3-2 series lead

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Devan Dubnyk was on his side, crawling in desperation, when St. Louis Blues star forward Alexander Steen made a pretty move and launched what looked like a sure-fire goal. The game operations crew was so sure it was a goal, they began the customary celebration, blasting fireworks-like smoke..." April 25

  • Lehtera is '50-50' to play in Game 5

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Jori Lehtera was not among the Blues skaters participating in this morning's practice. Coach Ken Hitchcock said it was "50-50" as to whether Lehtera would play in Friday night's Game 5 against Minnesota at Scottrade Center. "He took the shot, everybody saw that," Hitchcock said. "We decided..." April 24

  • Rested Blues get even by blasting Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Order has been restored with the Blues, and in more ways than one. The Blues’ top players finally checked into the Western Conference playoff series against Minnesota and the result was an emphatic 6-1 victory over in Game 4 that has tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. David..." April 23

  • Wild breaks through, shuts out Blues in Game 3

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Around the 30-minute mark, Monday night’s Game 3 began to have the same uneasy feel of last year’s Game 3 in the Wild’s first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. No matter how many pucks the Wild threw on net, no matter how badly the Wild outskated the Avs, Semyon Valarmov..." April 21

  • Agitator extraordinaire Ville Nieminen calls it a career

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the NHL’s more colorful characters is stepping away from the game. Ville Nieminen, who appeared in 385 career games with Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis and the New York Rangers, announced his retirement over the weekend after playing his final game in the..." April 20

  • Blues even series with 4-1 win over Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Did someone say they wanted to see a little urgency from the Blues? OK, it seemingly was everyone, not someone, in St. Louis after their lethargic loss Thursday to Minnesota in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. “We felt bad after” that, Blues forward..." April 19

  • Wild fends off Blues to take Game 1 in St. Louis

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s just one game, but paranoia might now set in all around the Gateway to the West. In the five days since the Wild and St. Louis Blues met in each team’s regular-season finale, the Blues made clear it is “put up or shut up time.” The Blues, a perennial Stanley Cup favorite by many..." April 17

  • Jake Allen to start for Blues in Game 1 vs. Wild

    Sportsnet.ca "The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While there was some uncertainty surrounding their goalie situation, Blues netminder Jake Allen told reporters Wednesday that he will start against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. The 24-year-old Allen, who..." April 15

  • Blues win against Wild, will face them in the playoffs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Blues open the first round of the NHL playoffs this week, their opponent will be the same team that was at Scottrade Center on Saturday afternoon. The Blues wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 victory then over Minnesota, which will return to St. Louis for an opening-round..." April 12

  • Injured Blues will return in regular-season finale

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The uncertainty of when Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Bortuzzo will return to the Blues’ lineup is over. The three players, who have been recovering from various injuries, will suit up Saturday when the club hosts Minnesota at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center in the final game of the..." April 11

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    MORNING SKATE: Tarasenko, Steen and Bortuzzo will all play Saturday vs. #mnwild. https://t.co/cwjDwVjFfW

  • Blues hold off Hawks, clinch Central

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues were in their locker room for mere seconds Thursday night after their 2-1 win over Chicago when the night’s other game that mattered to them wrapped up in Nashville. Minnesota, which rested its top three scorers and starting goaltender against Nashville, had rallied for a 4-2 win over..." April 10

  • Blues get Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen back before playoffs

    CBSSports.com "The St. Louis Blues should be flying high already the day after clinching the Central Division title, but they got some even better news Friday. Forwards Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, who have each been out more than a week with injury, will both return to the lineup for the final game..." April 10

  • Jets chase playoffs with massive win in St. Louis

    Arctic Ice Hockey "The Jets continued their winning ways in St. Louis, winning a hard fought 1-0 game on the back of Ondrej Pavelec's solid, 30-save performance. As usual, the Jets and Blues played a tightly contested affair. Chris Thorburn scored early in the second period on a rebound, and the Jets were able to..." April 08

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics

    Sportsnet.ca "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

  • 'Note ends Chicago blues, takes Central lead

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues lost a tooth and a defenseman Sunday night in Chicago, but had plenty of bite in an impressive 2-1 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center. Forwards David Backes and Olli Jokinen had second-period goals and goaltender Jake Allen made a case for more starting assignments with 38..." April 06

  • Reaves loses Chiclet, promptly returns to ice -- because hockey

    Fox Sports Midwest "Blues forward Ryan Reaves performed a little self-service dentistry while on the bench during Sunday's game in Chicago, pulling out one of his teeth and handing it to trainer Ray Barile during the second period. Reaves lost the Chiclet compliments of this hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent..." April 06

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board

    Deadspin.com "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • Blues have no plans to bring Sobotka back this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Vladimir Sobotka might be a Blue again one day, but not this season. Petr Svoboda, Sobotka’s agent, told the Post-Dispatch on Friday that he plans to meet with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong perhaps as early as next month to discuss the forward’s future with the franchise. Sobotka left..." April 04

  • Bortuzzo in no danger of leaving Blues' lineup

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues are making a couple of lineup changes for tonight's game against Dallas. It should be no surprise that defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is not one of them. The Blues' 4-1 victory over Calgary Thursday improved the club to 6-3-1 when Bortuzzo is in the lineup; the team is 1-2-1 without the..." April 03

  • Schwartz shines in Blues convincing win over Calgary

    Fox Sports Midwest "With Vladimir Tarasenko out of the lineup for the first time all season, the Blues' other young forward stepped into the spotlight. Jaden Schwartz scored an early goal and created numerous other chances to lead a re-energized St. Louis team to a dominating 4-1 win over Calgary, breaking a skid..." April 03

  • Blues lose Tarasenko to lower-body injury

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The bad news: The Blues, who are already without Alexander Steen, will now be without Vladimir Tarasenko. The good news: The club says both will be ready for the playoffs, which begin April 15. Steen, in fact, could be back as soon as Thursday night against Calgary or perhaps by the weekend...." April 03

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    Lou Korac @lkorac10

    Hitch said Tarasenko has a lower body injury and will miss tomorrow. Day to day. #stlblues

  • Tarasenko left limping after Blues loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues must wait at least another night to clinch a playoff spot, but that was far from the most troubling news from a 4-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks. The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but fans are in high alert over the condition of Vladimir Tarasenko, who..." March 31

  • Canucks 4 Blues 1: Second line carries Canucks to crucial win

    Vancouver Province "At least now we know where the Canucks second line went for months. It didn't disappear, it was just waiting for the games to matter a little more. Better late, than never. To start the most critical road trip Vancouver has had in years, and that's not hyperbole, the Canucks were carried..." March 31

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Steen out, Jokinen in tonight. #stlblues

  • Playoff clinching scenarios for Monday, March 30

    NHL.com "With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Two clubs can clinch playoff berths Monday, while the Anaheim Ducks can lock up the Pacific Division title: * The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they win in..." March 30

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Steen (lower-body injury) will not return. #stlblues

  • Shattenkirk is 'ready to go' for Blues

    Pro Hockey Talk "As anticipated, the St. Louis Blues are getting a significant boost on Saturday, as key defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk returns to the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. As an added bonus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out that the Blues will see the return of two blueliners with Carl..." March 28

  • Hockey Hall of Fame changes bylaws, Chris Pronger now eligible

    Courier-Post "In a couple months, when the Hockey Hall of Fame announces its 2015 class of inductees, Chris Pronger may be among the group. Until yesterday, that wasn't possible. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Hall of Fame changed the language in its bylaws Wednesday and the new wording allows..." March 28

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Blues rally on the road to edge Penguins

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "So, it turns out, you can go home again. The Blues, who have been on the road for the past 10 days, moving through six cities and three time zones in that span, finally got to return to St. Louis on Tuesday night. They did it after a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh..." March 25

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit

    CBSSports.com "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Blues' Shattenkirk expected to return Saturday after 25-game absence

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues are primed to make a huge addition to the blue line with eight games remaining on the regular season schedule. Kevin Shattenkirk, who missed 25 games following abdominal surgery, is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Columbus Blue..." March 25

  • Justin Abdelkader turning into reliable scorer, reaches 20-goal mark with OT winner vs. Blues

    Michigan Live "Justin Abdelkader has transformed his game during his sixth full season in the NHL. The veteran forward still does the things that have always made him valuable to the Detroit Red Wings. He goes hard into the corners after the puck, takes a beating in front of the net and sticks up for the Red..." March 23

  • Stastny fitting in with hometown St. Louis Blues

    NHL.com "Paul Stastny entered the summer of 2014 with a choice, one that would affect his immediate NHL future. When that choice involved a chance to go home for the 29-year-old Quebec City native who lived most of his childhood in St. Louis because his Hall of Fame father (Peter Stastny) played his..." March 22

  • Wild bounces back at home with 6-3 rout over Blues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The company line from Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek, Mike Yeo and many others after the Wild pounded the St. Louis Blues 6-3 was the Wild is not in a position where it can look ahead at potential first-round playoff matchups. The Wild first has to make the playoffs, and with 10 games left, there..." March 22

  • Blues shutout Flames, alone in first place

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After yet another shutout, the Blues are alone in first place in the Central Division for the first time in three months. A 4-0 victory over Calgary on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome gave the club sole possession of the division lead for the first time since Dec. 13. The win ran..." March 18

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Blues are better late, beat Dallas

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues coach Ken Hitchcock couldn’t help but notice the developments with his team in less than 24 hours. The club traveled to Dallas for the second night of back-to-back games and looked the part for the first two periods. Still without goal, a troubling trend of late, the Blues scored two and..." March 16

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Lindbohm and Jokinen are both back in the lineup today. No word yet on who will sit. #stlblues

  • With Blues, it's personal for Stewart

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One bonus in acquiring power forward Chris Stewart at the trade deadline might be the fact the Wild plays the St. Louis Blues three times in the final 14 games, including twice in St. Louis starting Saturday night. Stewart still is bothered that the Blues traded him to lowly Buffalo at last..." March 15

  • Blues grit out another shootout win over Flyers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues have had more momentous occasions with the Philadelphia Flyers than their 1-0 shootout win Thursday at Scottrade Center. For instance, there was that night on April 10, 1968, when Larry Keenan scored in the second overtime to beat the Flyers 3-2. It was Game 3 of the Stanley Cup..." March 13

  • Blues' Ken Hitchcock becomes fourth NHL coach with 700 wins

    Sporting News "The Blues' Ken Hitchcock on Thursday became the fourth coach in NHL history to win 700 games. It's fitting that No. 700 happened by way of shutout. After allowing four goals on 16 shots Tuesday, goalie Brian Elliott stopped all 28 shots the Flyers threw on net in a 1-0 shootout victory. It was..." March 13

  • NHL GMs might curb shootouts

    CSN New England "This will hardly come as a shock to anybody that remembers just last week when Claude Julien famously said “they suck” when asked about NHL shootouts, but the Bruins coach is in favor of getting rid of them altogether. Darren Dreger said on NBCSN Wednesday night that the NHL general managers..." March 12

  • Blues' Shattenkirk on track in recovery from surgery

    NHL.com "Kevin Shattenkirk admitted the play was rather innocent. But on that Feb. 1 day against the Washington Capitals, once the St. Louis Blues defenseman received MRI results, the diagnosis was cut and dry. Shattenkirk, who has missed the Blues' past 17 games after having abdominal surgery, spoke..." March 12

  • Blues all smiles after unlikely hero saves St. Louis from its late mistakes

    Fox Sports Midwest "The Blues learned a valuable lesson Tuesday night against a hungry Winnipeg team at Scottrade Center. St. Louis can't afford to relax in the season's final month if it wants to stay in contention for a Central Division and Western Conference title. The Jets proved that by overcoming a three-goal,..." March 11

  • Blues sign Parayko to an entry-level contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues locked up an asset for the future Tuesday evening. The club announced they’ve come to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with defenseman Colton Parayko. The 21-year-old has spent the past three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he collected six..." March 11

  • Evgeny Romasko will become NHL's first Russian referee on Monday

    CBSSports.com "On Monday night in Detroit, when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers, Evgeny Romasko will make some history when he becomes the first Russian referee in NHL history when he joins Paul Devorski on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The 33-year-old Romasko had some assignments earlier this season in..." March 09

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