Blues Rumors & News

  • Blues’ Alexander Steen to miss start of season with hand injury

    Sportsnet "Blues forward Alexander Steen is expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because of an injury to his left hand. The Blues announced that Steen suffered the injury Tuesday night during a game in Dallas and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The Blues’ first regular..." September 20

  • Bouwmeester out with fractured ankle

    TSN "St. Louis Blues forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery and miss 5-6 months of action after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the injury on Tuesday. He also said defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has a left ankle fracture and will be..." September 19

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Sanford sidelined with injury "Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said he expects forward Zach Sanford to miss "a couple weeks" with a shoulder injury he sustained on the first day of training camp. Sanford was injured Thursday while battling for the puck in the corner during his group's practice session. "About three minutes..." September 16

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Blues re-sign Petteri Lindbohm

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with defenseman Petteri Lindbohm for the upcoming 2017-18 season, the team announced on Monday. Lindbohm spent the majority of last season as a member of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Down in the AHL, he scored..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Original Blues d-man Noel Picard passes away at 78

    Pro Hockey Talk "Noel Picard, an original member of the St. Louis Blues when they entered the National Hockey League in 1967, passed away Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, the club announced in a statement. He was 78 years old. Picard played in three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals for the Blues. He..." September 07

  • Yeo 'much more confident' as he begins first full season at Blues helm

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As Blues coach Mike Yeo made an eight-hour drive to St. Louis on Sunday, he recalled his feelings of coming to town a year ago as the team’s “coach in waiting.” “I remember walking into the locker room the first day last year and you don’t know who the players are,” Yeo said. “It’s a different..." August 28

  • Parayko ready for increased responsibility with Blues "St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko enters his third NHL season with one focus. "To make us a better team," he said following an informal skate at the Blues practice facility Wednesday. Parayko, 24, had 35 points (four goals, 31 assists) in 81 games last season, and avoided an..." August 25

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Opilka undergoes successful hip surgery "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues goaltender Luke Opilka had successful surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum. Opilka had been dealing with the injury throughout the 2016-17 season while with the Kitchener..." August 19

  • Blues' Fabbri expected to be full participant in camp after ACL tear "Robby Fabbri knew it right away. Well, maybe he didn't know at the exact moment his left leg twisted like no leg ever should, but five minutes later, he found himself sitting on a table in the medical room at Scottrade Center staring into the concerned faces of the team doctors who were looking..." August 14

  • St. Louis sued over arena upgrade

    TSN "The city of St. Louis is facing a lawsuit over proposed upgrades to the Blues’ arena according to St. Louis Public Radio. Three St. Louis residents – including a democratic alderwoman – filed suit Friday in a St. Louis Circuit Court against the city and the Land Clearance Redevelopment..." August 12

  • After losing farm team, Blues land new one for next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After losing their minor league affiliate to Vegas and being forced into playing next season without one of their own, the Blues are back in the AHL business. Per the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis is set to announce a five-year agreement with the San Antonio Rampage, the current American League..." August 03

  • Restless Fabbri is ready for Blues camp already

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Aside from a two-week trip to Europe, which was wrapped around the wedding of teammate Alexander Steen, Robby Fabbri has spent his summer in St. Louis. The free time has allowed the 21-year-old Blues forward an opportunity to see more of the city, but the native of the greater Toronto area has..." July 31

  • Blues re-sign goalie Binnington

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jordan Binnington, the netminder taken 88th overall by the Blues in 2011, has signed a one-year, two-way extension, the club announced on Friday. Binnington, 24, has played almost exclusively with St. Louis’ AHL affiliate since turning pro four years ago, though he did spend some time in the..." July 28

  • Blues have ‘wiggle room’ after locking up Parayko

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues didn’t break the bank to keep Colton Parayko for five more years, and that’s important since they don’t believe the NHL’s salary cap will rise significantly in the next little while. Parayko’s cap hit came in at a manageable $5.5 million, as the two sides narrowly avoided an..." July 20

  • Blues agree to five-year deal with defenceman Colton Parayko

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to a five-year contract, $27.5 million with defenceman Colton Parayko. Parayko, 24, appeared in 81 games with the Blues last season, his second in the league. He has 13 goals and 68 points in 160 career games. The St. Albert, Alta. native was also a member of..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Sooner, not later, for Blues' best kids

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For Blues’ first-round pick Robert Thomas, the feeling would come whenever he turned on the TV last season and watched Toronto, Calgary or Arizona play. Thomas’ former teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League — Mitch Marner, Matthew Tkachuk and Christian Dvorak — were NHL..." July 09

  • Colton Parayko files for arbitration

    TSN "St. Louis Blues defenceman Colton Parayko has filed for arbitration, the team confirmed Wednesday. The deadline for players to file is Wednesday at 5pm et. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Blues would have filed for arbitration if Parayko had not. The St. Albert,..." July 05

  • Blues sign first-rounder Kostin, who could be a real steal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues have signed Russian forward Klim Kostin to a three-year, entry-level contract. We wrote about Kostin yesterday. The 18-year-old was the 31st overall pick in the 2017 draft, and he may have been a steal considering he was the top-ranked European skater by NHL Central..." July 05

  • Lamoriello: Patrick Marleau’s pricey contract worth the risk

    Sportsnet "Lou Lamoriello knows there’s some risk in the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ acquisition of Patrick Marleau, who signed a three-year, $18.75-million contract with the team. But the Leafs GM is confident the decision to bring the veteran forward aboard was a sound one. “It was a unanimous consensus on the..." July 05

  • Chris Thorburn joins Blues on 2-year, $1.8M deal

    TSN "The St. Louis Blues found their replacement for Ryan Reaves on Saturday, signing Chris Thorburn to a two-year, $1.8 million deal. Thorburn spent the past 10 season with the Winnipeg Jets organization. He scored three goals and added one assist in 64 games last season while taking 95 minutes in..." July 01

  • Blues sign 3 players at start of free agency "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong signed two unrestricted free agents and one restricted free agent to new contracts on Saturday shortly after NHL free agency opened at 11 a.m. CT. Unrestricted free agent forward Chris Thorburn will join the Blues after signing a two-year deal worth $1.8..." July 01

  • St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Magnus Paajarvi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have locked up a young forward for another year, inking Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year deal worth $800K. Paajarvi was a restricted free agent, but will now hit the open market in a year as a UFA. At 26, Paajarvi has yet to really pay off the 10th-overall selection that was..." June 29

  • Signing pending RFA Parayko is priority for Blues — and it won’t be cheap

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues kickstarted their prospects camp on Wednesday, however their greatest offseason priority right now is getting pending restricted free agent defenseman Colton Parayko under contract. The Blues recently extended Parayko a qualifying offer to retain his negotiating rights, and..." June 28

  • Patrik Berglund of Blues sidelined until at least December "St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund is expected to be out until December after having surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. Berglund sustained the injury during his offseason conditioning work in his native Sweden. It's the second time in three seasons Berglund will miss the..." June 28

  • Blues' Yakupov doesn't receive qualifying offer

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have not extended a qualifying offer to forward Nail Yakupov, a move that will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The club extended such offers to Colton Parayko, Magnus Paajarvi, Oskar Sundqvist, Petteri Lindbohm and Jordan Binnington on Monday, it announced in..." June 27

  • Brayden Schenn getting over shock of being dealt by Flyers "Brayden Schenn is just coming to terms with the deal that sent him from the Flyers to St. Louis on Friday night. The deal happened late in the first round of the draft, when the Flyers acquired two first-round selections — one a conditional pick in 2018 — and veteran center Jori Lehtera for..." June 26

  • Brayden Schenn traded to Blues by Flyers for Jori Lehtera, picks "Center Brayden Schenn was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday for forward Jori Lehtera, the No. 27 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2018 draft. With the No. 27 pick, the Flyers selected center Morgan Frost. Philadelphia earlier selected..." June 24

  • Penguins acquire forward Ryan Reaves from Blues

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have traded forward Ryan Reaves, and a second-round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for pick No. 31 and forward Oskar Sundqvist. The Blues then used pick No. 31 to draft forward Klim Kostin. Reaves, 30, is known more for his grit than his scoring. " June 24

  • Blues considering moving up in draft "The Blues will have two first-round picks when the 2017 NHL Draft begins Friday at United Center in Chicago. Or will they? "We are considering moving up," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong revealed in an exclusive interview for "We've talked to some teams that are in an..." June 22

  • Golden Knights set to select David Perron from Blues

    Fanrag Sports "As the Las Vegas Expansion Draft draws closer by the hour, reports have begun to leak – including one that suggests that the Golden Knights are set to select David Perron as their expansion piece from the St. Louis Blues. Perron is currently on his second stint with the Blues, after getting..." June 21

  • Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly still seeks return to NHL, and here are three likeliest suitors

    CBS Sports "Talk of a return to the NHL by ex-New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk has heated up as the expansion draft and free agency draw near. Reports out of Russia have indicated Kovalchuk might stay in the Kontinental Hockey League, but Devils general manager Ray Shero cited assurances from..." June 17

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • How much would Las Vegas want to take Blues' Lehtera?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Las Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee has been fielding offers from NHL general managers in advance of the June 21 expansion draft. Word is he will start announcing those deals this week, which will kick the NHL's silly season into higher gear. "We're far enough along with a..." June 05

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • St. Louis Blues hire Steve Ott as assistant coach

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have hired Steve Ott as an assistant coach. Ott played 848 games over a 13-season career with Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis, Detroit, and Montreal. The forward finished his playing career with 109 goals, 288 points, and 1,555 penalty minutes." May 25

  • Blues Name Sydor Assistant Coach "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Darryl Sydor Assistant Coach. Sydor, who served as an assistant on Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo's staff during his stint with the Minnesota Wild, has signed a three-year contract..." May 25

  • Blues owner confident in GM Armstrong's vision

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Never once, not when the Blues came out of last summer somewhat empty-handed or when this season started to slide, did owner Tom Stillman second-guess the direction of general manager Doug Armstrong. “No,” Stillman said. “You need to keep a longer view on things like that. You don’t evaluate..." May 22

  • Blues confirm no AHL affiliation for 2017-18 season

    Fanrag Sports "It came out on Tuesday afternoon that the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, would no longer be affiliated with the Central Division club. Instead, the team would be exclusively affiliated with the Vegas Golden Knights on a multi-year deal, leaving the Blues without an..." May 16

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • Blues clean house, part ways with four coaches

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been a dramatic year with regards to coaching changes in St. Louis, and that trend continued on Tuesday. The Blues announced that assistant coaches Ray Bennett, Rick Wilson and Steve Thomas had been let go, along with goalie development coach Ty Conklin. “I would like to thank Ray,..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15