Blues Rumors & News

  • Blues roll to season-opening win over Oilers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If fans attending opening night Thursday had two wishes, they might have requested a Blues’ win and a Vladimir Tarasenko goal. They got both. Tarasenko scored his first of the season, and the Blues rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 19,327 at..." October 09

  • NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

    Yardbarker "After handing down one of the longest suspensions in league history, it looked as though the NHL's Department of Player Safety was really throwing down the hammer when comes to late hits and checks to the head. Just two days into the season, this appears to not be the case, as a handful of..." October 09

  • NHL, union set escrow for first quarter of season at 16 per cent

    TSN "With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday. That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this..." October 09

  • Blues goalies ready to split time as season starts

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues open their season on Thursday night and it’s still not official who will be in goal for the first game, though Jake Allen would seem to have the inside edge. It is pretty clear, though, that whoever starts Thursday won’t start the second game on Saturday. Coach Ken Hitchcock has..." October 07

  • Blues Sign Scott Gomez to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. Gomez, 35, logged 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games with New Jersey in..." October 07

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

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    Dhiren Mahiban @dcmahiban

    #StlBlues announce they've signed Scottie Upshall to a one-year, two-way contract.

  • Blues prospect Robby Fabbri's tryout expected to spill into season

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues want an extended look at Robby Fabbri. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong suggested Sunday that the 19-year-old will likely break camp with the big club on a nine-game tryout basis for management to get a longer look." October 05

  • Butler, Paajarvi, Hishon among notables on waivers

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was another flurry of players put on waivers Wednesday, as teams continue to trim down to their 23-man roster limits. We already touched on the Flyers putting veteran forwards Chris Porter and Colin McDonald on waivers; now, it appears the Blues have followed suit by exposing two of their..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Blues' Lehtera: Bone chip in ankle was 'cutting the tendons like salami'

    The Score "Jori Lehtera isn't mincing words when it comes to his recent ankle injury. The St. Louis Blues forward underwent surgery in early August to rectify the issue and described the injury's effects at training camp this week. "It was a 1-centimeter bone chip that was cutting the tendons like..." September 26

  • Elliott, Allen battle for starting job

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Blues turned to Jake Allen over Brian Elliott in playoffs last April, it seemed to be a signal that the young goaltender’s time had come. Not only for the first-round matchup against Minnesota, but beyond. Allen, 25, wasn’t sharp late in the six-game series loss to the Wild, but with a..." September 25

  • Tottenham soccer team gives Wayne Gretzky jersey with misspelled name

    CBS Sports "Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's greatest player and the owner of just about every significant scoring record in league history, was in London on Wednesday and was honored before a soccer game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. As the home team, Tottenham decided to give Gretzky his own..." September 23

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Blues to open with Tarasenko-Stastny-Steen line

    NBC Sports "The St. Louis Blues will begin their exhibition campaign tonight, and will do so with a pretty intriguing top unit. Star sniper Vladimir Tarasenko and fellow winger Alex Steen will be centered by Paul Stastny when the Blues take on the Jackets in split-squad action, per the..." September 22

  • Former NHL player Ewen's brain coveted by CTE researchers

    TSN "Leading neuroscientist and concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator wants to examine Todd Ewen's brain. Ewen, 49, died on Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, CTV Calgary reported. Tator said in an interview Monday that he hopes Ewen's family will consider donating his brain to..." September 22

  • Report: Ewen's death classified as suicide

    TSN "Former National Hockey League forward Todd Ewen died on Saturday at the age of 49. According to CTV Calgary, police are classifying his death as a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A veteran of 518 games in 11 NHL seasons, Ewen broke into the NHL for the St. Louis..." September 21

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    Lou Korac @lkorac10

    Jake Allen (back spasms) back on the ice today for the second group's practice. #stlblues

  • Copley is last to learn about his trade to Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Goaltender Pheonix Copley was traded to the Blues from Washington on July 2. He found out about the deal three days later. Three days? Copley was involved in the swap that sent T.J. Oshie to the Capitals and brought Troy Brouwer to St. Louis. When the deal happened, the minor-league..." September 20

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Allen (back spasms) was pulled out of practice today. Hitch said they'll keep an eye on him. #stlblues

  • Blues take the ice for the start of training camp

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues had their first on-ice practice of training camp Friday. Paul Stastny was scheduled to be in the first group, but he was not in attendance. Stastny and his wife, Haley, are expecting their first child. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Stastny was absent for personal reasons and hoped he..." September 19

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

  • Paajarvi out to prove that he still belongs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Magnus Paajarvi was giddy about becoming a Blue in 2013, traded here from Edmonton in the deal that sent David Perron to the Oilers. In two seasons, however, Paajarvi has been unable to establish himself and at times admittedly has been confused by his role. The forward whom Edmonton took with..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Blues put end to reflection, focus on future

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For Blues captain David Backes, it took “a few beverages” to come to grips with another first-round playoff loss last April. “If I were to tell you we lost in Minnesota and I flipped a switch and was golfing all summer and didn’t think another thought about it, that would be pretty..." September 13

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • GM Ron Hextall addresses David Backes rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite what's out there on the Internet, it appears there is absolutely zero truth about the Flyers exploring a trade for St. Louis Blues star center David Backes, who is entering the walk year of his contract. "Be careful of Internet reports," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said Thursday. One..." September 07

  • Blues' Pietrangelo says it's 'tough' looking back at lack of playoff success

    The Score "For all their regular season success in recent years, the St. Louis Blues can't seem to get it done when it matters most. Over the course of the past three 82-game seasons, the Blues have reached at least 109 points in the standings, winning two division titles. However, they've advanced past..." September 06

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Blues invite Scottie Upshall to training camp on pro tryout

    The Score "Scottie Upshall is going to have to work for his next NHL contract. The free-agent forward has been invited to attend St. Louis Blues training camp on a professional tryout, general manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday. " September 01

  • Barret Jackman feels 'like a rookie again' after signing with Predators

    The Score "Barret Jackman has a new lease on his hockey life. When it became apparent that the St. Louis Blues would not renew his contract upon its expiry earlier this summer, Jackman, for the first time in his career, explored his options on the open market, and landed with division-rival Nashville..." August 29

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    #stlblues confirm that Berglund had his surgery today. It was performed by Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith. Re-evaluated in four months.

  • Wayne Gretzky memorabilia among hockey items auctioned by Canadian government

    Sporting News "The Canadian government has amassed quite the collection of hockey memorabilia, and some of it is up for sale. A few of the more notable items include a binder containing Wayne Gretzky's professional draft questionnaire and autographed photos of other NHL greats such as Guy Lafleur and Lanny..." August 28

  • Report: Blues invite veteran forward Scott Gomez to camp on tryout

    CBS Sports "The St. Louis Blues are going to see what, if anything, free agent forward Scott Gomez has left in the tank. Following the revelation that the New Jersey Devils would not be re-signing the 35-year-old center, not even on a tryout basis, Gomez has accepted an invitation to Blues' training camp on a..." August 27

  • Blues forward Berglund to have shoulder surgery "St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will have surgery on his right shoulder Friday and will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund injured his shoulder while training. He initially dislocated it during the 2013-14 regular season." August 27

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Stastny ready to take on leadership role in St. Louis

    Pro Hockey Talk "With T.J. Oshie dealt to the Washington Capitals in the offseason, Paul Stastny is ready to embrace more of a leadership role in second season with the St. Louis Blues. “By the end of the year I started speaking up. The first year with a new team, you kind of fly under the radar and be quiet,”..." August 16

  • Brodeur wanted a job with the Devils, but everyone left

    Puck Drunk Love "It was widely believed that Martin Brodeur would retire as a member of the New Jersey Devils and would later take on a role in the Devils’ front office after officially hanging up his skates. That plan flew out the window as Brodeur briefly suited up for the St. Louis Blues and later accepted a..." August 14

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

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