Blues Rumors & News

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

  • Yakupov has no plans to return to KHL

    TSN "Nail Yakupov plans to sign his next contract in the NHL. The 23-year-old winger told Fox Sports' Andy Strickland on Thursday he has no plans of returning to Russia to play in the KHL. Yakupov is coming off a knee surgery which he underwent during the first round of the playoffs. He will be a..." May 11

  • Brodeur won't be Blues' goalie coach next season

    NHL.com "Despite doing a tremendous job with Jake Allen and Carter Hutton after taking over the goalie coaching duties in February, Blues Assistant GM Martin Brodeur will not be serving as the team's goalie coach next season. "He wasn't fired, just for the record," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo joked during..." May 10

  • St. Louis Blues Had Multiple Chances To Trade Vladimir Sobotka

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Mike Yeo and Doug Armstrong met with the media today during the St. Louis Blues locker cleanout, and provided some details on several issues. One of those was the situation they found themselves in regarding Vladimir Sobotka before he finally decided to return to the NHL. Jeremy Rutherford of the..." May 09

  • Blues want long-term deal for Colton Parayko

    Pro Hockey Talk "Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with the media today in the wake of his club’s season-ending playoff loss to Nashville and, unsurprisingly, Colton Parayko was a significant topic of discussion. Just hours after Hockey Canada announced Parayko would join the club at the World Hockey Championship,..." May 09

  • Blues' Parayko to join Canada at worlds

    TSN "St. Louis Blues defenceman Colton Parayko will join Team Canada at the 2017 world hockey championship in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France. Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong officially annouced the news on Tuesday. Team Canada is 3-0 in Group B to..." May 09

  • Steen's status unknown for Game 6

    NHL.com "Could the Blues get Alexander Steen back for today's Game 6 in Nashville? We won't know the answer to that question until just before the puck drops today at 2 p.m. CT (NBCSN, Y98 FM), but we do know that Steen won't play if he doesn't feel like he can help the team. "He is a selfless..." May 07

  • Predators eliminate Blues, advance to 1st conference final

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pekka Rinne raised both arms in the air to celebrate. An already-loud sellout crowd hit unparalleled decibel levels, even by Bridgestone Arena standards. That could only mean one thing Sunday: a history-making day for the Nashville Predators. Rinne's 23 saves and..." May 07

  • Blues stay alive by beating Predators

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Dmitrij Jaskin played his first game of the postseason Friday night when right winger Alexander Steen was scratched with a foot injury. It's safe to say Jaskin will play his second on Sunday. Scoring the St. Louis Blues' first goal and looking suspiciously like the best..." May 06

  • Edmundson likely to join power play

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Defenseman Joel Edmundson is an unlikely candidate to end up on the Blues’ power play, but he’s also an unlikely guy to be tied for the team’s postseason lead in goals, so maybe there’s something there. Edmundson, who played all of 2 minutes, 28 seconds on the power play in the entire regular..." May 05

  • Preds outlast Blues to take 3-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In many ways, the St. Louis Blues did what they wanted to do Tuesday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal against the Nashville Predators. They played the body to the tune of 33 hits, gummed up the neutral zone and put more shots on net than Nashville for..." May 03

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • Blues blast officiating in Game 4 loss to Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes it feels like NHL officials wave off the adage “Two wrongs make a right.” You could argue that two calls from the third period of Game 4 of Blues – Predators (which Nashville ultimately won 2-1, taking a 3-1 series lead) were especially … debatable. The first came during a..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Possession disparity helps Predators take series lead on Blues

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you keep the puck, the other team can't score. And eventually, you will. Playing hockey's version of keep-away most of Sunday, the Nashville Predators owned wide advantages in faceoffs and shots, cashing in enough of their chances to earn a 3-1 win over the St. Louis..." April 30

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Tarasenko tallies twice as Blues even series

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Having watched him score only one goal in his first six playoff games this year, Vladimir Tarasenko's teammates and coaches on the St. Louis Blues could sense that he was on the verge of doing something special. "I saw that look yesterday," Blues coach Mike Yeo said...." April 29

  • Fiddler snaps tie, lifts Predators over Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Being the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, the Nashville Predators knew they would have overcome different levels of adversity if they want to keep advancing in the playoffs They did just that on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round matchup against the..." April 27

  • Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled

    NHL.com "Forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Sunday, awarded annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. The..." April 24

  • Blues assign Schmaltz to Wolves

    NHL.com "The Blues have assigned defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Schmaltz had been recalled to the Blues a day earlier, just hours before Game 5 vs. Minnesota. In addition, the Blues have recalled defenseman Thomas Vannelli. Schmaltz, 23,..." April 23

  • Bruce Boudreau claims Blues weren’t better than the Wild despite series loss

    Yardbarker "You can add another disappointing playoff result to Bruce Boudreau’s coaching record. That growing list of playoff shortcomings may be behind the coach’s comments following a Game 5 loss which saw his Minnesota Wild kicked out of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues. Well … considering the Blues..." April 23

  • Blues must find more ways to score

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Where have you gone, Joel Edmundson? Our city turns its lonely eyes to you. Can someone on the Blues score a goal? Now would be the time. To think that the most dangerous sniper this series has been Joltin’ Joel, who scored two goals in the first two games, one fewer goal than he scored in..." April 22

  • Blues oust Wild on Paajarvi OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi could hardly have picked a better time for his first career playoff goal. Paajarvi's overtime winner and another superlative performance by goaltender Jake Allen spurred the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and into the..." April 22

  • The Blues are accusing the Wild of cheating during faceoffs

    The Comeback "If you’ve watched the first four games of the playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, you’ve seen an insane number of faceoffs called back by the officials and plenty of forwards booted from the circle. At first it seemed like the officials were struggling to drop the..." April 22

  • Wild shut out Blues, avoid sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- It sounds simple, but Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild came into Game 4 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night with one goal: Get the series back home. When a team is trailing three games to none, there really is no need to worry about..." April 20

  • Blues' Stastny skates for first time since March

    TSN "Blues forward Paul Stastny skated for the first time in a month on Tuesday after missing the last 13 games with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny is day to day. St. Louis is up 3-0 in its first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, with Game 4 at home Wednesday..." April 18

  • Boudreau: Wild were 'friggin' good' in Game 3 loss to Blues

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It took Wild coach Bruce Boudreau about three and a half minutes to prove Blues goaltender Jake Allen has gotten to his team. When prodded about his team’s struggles following the Wild’s Game 3 loss to the Blues on Sunday at the Scottrade Center, the 62-year-old Boudreau completely emptied the..." April 17

  • Allen leads Blues to 3-0 series lead over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Blues coach Mike Yeo needs only a few words to describe his conversations with St. Louis goalie Jake Allen the past few days. "I say, 'Hi, good morning and good job,'" Yeo said. "That's about it right now. I don't want to mess anything up. He's playing great." Allen was..." April 16

  • Blues open 2-0 lead with second road win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo still owns a house in Minnesota from his days when he coached the Wild. But he may not be coming back to visit anytime soon. Jaden Schwartz scored late in the third period as the Blues took a commanding lead in their opening-round playoff..." April 15

  • Lineup changes for Blues, but Stastny remains out

    Pro Hockey Talk "There will be a new look for the Blues tonight in Game 2 of their series against Minnesota. Head coach Mike Yeo will make a couple of changes to the lineup that won — but was badly out-shot — in overtime on Wednesday night. On defense, Roberto Bortuzzo will replace Jordan Schmaltz and, at..." April 14

  • Edmundson scores in OT as Blues edge Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen was only concerned about one statistic after a record-setting night between the pipes: the score in the series. A busy night by Allen and an overtime goal by Joel Edmundson propelled the Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on..." April 13

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Sobotka scores in NHL return as Blues beat Avs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- After a couple of years of trying to get Vladimir Sobotka back from the Kontinental Hockey League, he was in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night and immediately made his presence known, just in time for the playoffs. Sobotka, playing his first game in the NHL..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Blues clinch third place in Central

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- The St. Louis Blues want to go into the postseason the right way and they took another step toward that Saturday night. Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Blues defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 at PNC Arena. "It has been playoff..." April 08

  • Golden Knights' Duke signs pro tryout with AHL's Wolves

    Fanrag Sports "The Vegas Golden Knights have their first player in 21-year-old Reid Duke, and on Friday, he joined the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on a professional tryout. Golden Knights’ general manager George McPhee released a statement on the team’s Twitter account: “With Reid Duke’s WHL season ending last..." April 07

  • Blues improve playoff position with win in Florida

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Third place is important to the St. Louis Blues. That was made clear Thursday night as Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal with 9:23 remaining in the third period to lead St. Louis to a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. With two games remaining..." April 06

  • Vladimir Sobotka signs extension with Blues, will play Saturday

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $10.5 million and begins with the 2017-18 season. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong also announced that the Czech centreman will join the Blues..." April 06

  • Sobotka on verge of re-joining Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The never-ending saga involving the Blues and forward Vladimir Sobotka appears to have an ending. Sobotka is headed back to the Blues and it may be for longer than the one year left on his contract. Victor Shalev, the general manager of Avangard Omsk, Sobotka's team of the past three seasons..." April 06

  • Jets charge past Blues for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues can feel fortunate they won't be playing the Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs. The Jets got two goals from Patrik Laine, the first igniting a three-goal outburst in 62 seconds early in the second period, and went on to a 5-2 win over the Blues on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Vladimir Sobotka Terminates KHL Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After months of speculation, Vladimir Sobotka has agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with Omsk Avangard of the KHL ahead of the April 30th expiry date. He is now free to return to North America if he wishes to sign with the St. Louis Blues, and would be eligible for the playoffs this..." April 04

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