Blues Rumors & News

  • Vladimir Sobotka expected to opt out of KHL contract

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues could be set to welcome back a familiar face. Vladimir Sobotka is expected to exercise an option in his KHL contract that would allow him to return to the NHL, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. His agent, Petr Svoboda, is working on his release from Omsk, while Blues..." June 28

  • Shattenkirk expects Blues to trade him

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Kevin Shattenkirk believes that he won’t be a Blue much longer. In fact, the defenseman’s agent is surprised that he’s still with the club. Before last weekend’s NHL draft, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong called Shattenkirk’s agent, Jordan Neumann of Edge Sports Management, and discussed..." June 28

  • Kyle Brodziak Re-Signs With Blues For Two Seasons

    St. Louis Game Time "Doug Armstrong has been busy getting small pieces locked up. First was the Scottie Upshall re-signing, and today the Blues announced that they re-signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year deal." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Blues put focus on forwards on second day of draft

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As they left the First Niagara Center Saturday afternoon, the Blues must have felt like they forget something. Like a defenseman. The Blues typically walk away from the NHL draft with a puck-moving blueliner, usually from one of the first few rounds. This time, not only did they not choose..." June 26

  • Report: Blues requested Red Wings Dylan Larkin in trade for Kevin Shattenkirk

    Winging It In Motown "Reports had surfaced on Sunday out of the Free Press that when the Red Wings inquired on defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, the St. Louis Blues’ asking price was forward Dylan Larkin: St. Louis has to decide what to do with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but on first chatter the Blues wanted Larkin,..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • Agent 'surprised' Shattenkirk wasn't traded at draft

    The Score "With rumors linking Kevin Shattenkirk to the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins during the NHL draft, it appeared the St. Louis Blues defenseman would be dealt by Saturday. However, a trade never came to be - much to the surprise of the blue-liner's agent, Jordan Neumann. "Based on the..." June 25

  • Flames acquire Elliott from Blues

    The Comeback "The Calgary Flames have acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 35th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional pick. The Flames were rumored to be interested in several goalies (Fleury, Bishop), but ultimately they landed on Elliott. Though the Blues..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Rangers in hot pursuit of Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who would be perfect fit

    New York Daily News "The Rangers weren’t eager to trade Keith Yandle’s negotiating rights to the Florida Panthers on Monday. GM Jeff Gorton and coach Alain Vigneault know that puck-moving defensemen with a strong first pass, power play moxie and skating ability are must-haves in the modern NHL – even if it means..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Blues Agree to One-Year Deal with Upshall

    NHL.com "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Scottie Upshall. Upshall, who joined the Blues as a free agent last summer, would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Fort McMurray, Alberta native played in 70 games for the Blues last season,..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Oilers, Bruins Calling About Kevin Shattenkirk

    The Hockey Writers "With summer trade season fully underway, it’s not surprising that two of the teams with the biggest defensive gaps — the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins — are reported to have made calls to the St. Louis Blues about defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun told TSN 1040 that both..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Blues and pending UFA Backes ‘haven’t been able to find that common ground’

    Pro Hockey Talk "As a pending unrestricted free agent, the prospect of David Backes re-signing with the St. Louis Blues doesn’t seem too promising as July 1 approaches. At the age of 32, Backes has played his entire NHL career so far in St. Louis. As the Blues’ captain, he scored 21 goals and 45 points in 79..." June 19

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Blues re-sign Jaskin to two-year contract

    Fox Sports Midwest "At 23, Dmitrij Jaskin established himself as an NHL player in 2015-16, his first full season in the league. It doesn't figure to be his last. The St. Louis Blues announced Thursday that they have re-signed Jaskin to a two-year contract. Jaskin, 23, appeared in 65 regular-season games with..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Mike Yeo to take over as St. Louis Blues head coach in 2017

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Mike Yeo was named as the successor to Ken Hitchcock as coach of the Blues on Monday. Yeo agreed to a one-year deal on Monday as an assistant coach -- the coach-in-waiting -- and a three-year deal to take over as coach after Hitchcock retires after next season. It's an unlikely turn of events..." June 13

  • Shattenkirk just one big name in trade rumors

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains one of the most-discussed names in the NHL's rumor mill for many well-documented reasons. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong isn't eager to get rid of him, as he has been with a few players in the past. But many other things would have to happen..." June 13

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • Blues prepared to use Allen-Elliott tandem again

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues’ decision to keep two experienced goalies, up-and-comer Jake Allen and veteran Brian Elliott, on their 2015-16 roster, turned out to be one of the smartest moves of the season. While a team like Montreal saw star goaltender Carey Price get hurt and its season disintegrate, the Blues..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Trade or no trade? Blues face decision on Shattenkirk

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Now that the Blues are in their offseason, Kevin Shattenkirk will enter his third round of trade speculation in the past year. The rumors began at the NHL draft last summer, when it was believed that the Blues were close on a blockbuster deal involving the All-Star defenseman and T.J. Oshie...." June 08

  • Steen Has Successful Shoulder Surgery; will be Re-Evaluated in 16 Weeks

    NHL.com "The St. Louis Blues announced this Friday night that forward Alexander Steen underwent successful surgery to repair his injured left shoulder. He is expected to be sidelined 4-6 months. Four months from today would be October 3rd, approximately one week before the opening of the 2016-2017..." June 04

  • Blues talking to Yeo about assistant coaching job

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The interview process to fill the Blues’ two vacant assistant coaching positions is underway. Former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was in St. Louis on Thursday to meet with the Blues’ brass, according to a league source. It is believed that the club’s interest in Yeo could extend beyond..." June 03

  • The Return of Captain Kirk - Muller Hired as an Associate Coach

    HockeyBuzz "The prayers of many Montreal Canadiens fans were answered this evening as it was announced that former Canadiens captain and assistant coach Kirk (Is Work) Muller has re-joined the Canadiens as an associate coach. Details of the contract are still unknown. It was just on Wednesday that it was..." June 03

  • Muller, Shaw leave major vacancies on Blues' coaching staff

    Yahoo! Sports "St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will have a mostly new staff when he starts his final NHL season next year. Multiple reports say that assistant coach Kirk Muller will leave the franchise. Muller has been an assistant with the Blues since the 2014-15 season and was known as one of the more..." June 02

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Report: Kirk Muller informs Blues he will not return as assistant coach

    The Score "There appears to be two assistant coaching jobs up for grabs in St. Louis. Kirk Muller has informed the Blues that he will not be returning, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. The news comes a day after the team announced a one-year extension with head coach Ken Hitchcock and the..." June 01

  • Blues GM says Backes is a ‘priority,’ but does he mean it?

    Pro Hockey Talk "By keeping Ken Hitchcock around for another season, there’s a feeling that the St. Louis Blues are taking a pit stop at this fork in the road. They can’t push the “pause” button with every decision, however. It doesn’t get much bigger than deciding whether to let your 32-year-old captain David..." June 01

  • Tarasenko: 'I'm supposed to do better'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko looked back on the playoffs on Tuesday, particularly on his series against San Jose, where he was held goalless until the final nine minutes of the final game, and felt he needed to do more. "They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko..." June 01

  • Troy Brouwer has thought about signing with the Canucks

    Puck Drunk Love "Free agent Troy Brouwer has thought about signing with his hometown team. The pending unrestricted free agent told News 1130 Sports that he’s thought about signing with the Vancouver Canucks, which is where the 30-year-old was born. “I have thought about it, for sure. Family and friends,..." May 31

  • Blues to retain Ken Hitchcock as head coach

    The Score "After leading his team to the Western Conference Final for the first time in his five-year tenure, it appears head coach Ken Hitchcock has done enough to stay with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are expected to make a formal announcement as early as Tuesday that Hitchcock will remain with the..." May 31

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Blues' Upshall suffered dislocated, broken thumb in Game 7 vs. Blackhawks

    The Score "St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall played the second and third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a dislocated and broken right thumb. The injury was suffered in a Game 7, first-round win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and clearly limited his ability to contribute from that point. "I..." May 29

  • Sharks' Vlasic donates to charity in honor of Blues' great season

    The Score "Marc-Edouard Vlasic is keeping it classy. After helping defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals, the San Jose Sharks defenseman made a donation to Athletes for Animals, a charity kick started by David Backes and his wife Kelly." May 28

  • Vladimir Sobotka expected to return to the NHL next season

    Sportsnet "According to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, forward Vladimir Sobotka will soon announce his intention to return to the NHL. Sobotka left the St. Louis Blues for the KHL after the 2013-14 season. He’s spent the last two seasons with Avangard Omsk, totalling 72 points in 97 games. " May 28

  • Kevin Shattenkirk knows the trade rumors probably won't go away

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Three days after their season ended in San Jose, the Blues gathered their gear at Scottrade Center Saturday morning and departed for the offseason. It was the last time fans will hear from them for a few months, and perhaps the last time ever as a Blue. There are many questions facing the..." May 28

  • Backes certainly wants to re-sign with Blues

    The Score "The captain has no desire to jump ship. After helping the St. Louis Blues come close to the Stanley Cup, David Backes doesn't appear set on testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1, preferring instead to re-sign with the club." May 28

  • Sharks top Blues, advance to first Stanley Cup Final

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks are going to finish their silver anniversary season chasing that big silver chalice. The Stanley Cup Final is coming to San Jose. "It's pretty neat to get this done at home," Sharks forward Joe Thornton said. "Fans have waited pretty long -- 25..." May 26

  • Blues' Upshall to return for Game 6

    The Score "St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock will change his lineup again for Game 6, as he announced that forward Scottie Upshall is healthy, and will be back Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks. Upshall has been sidelined since Game 2 of the Western Conference Final due to an upper-body injury" May 25

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

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