Blues Rumors & News

  • Blues battle back to beat Blue Jackets

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The patience paid off as the puck found the back of the net, registering as his fourth goal of the season and first game-winner with the club in a 3-1 victory over Columbus. “I’ve been shooting the puck a lot lately in practice and feeling good with it,” Upshall said. “It was just one of those..." November 29

  • NHL seeks scoring solutions amid season of fewer goals, more shutouts

    Tampa Tribune "Goals, goals, goals. Where did they all go? On many a night around the NHL, goals are like an oasis off in the distance that turns out to be a mirage. Take a look at the scoreboard on any given night and there is a good chance somebody is posting a shutout. And if a team isn’t being kept..." November 27

  • Crosby scores twice, Malkin delivers OT goal as Penguins beat Blues

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The celebration centered around Sidney Crosby, and it was easy to see why. The captain, regularly frustrated during the first 20 games of the season, had a breakout performance, scoring twice to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on an Evgeni Malkin goal 1 minutes, 3..." November 26

  • Blues dig deep to beat Sabres

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues got center Paul Stastny back on Monday, which will be a big addition to their offense, but on Monday they needed to find some goals in different places to get a win. The Blues, outplayed for two periods but trailing only 1-0, got third-period goals from Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri..." November 24

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Blues' Stastny will return to lineup Monday

    The Score "Secondary scoring behind star forward Vladimir Tarasenko has been a struggle for the St. Louis Blues this season, but the team will get a welcome boost with the return of Paul Stastny on Monday. " November 23

  • Wings show mettle with gutsy road win over Blues

    Detroit News "This was a gutty win by the Red Wings. Teemu Pulkkinen scored his sixth goal, with 18.8 seconds left in overtime, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues won the faceoff deep in their zone, but the puck squirted to Brad Richards at the top of the slot, who fed..." November 22

  • Blues' Parayko game-time decision against Red Wings "The St. Louis Blues will go through the day Saturday before deciding whether rookie defenseman Colton Parayko will play against the Detroit Red Wings. Parayko has missed two games with a lower-body injury sustained late in the third period of a victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. He..." November 21

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    St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

    Jeremy Welsh has been reassigned to the @Chicago_Wolves. #stlblues

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Shootout win is special for Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues practice their special-teams units — power play and penalty kill — every day. Since the advent of 3-on-3 overtime this season, they have worked little on shootouts. Their sweat equity on the PP and PK paid off Thursday against Buffalo, after some good fortune in the shootout. The..." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

    Hitchcock confirms that Lehtera and Ott will play tonight. Parayko will not. #stlblues

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Blue Jackets gut out a 3-1 win over St. Louis

    The Cannon "First Period - Not a ton of notable action until St. Louis found the scoreboard 7:36 into the game. The Blues worked their way to a loose puck deep in the zone and Kevin Shattenkirk slapped one past Sergei Bobrovsky. Hey, remember a few days ago when John Tortorella wanted to bench Ryan Murray?..." November 18

  • Blues’ Lehtera reportedly hospitalized after taking stick to throat

    Pro Hockey Talk "You know how the St. Louis Blues have distinguished themselves by shaking off a series of injuries? They’re going to get tested in that area … again. The team announced that Jori Lehtera won’t return to Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to an upper-body injury. Beyond..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Lehtera suffers upper-body injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "You know how the St. Louis Blues have distinguished themselves by shaking off a series of injuries? They’re going to get tested in that area … again. The team announced that Jori Lehtera won’t return to Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to an upper-body injury. Beyond..." November 17

  • Blues top Winnipeg Jets 3-2

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues coach Ken Hitchcock scrambled the team’s lines Monday in an effort to boost secondary scoring, which is to say, scoring from everyone other than Vladimir Tarasenko. It turns out that proximity to Tarasenko continues to be a dominant factor in the team’s offense. David Backes, who was..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews fights David Backes again

    CBS Sports "Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is not a fighter, but he has surprisingly found himself in the middle of one twice in the past week. Keep in mind that this is a player that before this season had fought just three times in his entire career. But after fighting Adam Henrique of the New..." November 15

  • Blackhawks win physical battle with Blues

    Chicago Sun-Times "For the second time in eight days, Jonathan Toews went after an opponent and dropped the gloves. And this time, he really meant it. After seeing Blues captain David Backes plaster Niklas Hjalmarsson into the boards behind the net in the first period Saturday night, Toews challenged Backes with..." November 15

  • Report: No fine or suspension coming for Toews or Backes

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was quite a bit of carnage between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but a fine or suspension won’t come out of it. That’s the word from the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Lazerus this morning, following Chicago’s 4-2 victory. So nothing extra for Jonathan Toews, David..." November 15

  • Rangers extend win streak to 7 with dizzying win over Blues

    New York Post "If this was a preview of the Stanley Cup final, as so many predicted, well then come June, hold on to your seat. It’s going to be a wild ride. Because the Rangers’ dramatic 6-3 win over the Blues on Thursday night at the Garden was a thing to behold, talent running all over the ice — and in..." November 13

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Martin Havlat left the #blues for personal reasons. He's on unconditional waivers. #tvasports

  • Allen's second straight shutout lifts Blues 2-0 over Devils

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues goalie Jake Allen may not give up the net again and general manager Doug Armstrong may not stop inviting players for tryouts. Allen delivered his second consecutive shutout Tuesday night — even if he had to wait on a review of the final second of regulation — leading the Blues to a 2-0..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • Is Jake Allen breaking through for the Blues?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite Brian Elliott‘s sometimes All-Star caliber work, it seems like the St. Louis Blues have always been looking for “their guy” in net. Is Jake Allen making a statement that they chose the right guy? Saturday really might have stood as his magnum opus, as he stopped a whopped 45 shots while..." November 09

  • Allen, Blues blank Predators

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues’ power play is much improved, its defense killed five power plays including 91 seconds of five-on-three action, but nothing got the Blues’ attention as much as the play of Jake Allen on Saturday night. Allen made a career-high 45 saves in posting his seventh career NHL shutout in a..." November 08

  • Robby Fabbri is sticking with the Blues this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues are keeping Robby Fabbri with the big club for the 2015-16 season. That’s the announcement that came through on Sunday morning, not that far removed from last night’s 4-0 win against the Nashville Predators. The 19-year-old isn’t getting a ton of ice time and has only..." November 08

  • Shattenkirk returns for Blues against Predators "Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will return to the lineup for the St. Louis Blues when they play against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Shattenkirk missed 10 games with a lower-body injury and is excited to return for his first game since Oct. 13, a 4-3 Blues win..." November 07

  • Blues Give Martin Havlat 1-Year Contract

    The Hockey Writers "The St. Louis Blues have signed veteran forward Martin Havlat to a one-year contract, the team announced on Friday. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it’s a two-way deal that pays $600,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. With a rash of injuries afflicting the..." November 06

  • Blues come back to stun Blackhawks in overtime

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues trailed by three goals and starting goalie Brian Elliott was sitting in the locker room, injured after a first period collision. “Rivalry Night,” as it was dubbed on national TV Wednesday night from the United Center, would have to be put on hold. Playing on the second night of a..." November 05

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    St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

    Steve Ott has an upper-body injury and will not return to tonight’s game. #STLvsCHI #OurBlues

  • Blues recall Paajarvi from Wolves

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "he Blues recalled forward Magnus Paajarvi from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, on Wednesday. The Blues were shutout 3-0 by Los Angeles Tuesday night at Scottrade Center and are looking to add some speed to their lineup tonight against Chicago. With Paajarvi just down..." November 04

  • Kings beat Blues, 3-0, after Anze Kopitar leaves because of blow to the face

    Los Angeles Times "The Kings had every excuse to fold Tuesday, playing the second game in two nights on the road, facing the big, physical St. Louis Blues, and playing most of the game without one of their acknowledged leaders, Anze Kopitar. Instead they stood together and created one of their finest moments in a..." November 04

  • Blues' Ryan Reaves receives maximum fine for jab on Anze Kopitar

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Kings could be without Anze Kopitar after he took a high blow from St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves in Tuesday night's 3-0 win. For his trouble, Reaves received the maximum fine from the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The department called the play roughing, though some..." November 04

  • Backes lifts Blues in OT against Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the anticipation of a 3-on-3 overtime was building in the Halloween crowd of 17,728 at Scottrade Center on Saturday night, a member of the Blues’ equipment staff was working behind the scenes, and what he did might have been the difference in the game. With several of the Blues’ regulars out..." November 01

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Hitch on Tarasenko: "He's out for the month of October." #wiseguy

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Shattenkirk will not play tonight. #stlblues

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Parayko will play tonight. #stlblues

  • Tarasenko, Parayko not on the ice today

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues held an optional skate Friday afternoon and neither Vladimir Tarasenko nor Colton Parayko were on the ice. Both were injured in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Tarasenko left the game briefly after a knee-to-knee collision with Anaheim's Shawn Horcoff in the second..." October 30

  • Blues get a bounce to beat Ducks

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues got a break, got a scare and got a bounce on Thursday night, the end result being a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in which the team and its fans moved from darkest fear to shining moment in a matter of about 30 minutes. That was about how much time passed between when Vladimir..." October 30

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Blues' Shattenkirk at 95 percent, 'days away' from returning

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues are close to welcoming Kevin Shattenkirk back to the lineup. Head coach Ken Hitchcock updated the status of the injured defenseman Wednesday, saying Shattenkirk is at 95 percent, but the team wants him at 100 percent before he returns to game action. "He's days away, not..." October 28