Blues Rumors & News

  • Blues arena renamed Enterprise Center "The St. Louis Blues home arena will be called Enterprise Center as part of a 15-year building naming-rights agreement announced Monday. The name change takes effect July 1. The building, which opened in 1994, had been called Scottrade Center since 2006. It previously was..." May 21

  • Blues’ Jaden Schwartz to miss remainder of Worlds with injury

    Sportsnet "St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will miss the remainder of the World Championships due to an upper-body injury, Hockey Canada announced on Friday. Per the Blues’, Schwartz’s injury does not require surgery and won’t affect his training camp..." May 18

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Trade of close teammates possible cause for Tarasenko's slump

    Yardbarker "Many people had high hopes that St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko would take that next step this year and become that franchise player that everyone has been waiting for. However, despite those hopes, Tarasenko had a down year. After averaging close to 39 goals per game over the past three..." May 06

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Jordan Kyrou assigned to Chicago Wolves for AHL Playoffs

    Yardbarker "Jordan Kyrou has turned into one of the most intriguing prospects in the league, and now his season will continue after the St. Louis Blues assigned him to the Chicago Wolves for the remainder of the season. " April 18

  • Minority interest in Blues up for sale

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A small, but unspecified, share of the Blues is on the market as Sports Capital Holdings, Dave Checketts' former ownership group, is putting up for sale the minority interest it has retained in the team since selling to Tom Stillman in 2012. Stillman and his group will remain in control of the..." April 12

  • Tarasenko has shoulder surgery, will be evaluated at Blues training camp "Vladimir Tarasenko had reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder. The 26-year-old St. Louis Blues forward will be re-evaluated at training camp in September, general manager Doug Armstrong said. Tarasenko scored 33 goals in 80 games, leading the Blues in goals..." April 11

  • St. Louis Blues Expected To Be Active On Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues lost out on the playoffs on the very final day of the regular season, losing to Colorado in what was essentially a play-in game. That came after the team decided to trade away Paul Stastny at the deadline, instead of bringing in some help for a team that was struggling at the..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Report: Blues' Tarasenko to have shoulder surgery

    TSN "St. Louis Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko has a dislocated shoulder and will have surgery in St. Louis on Wednesday, according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. Tarasenko suffered the injury in the first period of the Blues' season finale against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Pietrangelo on offside review: 'Maybe they need some glasses in Toronto'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues' six-year run of making the playoffs came to a painful end on Saturday night with a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in a do-or-die winner-take-all showdown in the season's final game in Denver. The Blues finished one point in back of Colorado, 95 points to 94, in the battle for the..." April 08

  • Tarasenko suffered significant injury in season-ending loss to Avalanche

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues were dealt a major blow in their most important game of the season. Vladimir Tarasenko left the contest midway through the first period against the Colorado Avalanche, and the club announced in the second frame that the Blues' leading goal scorer would not return with what..." April 08

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Lacerated kidney sidelines Upshall for rest of Blues season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues will be without veteran forward Scottie Upshall for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs — if the team qualifies for the postseason, that is. Upshall was involved in a crunching collision with Arizona defenseman Luke Schenn in the second period of Saturday's 6-0 loss..." April 02

  • Erik Foley Signs Three-Year Entry-Level Contract With St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As expected, the St. Louis Blues have signed Erik Foley to a three-year entry-level contract that will begin in the 2018-19 season. Foley will sign an amateur tryout with the San Antonio Rampage to get into some minor league action before the end of the season. The Providence College standout was..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Blues' Carl Gunnarsson: Out for season with torn ACL

    CBS Sports "Gunnarsson sustained a torn ACL in Friday night's win over the Canucks, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports, adding that the defenseman will miss the rest of the season. Gunnarsson's injury stems from his absorbing a hard check into the boards by forward Bo Horvat. " March 24

  • Vladimir Tarasenko returns to Blues at pivotal time

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues are getting Vladimir Tarasenko back at a crucial time. Tarasenko missed the past two games with an upper-body injury — a suspected but never confirmed concussion — and returns with the Blues sitting three points back of the second wildcard spot in the Western..." March 23

  • Bortuzzo fined for cross-checking in Blues game against Bruins "St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been fined $3,091.40, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Jordan Szwarz during NHL Game No. 1134 in St. Louis on Wednesday, March 21, the National Hockey League's Department of..." March 22

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko leaves game with upper-body injury

    CBS Sports "Tarasenko sustained an upper-body injury in Saturday's home game against the Rangers. He will not return after logging 7:53 of ice time. The Blues simply cannot catch a break when it comes to injuries, particularly among the forward group. Of course, Tarasenko is the team's top scoring threat..." March 18

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester out for remainder of season

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have announced they will be without defenceman Jay Bouwmeester for the remainder of the season. Bouwmeester suffered the injury in Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars, and is expected to be out of commission for the next four to six months. The 34-year-old has had an..." March 05

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Winnipeg Jets Acquire Paul Stastny From St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Winnipeg Jets have acquired Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, forward Erik Foley and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick. St. Louis will retain 50% of Stastny’s remaining contract, which will expire at the end of this season. The fourth-round..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Bortuzzo placed on injured reserve "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have placed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on injured reserve with a left knee injury. Bortuzzo suffered the injury during the Blues game against the Dallas Stars last Friday, Feb...." February 22

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Blues in ‘serious’ trade talks with Sens for Hoffman, Brassard

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues are “engaged in serious discussions” with the Ottawa Senators on a trade that could involve forwards Mike Hoffman or Derick Brassard, according to a new report from Blues beat writer Lou Korac. Citing a source, Korac reports if the two teams complete a trade, it will be for..." February 17

  • Bouwmeester set for 1,100th game "Jay Bouwmeester is slated to dress in his 1,100th career game on Friday night when the Blues meet the Dallas Stars, becoming just the eighth active player (excluding San Jose's Joe Thornton and Chicago's Marian Hossa, who are on injured reserve) and the second active defenseman (Zdeno Chara,..." February 16

  • Blues GM: Could be ‘flurry of activity’ on NHL trade deadline day

    Sportsnet "Back in December, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that he didn’t think his team would be in the market for a rental player around this year’s NHL trade deadline. In fact, more than a few NHL GMs have downplayed their potential involvement in the rental market. Armstrong returned to..." February 16

  • Maple Leafs trade Soshnikov to Blues for 4th-round pick

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the teams announced Thursday. Soshnikov has failed to register a point in the three games he has played with the Maple Leafs this season. The Russian winger..." February 15

  • Zach Sanford Activated Off Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues are among those looking for help at the trade deadline, but they may just have found it from an internal source. Zach Sanford, the prospect included in last season’s Kevin Shattenkirk deal, has been activated off injured reserve and assigned to the San Antonio Rampage. Sanford..." February 15

  • Parayko growing into increased role with Blues "The student has graduated to a bigger role. St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, in his third NHL season, has seen his minutes increase to 22:39 per game this season, second most on the team behind captain Alex Pietrangelo (25:24). During his rookie season in 2015-16, Parayko played 79..." February 10

  • Edmundson out at least six weeks for Blues with broken right forearm "St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson had surgery to repair a broken right forearm Friday and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. Edmundson left the Blues' 6-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday with 7:53 remaining in the first period after he was hit by a shot. He was placed on..." February 09

  • Pietrangelo wins passing challenge at Skills Competition "-- Alex Pietrangelo had two simple objectives heading into the Dunkin' Donuts NHL Passing Challenge on Saturday. The St. Louis Blues defenseman didn't want to start the first-time event at the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena. He wanted to follow Blues teammate Brayden..." January 28

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Blues are getting healthier at a crucial time

    Pro Hockey Talk "At one point during this season, it looked like the St. Louis Blues might run away with the Central Division. Failing that, it seemed like they would at least silence doubts about injuries submarining their campaign. Then Jaden Schwartz got hurt. OK, that’s a mild exaggeration. The..." January 22

  • Debating Brayden Schenn trade? Sean Couturier playing role in it

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "For two straight seasons, Brayden Schenn made a living doing it. Roaming the middle from circle to circle on the power play, ready to let a shot rip, punch home a tip pass or flush a rebound. Schenn mastered the role by understanding how to complement the playmakers surrounding him. He..." January 17

  • Blues Defenseman Petteri Lindbohm Out For The Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Blues announced that defenseman Petteri Lindbohm underwent successful shoulder surgery on Friday but that he will be out for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old has split the season between St. Louis and their shared AHL affiliate in Chicago. In seven games with the Blues in..." January 07

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05