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  • Doug Armstrong on the Blues at the trade deadline: 'We were excited about the group we had'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A day after the trade deadline, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong met with the media Tuesday about the team's actions, or non-actions, at the deadline. The Blues were one of a handful of teams not to make a trade of any kind at the deadline. Their only acquisition was getting..." February 27

  • Jay Bouwmeester to hold press conference Wednesday "Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at Enterprise Center to answer questions from the media. " February 26

  • Blues' Jay Bouwmeester won't play again this season, will 'evaluate' future after cardiac episode

    The Hockey News "Speaking with media for the first time since he collapsed on St. Louis’ bench during a game against the Anaheim Ducks, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said he is feeling “pretty good” and that a decision on his future and whether he’ll play in the NHL again “will..." February 26

  • Emergency backup goalie rules expected to be discussed at GM meetings "The emergency backup goalie procedure for NHL games is expected to be discussed at the general managers meetings that begin next week, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday. The emergency backup (EBUG) is in the spotlight again after David Ayres played for the Carolina..." February 26

  • Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong Speaks On Chris Kreider Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with the media today to discuss the quiet trade deadline, and eventually got to the subject of Chris Kreider. The Blues had showed interest in the New York Rangers winger, but Armstrong explained that they really couldn’t go down..." February 25

  • Which NHL teams hold most draft picks after 2020 trade deadline?

    Sportsnet "The NHL’s 2020 trade deadline has come and gone, with a total of 31 trades comprising the final day before the cut-off. Now, rosters are set and teams begin either their climb to the Stanley Cup Playoffs or their road to the NHL draft. For the first of those groups, deadline day..." February 25

  • Trade Deadline Primer: St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The defending Stanley Cup champions have had a largely successful season.  They’ve been among the top teams in the Central pretty much all season long and are in first place in the conference at the moment despite injuries to several key players.  However, it’s that injury..." February 24

  • Trade Deadline Day Broken Down By Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The 2020 trade deadline was extremely busy, with more than 30 transactions taking place before the bell rung. It’s hard to keep track of everything as it is happening, so we’ll break it down by team: Anaheim Ducks Added: Joel Persson (EDM)February 24

  • 'It's like losing a brother': The human aspect of the NHL trade deadline

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL trade deadline is always a fun time for fans. It's a time for buyers to bring in the final key pieces of a Stanley Cup roster or maybe those one or two players needed to complete a run to the playoffs. For sellers, it is time to move players away and begin looking towards the..." February 24

  • 25 NHL trade candidates: Who will stay, who will go?

    680 News "As the weeks leading up to the deadline have played out, a few players from our list have been dealt away and crossed off. But with the height of trade season upon us, we still have 25 candidates who could be dealt before 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday. It’s crunch time, and teams are..." February 24

  • USA hockey hotbed heat check: What's the center of the American hockey universe?

    ESPN "Picture hockey in the United States like its own universe. There are some large, gaseous planets with many moons, such as Boston and the Twin Cities. There are smaller planets, with the buoyancy of new life, such as Chicago or Washington. There are dimming, dying stars, and there are..." February 22

  • Sabres to waive Zach Bogosian to terminate deal

    TSN "The Buffalo Sabres will place Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers at Noon ET for contract termination after the veteran defenceman refused to report to the AHL's Rochester Americans, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports. Bogosian was suspended by..." February 21

  • Oilers looking to add forward prior to Trade Deadline "The Edmonton Oilers are looking to add a player or two prior to the NHL Trade Deadline to help secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, general manager Ken Holland said Thursday. "You can say we're first place in the [Pacific Division], but we're also [four] points from..." February 21

  • Seven trades we'd like to see before the NHL trade deadline

    ESPN "As we approach the NHL trade deadline on Monday, there's some mild trepidation around the league that player movement on deadline day could be slower and less consequential than in years past. There are any number of reasons for that. The standings currently look..." February 21

  • 3 teams that should trade for Dustin Byfuglien

    The Score "Dustin Byfuglien doesn't appear likely to play an NHL game this season, but he's suddenly an intriguing option ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. The Winnipeg Jets are reportedly attempting to exhaust all options on potential deals for the imposing..." February 20

  • 5 players who would benefit from a change of scenery

    The Score "Sometimes players just don't work with certain teams for intangible reasons. They could be newcomers who don't gel properly or veterans simply needing to move on and reignite their game. A change of scenery can sometimes go a long way toward revitalizing careers. Ahead of next..." February 20

  • Blues trade deadline plan dependent on Vladimir Tarasenko, GM says

    NHL Trade Rumors "Vladimir Tarasenko practiced with the St. Louis Blues again Wednesday and the injured forward's status could dictate how St. Louis approaches the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m. ET, general manager Doug Armstrong said. The forward, who has been skating regularly..." February 19

  • Beyond Rentals: 10 trade deadline targets who won't become UFAs this summer

    The Hockey News "With the trade deadline one week away, the focus in all trade chatter tends to shift to the rentals. And, hey, not without reason. Given the teams in true Stanley Cup contention are up against the cap or will have major contract concerns to address in the off-season, the best course of action..." February 19

  • How the Seattle NHL franchise is bringing hockey to everyone

    ESPN "Kyle Boyd was a high school history teacher who had recently relocated to Seattle because his wife got a new job. He grew up playing hockey, and one weekend last year, decided to go skating because he missed it. He drove 45 minutes to a rink in the suburbs for an open skate. The ice was packed..." February 19

  • Sizing up NHL deals before the Feb. 24 trade deadline

    USA Today "Analyzing the notable deals and other happenings in the month leading up to the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline: Feb. 18: The St. Louis acquire defenseman Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round 2020 pick and a conditional fourth-rounder in..." February 18

  • Four potential trade destinations for Joe Thornton

    Sportsnet "The last time a potential Joe Thornton trade was even conceivable was back in 2014. The San Jose Sharks had finished second in the Pacific Division and met the rival Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. San Jose dominated the early part of the series,..." February 18

  • Habs flip Marco Scandella to Blues for 2 draft picks

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens traded defenseman Marco Scandella to the St. Louis Blues for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 conditional fourth-round pick, the team announced Tuesday. " February 18

  • Jay Bouwmeester back in St. Louis, thanks staff "I would sincerely like to thank all of the trainers from both the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, as well as all of the first responders, the Anaheim medical staff and the team at the UCI Medical Center for their quick actions on Feb. 11. " February 18

  • 5 teams that need to make a move before the trade deadline

    The Score "The right trade can go a long way in vaulting a contender closer to the Stanley Cup. With the Feb. 24 trade deadline around the corner, we've identified five teams vying for playoff berths that need to make a move to bolster their respective lineups. Note: Deadline cap space..." February 18

  • Scott Howson Elected AHL President

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The AHL’s board of governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as the league’s next president and CEO. He will replace the outgoing David Andrews, who will vacate the position after June 30th. Andrews will continue in his position as chairman of the board...." February 14

  • Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline

    The Hockey News "If you go back through the past five trade deadlines and peruse the moves made by Stanley Cup-winning sides, one thing stands out: the big budget, headline-making, splashy moves are the exception, not the rule. Last season, for instance, the St. Louis Blues made one acquisition at the..." February 14

  • The NHL Olympics debate is a sham

    ESPN "It's getting very, very hard to sympathize with the National Hockey League when it comes to Olympic participation. For a while, it was easy. The International Olympic Committee was on the other side of the table, an organization that makes FIFA look like Amnesty International by..." February 14

  • Jay Bouwmeester undergoes ICD procedure "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced this morning that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has undergone a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure at UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim. February 14

  • Analyzing the best and worst linemate situations in the NHL

    TSN "On Tuesday, I had an interesting conversation with The Athletic’s Justin Bourne about which forward has the most favourable deployment situation in the National Hockey League. Bourne was making the argument that Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot – a winger on a line..." February 14

  • Jay Bouwmeester Doing “Very Well” Following Collapse

    The Hockey News "Speaking with media Wednesday, Blues GM Doug Armstrong announced defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is doing “very well” after collapsing due to a cardiac event during the first period of the St. Louis’ contest against the Ducks on Tuesday night. In a brief statement shortly..." February 13

  • 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about before the deadline

    Sportsnet "Less than two weeks before the trade deadline, and we’re starting to see some deals come in. Toronto acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford last week, while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild swapped Alex Galchenyuk and Jason Zucker this week — two..." February 12

  • Leave playoff gimmicks to MLB and keep the NHL post-season just the way it is

    The Hockey News "The day after what would have been Bill Veeck’s 106th birthday – look him up on Google, kids – news came out that Major League Baseball recently had a meeting with its Players’ Association to discuss adding teams to the playoffs and a scheme in which higher-seeded..." February 12

  • Blues release statement on condition of Jay Bouwmeester "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong has released the following statement regarding Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester: "With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac..." February 12

  • Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester suffers medical emergency, game vs. Ducks delayed

    Sportsnet "Play at Honda Center was delayed during the first period on Tuesday night for a medical emergency involving St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester during a game against the Anaheim Ducks. A tweet from the Ducks says he was taken to the dressing room. " February 11

  • Elias Pettersson is the latest in a long line of NHL stars who are targets of on-ice abuse

    The Hockey News "Anyone who has watched NHL hockey over the past season-and-a-half did not require a Hockey Night in Canada montage to come to the conclusion that Elias Pettersson is a target of abuse. This has been going on pretty much since Pettersson first stepped onto the ice as a rookie. And as..." February 11

  • NHL 'not even close' on agreement to send players to Olympics

    ABC7 "The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course and compete in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, despite new assurances --which have the backing of the league's players -- from Olympic officials to resolve some major stumbling blocks. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." February 11

  • Blue Jackets using most first-year players in NHL "1-Columbus Blue Jackets  Total games played by rookies (11 players): 240 games Players: Forwards Alexander Texier, Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Ryan MacInnis, Kole Sherwood; defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Gabriel..." February 10

  • Senators have flexibility ahead of trade deadline

    Sportsnet "There isn’t another team in the league with the roster flexibility of the Ottawa Senators, who not only have 10 pending unrestricted free agents but just four non-ELC players signed beyond next season (Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Colin White and Bobby..." February 10

  • Money Money 2020: sizing up the 10 best pending RFA defensemen

    The Hockey News "Things are starting to heat up with between Darnell Nurse and the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Oilers and Nurse are making progress on an expected short-term deal. Nurse is on the final year of..." February 10

  • Chris Pronger to Have Number Retired by St. Louis Blues

    Last Word On Hockey "On Saturday, February 9th, the St. Louis Blues announced that they will retire Chris Pronger, who wore number 44. Pronger and fellow Blues legend Al MacInnis were at a season ticket holder event on Saturday afternoon when MacInnis surprised Pronger with the..." February 09

  • Report: IOC, IIHF open to addressing NHL's concerns about Olympics

    The Score "The governing bodies of international sport and hockey have taken a big step in negotiations over the NHL's potential Olympic participation in 2022. Following a meeting earlier this week, the IOC and IIHF indicated a willingness to address the issues the league has raised about..." February 09

  • Vladimir Tarasenko skates with Blues for first time since shoulder surgery "Vladimir Tarasenko skated Thursday with the St. Louis Blues for the first time since having shoulder surgery Oct. 29. The forward, who was injured on Oct. 24 and has missed 44 games, was a surprise participant in the morning skate before a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. He had..." February 07

  • The Blues are once again in AHL turmoil

    The Sports Daily "The Vegas Golden Knights have purchased the San Antonio Rampage and intend to relocate the team as their new AHL affiliate. That places the St. Louis Blues in an awkward position where they don’t have any immediate answers for their prospects or for their AHL depth beyond the current..." February 07

  • NHL, NHLPA to resume negotiations on collective bargaining agreement "The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to resume negotiations toward an extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It will be the first time the sides have conducted formal negotiations since September, when each agreed to waive the..." February 07

  • Strengths and weaknesses of NHL’s top five trade candidates

    Sportsnet "As we draw nearer to the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, the list of names that will be available is becoming clearer. So today we’re going to look at five of the top players available, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what they’re worth on the..." February 07

  • Trade Bait: the first domino has fallen; who will be the next goalie moved?

    The Hockey News "As the NHL continues to evolve, the need for a competent backup goaltender continues to increase. The days of having your star goalie play 70 games a year while having an inexpensive backup fill in a few times a year are over – sorry, Scott Clemmensen and essentially everyone who backed..." February 07

  • Back from a bumpy trip, Blues find comfort at home

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As for that recent malaise that’s affecting the Blues, apparently they left it in Canada. Coming off a 1-3 trip — part of a 1-6-1 funk away from home dating to New Year’s Eve — the Blues returned to their winning ways at Enterprise Center in a big way. They..." February 06

  • Should the Blues bet the house on Chris Kreider?

    St. Louis Game Time "Doug Armstrong is in the market for a top-six player at the draft deadline. Every general manager is, but Armstrong has a Tarasenko-shaped hole that he might need to fill through the start of the playoffs, and a team that hasn’t played quality hockey since before the All-Star..." February 05

  • Blues hoping home ice cures what ails them

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Perhaps more than any professional team sport, there’s a fine line between winning and losing in hockey. The puck takes strange bounces, a shot clangs off the post, you run into a hot goalie. “It’s real fine,” Blues coach Craig Berube said after..." February 04

  • Chris Kreider atop 8 teams' trade wish lists

    The Score "Chris Kreider is in high demand. Eight teams have informed the New York Rangers they have the winger at the top of their respective wish lists ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Rangers are reportedly..." February 04