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  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Jake Allen gets in some work at Blues practice

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Goalie Jake Allen took a step towards returning from back spasms Tuesday, skating with the squad during the Blues' morning skate and then taking some shots near the end of practice. "It felt..." September 18

  • Blues' Barbashev facing 'a very important camp'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Ivan Barbashev has no good explanation for it and doesn’t even want to venture a guess. Throughout the 2017-18 season, his second in the NHL, he was constantly nervous. “For some reason,” he said, “I was really, really nervous. Before every single..." September 17

  • Blues netminder Jake Allen may return ahead of schedule

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Goalie Jake Allen, who has missed the start of Blues training camp with back spasms, said Saturday morning he's feeling better and could be back on the ice ahead of schedule. "It's progressed way better than when it first happened," he said. "It's a lot..." September 16

  • Blues Place Dmitri Sergeev On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Blues have placed defenseman Dmitri Sergeev on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link).  Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic adds (via Twitter) that head coach Mike Yeo indicated that Sergeev did not..." September 15

  • Jake Allen, Others To Miss Start Of St. Louis Training Camp

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have some lofty expectations this season after a strong summer spending spree, but much of those hopes come down to goaltender Jake Allen. The team lost backup Carter Hutton to Buffalo in free agency and signed Chad Johnson in his wake, leaving Allen as the clear starter for..." September 12

  • Defenseman Schmaltz signs two-year deal with Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Just in time for the start of camp Friday, the Blues have signed defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to a two-year contract. Schmaltz had been one of just nine unsigned restricted free agents throughout the National Hockey League prior to Wednesday's contract agreement. Schmaltz's..." September 12

  • Bouwmeester 'feeling more normal,' eager to compete for his job with Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The words slip, totally unsolicited, into Jay Bouwmeester’s conversation. He’s a soon-to-be-35-year-old defenseman (his birthday is Sept. 28) who after years of never missing a game is getting back into action with a surgically repaired hip that brought an early end to what he..." September 10

  • Tarasenko hopes to be ready for Blues training camp after surgery "Vladimir Tarasenko said he feels good after offseason shoulder surgery, and the St. Louis Blues forward hopes to be ready for the opening of training camp Thursday. The 26-year-old was injured in a collision with Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog in the regular-season..." September 08

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Fabbri on the comeback trail with Blues after rehab that included ... ballet?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Blues inch ever closer to the start of camp, Robby Fabbri is a huge wild card. Derailed by knee injuries in each of the past two seasons, it would be shortsighted — perhaps even foolish — for the Blues to simply assume that the young forward will return to..." September 06

  • O'Reilly 'absolutely' thinks Eichel is ready to be Sabres' captain

    The Score "If Jack Eichel thinks he deserves to be the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, he has one former teammate in his corner. Ryan O'Reilly, who spent the last three seasons in Western New York alongside Eichel before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues this summer, responded..." August 28

  • Blues part ways with Martin Brodeur, promote Bill Armstrong

    Yardbarker "After a report surfaced recently that Martin Brodeur would be leaving the St. Louis Blues organization, many wondered who would be taking over his role as Assistant General Manager. The team announced today that Bill Armstrong has been promoted from his former position as..." August 28

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Edmonton Oilers bring in Scottie Upshall on PTO

    Edmonton Journal "This in from the Edmonton Oilers: “The Oilers have signed Scottie Upshall to a PTO contract. The forward & Fort McMurray native has played 759 @NHL regular season games & has spent the last three years in St. Louis, tallying 7G, 12A over 63 games in 2017-18.” " August 19

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Vladimir Tarasenko cleared to skate after shoulder surgery

    Yardbarker "When St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko separated his left shoulder on the final game of the season last year, he underwent surgery the following day and was expected to be out four to six months, which theoretically coincided with the start of the regular season if he needed the..." August 12

  • Blues’ Tarasenko resumes skating following shoulder surgery

    Sportsnet "Vladimir Tarasenko is back on the ice a little earlier than expected in his recovery from shoulder surgery. The Russian forward told on Monday that he has been cleared by team doctors to skate with limited contact, has been shooting plenty of pucks, and..." August 08

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Tarasenko skates with Blues for first time since shoulder surgery "Vladimir Tarasenko skated with the St. Louis Blues on Monday for the first time since he had shoulder surgery in April and is on track to return for training camp in September. The 26-year-old forward was injured April 7 in a collision with Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel..." August 06

  • Edmundson: Blues are top-5 team following offseason makeover

    The Score "Joel Edmundson likes what he sees. The St. Louis Blues defenseman, fresh off a one-year, $3-million extension, is so impressed by general manager Doug Armstrong's summer shake-up that he's confident the club will be one of the league's best in the coming..." August 01

  • Arizona Coyotes Discussed Ryan O’Reilly With Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In an almost unprecedented example of behind the scenes access, the Arizona Coyotes have released a 16-minute video that follows GM John Chayka as he prepared for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The feature shows clips from scouting discussions and prospect interviews, eventually concluding with the..." August 01

  • Blues sign Joel Edmundson to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RFA defenceman Joel Edmundson, avoiding arbitration. The team announced the contract, worth $3 million for 2018-19, on Tuesday. Edmundson, 25, was among the Blues’ top-four rearguards. He..." July 24

  • Blues captain Pietrangelo becomes father of triplets

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues announced on their Twitter feed over the weekend that captain Alex Pietrangelo and his wife, Jayne, had become parents of triplets: Evelyn, Oliver and Theodore.  " July 23

  • Pietrangelo becomes father of triplets "Call it an offseason hat trick for Alex Pietrangelo. The St. Louis Blues defenseman's wife, Jayne, has given birth to triplets. Pietrangelo shared the news via Instagram on Saturday. It included a picture of him holding the three children in what appears to be the..." July 22

  • Blues should have room for Joel Edmundson's deal

    Yardbarker "Although he has yet to sign his new contract, the Blues shouldn’t have to move anyone once defenseman Joel Edmundson puts pen to paper on a new contract, suggests Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Given GM Doug Armstrong’s comments following the season that suggested..." July 21

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Maroon excited to play for hometown Blues: 'I've dreamed of putting that jersey on'

    The Score "Sports fans grow up dreaming of playing for their hometown team, and for Patrick Maroon, that dream is now a reality. Maroon grew up in Oakville, Mo. - about 20 mins from St. Louis - and signed a one-year, $1.75-million contract with the Blues on Tuesday. "I'm..." July 11

  • Blues sign first-round pick Dominik Bokk

    Yardbarker "The St. Louis Blues have been one of the busiest teams in the league recently, and today they completed a little more offseason work. Dominik Bokk, the team’s first-round selection from the June draft, has signed his three-year entry-level contract. The contract will almost certainly..." July 11

  • New Jersey Devils Pursued Patrick Maroon, James Van Riemsdyk

    Pro Football Rumors "The New Jersey Devils have signed just one forward—Kurtis Gabriel—in free agency, but it hasn’t been for lack of trying. GM Ray Shero spoke to media today including radio play-by-play announcer Matt Loughlin and admitted that the team had pursued James van Riemsdyk and Patrick..." July 11

  • Blues sign forward Maroon to 1-year deal

    TSN "The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Patrick Maroon to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million, the team announced Tuesday. "We're excited to add Pat Maroon to our group," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a news release. "Things picked up over..." July 10

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • How Blues GM Doug Armstrong won the summer

    ESPN "On trade deadline day during the 2017-18 season, St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made the bold decision to trade center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets because, in his mind, the Blues weren't a true championship contender at that point. So this summer, they got..." July 09

  • Blues expected to sign Patrick Maroon

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues continue to stock up at the forward position. According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, unrestricted free agent Patrick Maroon and the Blues are expected to reach an agreement on a contract. No word yet on terms. In the 2017-18 season, Maroon split..." July 08

  • St. Louis Blues Sign Dmitrij Jaskin To One-Year Deal

    Hockey Fights "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin to a one-year, one-way, contract worth $1.1 million. Jaskin, 25, was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round, 41st overall,..." July 07

  • Blues Interested In Patrick Maroon

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even though the Blues have been big spenders this summer, they are making a push to sign UFA winger Patrick Maroon, reports Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic (Twitter link).  However, Maroon’s camp is staying patient and there doesn’t appear to be any particular rush to..." July 06

  • Edmundson among 3 Blues to file for arbitration

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The fact that Joel Edmundson filed for salary arbitration Thursday wasn’t surprising. No, the surprise came when teammates Dmitrij Jaskin and Oskar Sundqvist joined Edmundson in filing for arbitration as restricted free agents before Thursday afternoon’s deadline. But..." July 06

  • Blues 'better team' after offseason acquisitions, Pietrangelo says "Alex Pietrangelo likes how the St. Louis Blues look after the acquisitions of centers Ryan O'Reilly and Tyler Bozak, forward David Perron and goalie Chad Johnson on July 1. "We are a better team," Pietrangelo said Tuesday. The 28-year-old defenseman and..." July 05

  • St. Louis Blues Sign Jordan Nolan

    Last Word On Hockey "The St. Louis Blues signed free agent forward Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Nolan spent last season with the Buffalo Sabres. Over his seven-year NHL career, Nolan has played primarily for the Los..." July 05

  • Blues' Fabbri gets medical clearance after losing season to ACL injury

    The Score "After taking all of last season to rehab an ACL injury, St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri has finally received medical clearance, the team announced Tuesday. "He's doing very well," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "He is up in Toronto..." July 03

  • Blues Re-Sign Robby Fabbri And Mackenzie MacEachern

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues remain a busy team this off-season, today inking two restricted free agents to new contract extensions. The team announced a one-year, two-way deal with forward Mackenzie MacEachern and soon after announced a second contract, a one-year, one-way deal for..." July 03

  • Bozak pens emotional letter: ‘Being a Maple Leaf is all I’ve ever known’

    Sportsnet "Tyler Bozak was with the Toronto Maple Leafs for his entire nine-year career. Think about all the change the organization has gone through in that time, and it’s stunning. The centre was there for the infamous Game 7 collapse agains the Boston Bruins in 2013. He was present..." July 03

  • O'Reilly stands by end-of-season comments about losing love of game

    The Score "Ryan O'Reilly has no regrets about how his end-of-season locker room clean out interview went. After another losing season with the Buffalo Sabres, O'Reilly said the following when asked if the team was mentally strong enough, according to The Athletic's Joe..." July 02

  • Blues Add Defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues are getting some extra help in their own zone. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the team has signed defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract. Wotherspoon is set to make $700K at the NHL level, with $400K guaranteed. " July 01

  • Ryan O’Reilly Traded To St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues added some forward depth today by signing Tyler Bozak and David Perron, but weren’t done making a splash. The team has acquired Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly according to Pierre LeBrun and Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. The Sabres will acquire a 2019..." July 01

  • Blues' Tyler Bozak: Finds new deal in Western Conference

    CBS Sports "Bozak will sign a three-year contract with the Blues worth $5 million AAV, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The Blues biggest need in free agency was a top-six center. While teams continued to wait on the John Tavares decision, they were able to nab their man. " July 01

  • Chad Johnson Signs With St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues already lost Carter Hutton on the open market, and have now found their replacement goaltender. Chad Johnson—formerly of the Buffalo Sabres, where Hutton ended up—has signed a one-year $1.75MM contract with the Blues. " July 01

  • Perron appears headed back to Blues

    TSN "Forward David Perron appears to be heading back to the St. Louis Blues, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. Last season, Perron scored 16 goals and added 50 assists in his first season with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Perron was selected by the NHL’s newest..." July 01

  • Sabres expected to sign free-agent goalie Carter Hutton

    ESPN "St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton is expected to sign with the Buffalo Sabres once the NHL's free-agency period opens Sunday, according to multiple reports. The two sides are close to having the framework of a deal in place after Hutton visited Buffalo this week, according to..." June 30