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  • Blues fire head coach Mike Yeo after third shutout loss in four games

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Mike Yeo is out as Blues coach. Not long after the Blues were shut out for the third time in four games, general manager Doug Armstrong decided it was time to make a coaching change. The team relieved Yeo of his duties following a 2-0 loss Monday to the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Blues' Allen: We've hit rock bottom

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "This is Jake Allen’s sixth season with the Blues, so he’s seen a lot. “Unfortunately, we’re at the bottom here,” he said. Monday. “Rock bottom probably basically for us in the last ... ever since I’ve been here. We’ve got to dig deep to..." November 06

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Blues hope returning Fabbri can finally get some health luck

    Pro Hockey Talk "As a smaller scorer, Robby Fabbri was already a hockey player who was easy to root for. His terrible injury luck makes it a no-brainer, really, so his latest attempt to get on track with the St. Louis Blues is absolutely worth watching. After word surfaced that the shifty..." November 01

  • Blues re-assign Ville Husso to San Antonio Rampage

    St. Louis Game Time "Saturday night in the second period of the Blues 7-3 victory over the Blackhawks, Zach Sanfordwent careening into Jake Allen and this happened. Allen was injured and left the game; Chad Johnson came in as relief to stop all five shots that he..." November 01

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • St. Louis Blues Place Jakub Jerabek On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have placed Jakub Jerabek on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Jerabek has played just a single game for the Blues, after coming over from the Edmonton Oilers just before the season started. If claimed, Jerabek could be joining..." October 30

  • Jordan Kyrou Assigned To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The experiment is over for now, as the St. Louis Blues have assigned Jordan Kyrou to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Kyrou registered one point in his nine-game stint, but will now head to the minor leagues to open up some room on the roster for Robby Fabbri, Nikita Soshnikov and Carl..." October 29

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership

    NHL.com "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Blues recall Husso from San Antonio to replace injured Allen in goal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The San Antonio shuffle was busy Monday for the Blues. Goalie Ville Husso, defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and forwards Robby Fabbri and Nikita Soshnikov all have been recalled from the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate. Gunnarsson, Fabbri and Soshnikov have been recalled from..." October 29

  • Blues' Allen leaves game with apparent injury after collision with teammate

    Sporting News "The St. Louis Blues may be without their starting goaltender for a while. Jake Allen left Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks late in the second period after a collision with teammate Zach Sanford. Allen, who had stoned Brandon Saad on the play with his right..." October 28

  • Blues' Yeo: 'My job should be in question right now'

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues let another one get away from them Thursday night. After taking an early 2-0 lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club surrendered four straight goals en route to a 7-4 drubbing. It marked the second straight game in which the Blues coughed up a two-goal..." October 26

  • Jay Bouwmeester is the anchor that may ruin the Blues’ season

    St. Louis Game Time "Jay Bouwmeester may ruin this season for St. Louis Blues fans. No, this isn’t dramatic hyperbole designed to garner retweets, widespread acclaim, and attention; it’s just the painful truth. An opinion disguised as a hot take. It’s not many times that a defenseman..." October 25

  • Robert Bortuzzo Placed On Injured Reserve By St. Louis Blues

    Last Word On Hockey "During the St. Louis Blues latest three-game road trip, Robert Bortuzzo was sent home early with a lower-body injury. The injury has plagued him since training camp. Throughout the first eight games of the season, Bortuzzo has missed three. He will now miss the next two..." October 25

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Marner credits Bozak for helping him grow as a player

    TSN "Before third-year pro Mitch Marner evolved into an integral piece of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ offence, he was an 19-year-old rookie just finding his way. Tyler Bozak helped him to do it. When Marner arrived with the Leafs before the 2016-17 season, Bozak was one of the..." October 20

  • Struggling Blues to scratch Bouwmeester vs. Leafs

    The Score "Jay Bouwmeester will watch this one from the press box. The St. Louis Blues defenseman will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coach Mike Yeo confirmed to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "It's a very, very difficult..." October 20

  • St. Louis Assigns Nikita Soshnikov To AHL For Conditioning Stint

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have activated forward Nikita Soshnikov from LTIR and have announced they have loaned him to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for a five-game LTI conditioning stint. Soshnikov, who suffered a concussion in the preseason after taking a puck to the ear, will try to..." October 20

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Jake Allen needs to be better, but so do the Blues

    Pro Hockey Talk "There are few scenarios where Jake Allen‘s start to the 2018-19 NHL season could have gone much worse. Allen has been slaughtered through two games, allowing 10 goals on 55 shots for a .818 save percentage and a whopping 4.91 goals-against average. Those aren’t NHL..." October 07

  • Dmitrij Jaskin requested trade, but Armstrong found no takers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "There was much more to Monday’s release of forward Dmitrij Jaskin than just his play this preseason for the Blues. “At the end of last year, Dmitrij asked if it was possible for a trade,” general manager Armstrong said. “He felt his career was stagnating. And I..." October 05

  • The Capitals claimed Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "With Tom Wilson potentially out for a minimum of six games, the Capitals have been looking for players to fill out the rest of their forward lineup. Brett Connolly was bumped up to the top line and Nathan Walker slotted in on the fourth line. But Capitals management had other plans,..." October 02

  • Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou Make St. Louis Opening Night Roster

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have been one of the most interesting teams to follow this offseason, given the huge overhaul they performed on their forward group. Out are names like Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson, while the team has brought in veteran names like Tyler Bozak, David..." October 02

  • Edmonton Oilers Trade Jakub Jerabek To St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have acquired depth defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional 2020 sixth round draft selection. Jerabek was recently cut from the Oilers roster but was awaiting an assignment, something he’ll now have to get from his..." October 01

  • Blues' Robert Bortuzzo Suspended for Rest of Preseason and One Regular Season Game

    Hockey Fights "St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and one regular season game, without pay, for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny during NHL Preseason Game No. 73 in St. Louis on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the National Hockey..." September 27

  • Robert Bortuzzo To Face Player Safety Hearing

    Pro Hockey Rumors "St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is in trouble again. The big blue liner has earned a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an elbow to the head of Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny in last night’s preseason contest, the league..." September 26

  • 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

    NHL.com "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 stlouisblues.com 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

    NHL.com "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