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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1. | 10/19/2014 10:17 AM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1.
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Schwartz scored a power-play goal about halfway through the second period, an even-strength goal in the first minute of the third period and then another power-play goal with seconds remaining. Schwartz had four points in the game and now has seven on the season.
Blues center Paul Stastny suffered an upper body injury and will not return on Saturday according to the team's twitter. | 10/18/2014 10:49 PM
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Blues center Paul Stastny suffered an upper body injury and will not return on Saturday according to the team's twitter.
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Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has a goal and three assists this season.
Blues goalie Jake Allen will get his first start of the season against Arizona on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 1:58 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen will get his first start of the season against Arizona on Saturday night.
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This is just a start to keep Allen fresh. Goalie Brian Elliot is in no danger of losing his starting gig.
Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak left Tuesday's game against the Avalanche after blocking a shot with his arm. | 10/14/2014 8:10 PM
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Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak left Tuesday's game against the Avalanche after blocking a shot with his arm.
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There is no further update on how serious the injury is. Polak was definitely in pain as he skated off the ice. Check back for more updates.
St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk posted three assists on Saturday night, his first points of the season. | 10/12/2014 12:23 AM
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St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk posted three assists on Saturday night, his first points of the season.
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Shattenkirk had a career-high 45 points in 81 games last season, so we certainly hope this is just the start after being shut out in the opener.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott (33 saves) made 23 saves on 24 shots Saturday after a rare poor performance Thursday. | 10/12/2014 12:21 AM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott (33 saves) made 23 saves on 24 shots Saturday after a rare poor performance Thursday.
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We have come to expect a lot from Elliott after the past three successful seasons and we're glad to have him playing well after the opener.
Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz had two points on Thursday against the Rangers. | 10/09/2014 10:51 PM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz had two points on Thursday against the Rangers.
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After scoring 25 goals last season, Schwartz scored his first in the opener. He also added an assist, had two penalty minutes, but also a -1 rating on the night.
Blues winger Dmitrij Jaskin will open up the season on the second line. | 10/04/2014 10:41 AM
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Blues winger Dmitrij Jaskin will open up the season on the second line.
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Impact
This will be his first full season with St. Louis, as he has played in 20 games throughout his young career. Keep an eye on the rookie, but for now Jaskin is not fantasy-relevant.
Blues center Paul Stastny will look to make a good mpression during his first year in St. Louis. | 10/04/2014 10:38 AM
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Blues center Paul Stastny will look to make a good mpression during his first year in St. Louis.
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He is coming off a year where he produced 25 goals and 35 assists. Stastny will center the Blues' second line, and should be able to produce similar numbers. Owners should draft him starting in the middle-to-late rounds.
Blues center David Backes should produce around 50-60 points in 2014-15. | 10/04/2014 10:35 AM
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Blues center David Backes should produce around 50-60 points in 2014-15.
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He had 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 74 games last season, along with a +14 rating and 119 penalty minutes. Backes should be scooped up starting in the fourth or fifth round.
Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz could be in line for a breakout season. | 10/04/2014 10:34 AM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz could be in line for a breakout season.
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He had a career-high 56 points a year ago, with a +28 rating. Schwartz is definitely a sleeper, that should be targeted towards the end of drafts.
St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie is coming off a career-year. | 10/04/2014 10:31 AM
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St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie is coming off a career-year.
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He had 21 goals, 39 assists, and a +19 rating. The USA Olympian should be pushing the 70-point mark in 2014-15, and should be drafted beginning in the sixth or seventh round.
Blues center David Backes should produce around 50-60 points in 2014-15. | 10/04/2014 10:27 AM
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Blues center David Backes should produce around 50-60 points in 2014-15.
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He had 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 74 games last season, along with a +14 rating and 119 penalty minutes. Backes may go undrafted in your pools, but keep an eye on him, as he could be a valuable asset during the year.
Blues winger Alexander Steen is coming off the best season of his career. | 10/04/2014 10:24 AM
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Blues winger Alexander Steen is coming off the best season of his career.
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He had 33 goals and 29 assists, to go along with a +17 rating. Steen did that in 68 games, so will have a great opportunity to improve upon those numbers. Target him beginning in the sixth round.
Blues retain Vladimir Sobotka's NHL rights | 07/21/2014 10:28 AM
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Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.
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Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration date looms | 07/21/2014 9:57 AM
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Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for Monday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Sobotka has already signed a contract to play with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, so he won't be with St. Louis in 2014-15 regardless of what the ruling is. However, the Blues are going forward with arbitration anyways because they want to retain his NHL rights. If Sobotka decides to return to North America later, then he must honor his arbitrated awarded contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Chris Butler joins the St. Louis Blues | 07/16/2014 6:33 PM
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Chris Butler has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.
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Butler had 16 points and a minus-23 rating in 82 games with the Calgary Flames last season. He also ranked second in the NHL with 211 blocked shots. The Blues defense for the start of the season already looks pretty much set, but there's a small chance that Butler will be able to beat out Ian Cole for the final roster spot.
Benn Ferriero joins Blues' organization | 07/16/2014 12:58 PM
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The St. Louis Blues have signed Benn Ferriero to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Ferriero had 19 goals and 20 assists in 54 AHL games last season. He's an organizational depth forward.
Steve Ott is happy to re-sign with Blues | 07/14/2014 9:54 AM
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Steve Ott said he was committed to re-signing with St. Louis.
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"I wanted to go to St. Louis," Ott said. "That was my No. 1 spot. I told my agent, 'Listen, let's make this work any which way we can.' My heart was already locked up with St. Louis. I'm happy that my family and myself, we're where we wanted to be. That was my No. 1 thing, to be a Blue again." Ott joined the Blues as part of the Ryan Miller trade. He had three assists and 37 penalty minutes in 23 games with them last season.
Vladimir Sobotka's agent confirms KHL signing | 07/11/2014 1:57 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka's agent has confirmed that his client signed a contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Sobotka's deal comes with a summer out-clause, so he'll be able to void it after the 2014-15 campaign if he chooses to do so. His new deal is believed to be worth over $4 million annually, while the Blues had offered him a two-year, $6 million deal. The Blues will still take Sobotka to arbitration so that they can retain his NHL rights.
Armstrong can't confirm Sobotka left for KHL | 07/10/2014 12:40 PM
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St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong can't confirm that Vladimir Sobotka has signed a KHL deal, but he wants to stay on good terms with Sobotka regardless of what happens.
Pro Hockey Talk

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Armstrong emphasized that he respects Sobotka's "business decision." At this point, Armstrong plans to go forward with the arbitration hearing already scheduled for July 21 in the hopes that Sobotka will still report to training camp. If he doesn't, then the Blues will toll his contract so that they will control his NHL rights when/if Sobotka does return.
Report: Vladimir Sobotka signs with KHL club | 07/10/2014 11:48 AM
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Vladimir Sobotka has reportedly signed a three-year contract with the KHL's Omsk.
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Impact
Sobotka is set to earn $4 million annually and has the flexibility of returning to the NHL after any season. Sobotka was a restricted free agent and the St. Louis Blues filed for arbitration. However, Blues GM Doug Armstrong also said that he offered Sobotka contracts ranging from one to five years, including a three-year deal that would pay him more than $3 million annually.
Steve Ott signs two-year deal with St. Louis | 07/10/2014 10:44 AM
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Steve Ott has agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.
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Impact
The Blues acquired Ott from the Buffalo Sabres as part of the Ryan Miller trade. He's known primarily for his gritty play, but he does chip in offensively. He had 23 points and 92 penalty minutes in 82 games in 2013-14.
Vladimir Sobotka has arbitration date set | 07/09/2014 5:03 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing date has been set for July 21.
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Sobotka got one of the earliest arbitration dates available. The team filed for arbitration following the completion of his three-year, $3.9 million deal.
St. Louis signs Pat Cannone | 07/08/2014 6:56 PM
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Pat Cannone has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.
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Cannone had 16 goals and 34 points in 59 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth forward.
Sebastian Wannstrom signs two-way deal | 07/08/2014 1:13 PM
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Sebastian Wannstrom has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.
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Wannstrom can earn $600,000 if he spends the entire season in the NHL. We don't think that will happen though. He had 10 points and 20 penalty minutes in 37 AHL games in 2013-14.
Ken Hitchcock not relying solely on P.Stastny | 07/06/2014 1:34 PM
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St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock likes to remind people the team added more than just Paul Stastny over the summer.
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Speaking about the Blues' offseason acquisitions, Hitchcock was quick to compliment the other new members of the team, saying "...it was a combination of (Joakim) Lindstrom, (Jori) Lehtera and Paul. These are three point-producing players who really enhance our hockey club. All three are capable of playing top-six roles. Paul is a real good fit for us with the way he plays and the way we play. Lehtera is a real good fit, and we feel like Lindstrom has really improved his game. He has a number of good friends on the hockey club and he's going to be given a real chance to play in the top nine and see where it goes." It's hard to envision Lindstrom or Lehtera taking on a significant role of the power play for St. Louis, but both could have value in deeper formats.
Vladimir Sobotka not among arbitration crowd | 07/05/2014 6:21 PM
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Restricted free agent Vladimir Sobotka and the St. Louis Blues will continue to negotiate on a new contract.
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Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described talks between the two sides as "cordial" so far. Sobotka chose not to file for arbitration, so there's a chance that something could be worked out shortly. His last deal was a three-year pact worth $3.9 million.
Rumour that Derek Roy close to signing | 07/05/2014 11:40 AM
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There is speculation that Derek Roy will soon sign a contract with an NHL team.
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That's not saying much. Apparently there is one team in the east and one in the west that are interested in Roy's services. Roy was terrible in 2013-14 with only 37 points in 75 games, far below his .77 points per game career production. Depending where he lands and the role he is given, Roy is a comeback candidate in 2014-15.
John McCarthy, Blues agree on a two-way deal | 07/04/2014 12:35 PM
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John McCarthy has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.
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McCarthy will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had a goal and an assist in 36 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14.
Steve Ott may not be a possibility in Buffalo | 07/03/2014 9:39 AM
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It was speculated prior to the start of free agency that Steve Ott might circle back to the Buffalo Sabres, but that appears to be far less likely now.
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The Sabres have been busy during the free agent period thus far, while adding Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros. "I don't know if he's a possibility," said GM Tim Murray. "I certainly reflected on what we did and was very happy with what we did." Ott is still out there as an unrestricted free agent.
St. Louis adds another Stastny, as Paul signs | 07/02/2014 10:55 AM
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Paul Stastny will be the third member of his family to play for the St. Louis Blues.
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His father, Peter, finished his Hall of Fame career with the Blues in 1994-95 and his older brother, Yan, was in the organization from 2006-2010. "As my family, you always have insight," Paul said. "I was all ears during this process, I always listen to what they have to say. In the end it's my decision and (but) I think they're both excited. Family still lives in St. Louis. They think it's a good decision." GM Doug Armstrong thinks Stastny could work on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen. St. Louis will have some line tinkering to do at training camp.
Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the St. Louis Blues. | 07/01/2014 8:18 PM
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Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.
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The 28-year-old Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games last season and has produced at least 53 points in a season six times, but the Avalanche didn't have to re-sign him with so many young and talented centers in the fold. Whether he centers the top line or skates on the second line, Stastny is going to be playing with some skilled teammates as the Blues have one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
Jori Lehtera's deal is worth $5.5 million | 07/01/2014 4:13 PM
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Jori Lehtera's recently signed contract with St. Louis is worth $5.5 million over two years.
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Impact
Lehtera has 12 goals and 32 assists in 48 KHL games in 2013-14. The 26-year-old forward has never played professional hockey in North America outside of a seven-game AHL stint in 2008-09, so he's a significant risk going into 2014-15. That being said, the Blues have suggested that he might play alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, so it looks like he'll be given every opportunity to establish himself in the NHL.
Lehtera signs with Blues for 2014-15 | 07/01/2014 12:22 PM
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Jori Lehtera has signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues.
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No terms were disclosed. Lehtera was the Blues' third-round pick in 2008 but played in the KHL the last few years. Last season he scored 12 goals and registered 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk. Lehtera could be a sleeper so watch what his role will be in training camp.
Ryan Miller visiting Vancouver | 06/30/2014 8:49 AM
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Ryan Miller is in Vancouver and is expected to talk to GM Jim Benning.
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The unrestricted free agent was signed by Benning in Buffalo as Benning insisted on taking him in the fifth round of the 1999 Draft. Miller was dealt this season from Buffalo to St. Louis but the Blues allowed him to walk as they decided to go with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen between the pipes. Miller was 25-29-4 this season with a 2.64 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Gunnarsson will serve as a top-four blueliner | 06/29/2014 11:05 AM
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The St. Louis Blues think that a left-handed defenseman like Carl Gunnarsson will be a good fit for them.
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Gunnarsson figures to play on one of the Blues' top-two defensive pairings. The most likely scenario is that he'll play alongside Kevin Shattenkirk, but obviously that's subject to change. Unfortunately, Gunnarsson doesn't have the offensive upside necessary to make him a factor in standard fantasy leagues.
Fabbri models game after Canes' Skinner | 06/28/2014 1:28 PM
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Robby Fabbri, the Blues' first round pick in the 2104 entry draft, could be a Jeff Skinner-like player.
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In fact, the 18-year-old models his game after the Hurricanes young star. Of Skinner, Fabbri had the following to say: "He's not the biggest guy on the ice, but he competes every shift. He doesn't shy away from the dirty areas and he's got the scoring touch at the next level that I want to have." If Fabrri turns into a Skinner clone the Blues have a steal in the 21st slot.
Blues acquire Gunnarsson for Polak | 06/28/2014 11:36 AM
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The St. Louis Blues have acquired Carl Gunnarsson and the 94th pick in this year's entry draft for Roman Polak.
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Impact
The Blues take a little salary cap hit to get a younger defenseman and a fourth-round pick. Not a bad swap. Gunnarsson's fantasy fortunes will change little in St. Louis. He is still not worth drafting in hockey pools.
Blues take Ivan Barbashev with No. 33 pick | 06/28/2014 10:22 AM
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Ivan Barbashev has been chosen with the 33rd overall pick in the NHL draft.
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The St. Louis Blues made the selection with the pick they acquired from Edmonton in the David Perron deal. Barbashev is a quick, versatile leader who plays with guts and energizes his team with offensive skill and great vision. The six-foot, 181-pound Russian is a playmaking winger who protects the puck well and can pitch in both physically and defensively. In his second season in the QMJHL, Barbashev lit up the league with 25 goals and 68 points in just 48 games, and pitched in 10 points in six playoff games. Barbashev's exceptional work ethic and ability to generate offense have him on pace to be a serviceable NHL player in whichever role he is called upon.
St. Louis takes Robby Fabbri with 21st pick | 06/27/2014 9:20 PM
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Robby Fabbri has been taken by the St. Louis Blues with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Fabbri is a small player with a big heart. The 5'10", 170 pound center attacks relentlessly and consistently sparks the offense with his lightening speed and special hands. Fabbri often takes initiative on offense, as he plays hard and physical, willing to chase down loose pucks while using vision and creativity to produce goals. The reigning OHL playoffs MVP posted 115 points in 74 games during Guelph's championship run this season, while adding another six points in the Memorial Cup. Fabbri shot up draft boards this season and once he adds more muscle, he can be an energetic NHL center who stimulates the offense and heightens the pace of the game. He could develop into a top-six forward and although he still needs plenty of seasoning, the Blues can afford to take it slow with him.
Blues sign Patrik Berglund to a 3-year deal | 06/26/2014 6:02 PM
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St. Louis has signed Patrik Berglund to a three-year deal worth $11.1 million.
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His new contract will carry an average annual value of $3.7 million. The Blues have a lot of faith in Berglund and they will be looking for more from him next season. "I don't think Patrik was over the moon with his season," GM Doug Armstrong said recently. "Moving from centering to wing, he never really solidified his spot anywhere on our team. We need more from him and he probably needs more from us." He accounted for 14 goals and 32 points in 78 games last campaign. His name has surfaced in trade rumors of late, as St. Louis looks for a star second-line center.
Blues have a handful of lengthy road trips | 06/23/2014 9:48 AM
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St. Louis will play at least four straight games on the road five times in 2014-15.
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That includes a six-game road trip from March 15-24. On the other side of the equation, the Blues will have a seven-game homestand from Jan. 8-29. St. Louis opens the regular season against the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers on Oct. 9.
Carlo Colaiacovo also likely to hit FA market | 06/22/2014 2:24 PM
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Along with Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow, the St. Louis Blues aren't expected to re-sign Carlo Colaiacovo.
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Impact
The oft-injured defenseman showed fantasy potential earlier in his career, but at this point, he's probably just happy to have an NHL job. We'll see if that happens this summer.
Brenden Morrow seems headed for UFA market | 06/22/2014 10:15 AM
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Brenden Morrow's agent said there's nothing to report with regards to his negotiations with the St. Louis Blues.
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It looks like Morrow will test the unrestricted free agent market. Blues GM Doug Armstrong suggested that the team might be interest in Morrow after July 1 though.
Talks between Ott, Blues have 'gone quiet' | 06/22/2014 10:13 AM
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The St. Louis Blues would like to re-sign Steve Ott, but the negotiations have "gone quiet," according to GM Doug Armstrong.
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That meshes with a recent report from Craig Custance. The Blues acquired Ott from the Buffalo Sabres as part of the Ryan Miller deal. "He's a really good sort of jack of all trades," Armstrong said. "He can go up and down in your lineup. Obviously I don't think there's any more expanded growth in Steve Ott's game - he is what he is. We want to do fair contracts, but we don't want to be anybody's retirement package."
Steve Ott could end up back in Buffalo | 06/21/2014 6:13 PM
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There's nothing new to report on contract talks between Steve Ott and the St. Louis Blues.
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It looks like he'll be available as an unrestricted free agent in July and Craig Custance of ESPN believes Ott could end up back with the Buffalo Sabres. Ott was the captain of the team before he was traded to the Blues as part of the Ryan Miller deal.
Blues-Stars will play game in Kansas City | 06/20/2014 2:01 PM
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The St. Louis Blues will participate in a 2014 preseason game in Kansas City.
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The Dallas Stars will also take part in the Sept. 27 contest. In total, the Blues will participate in seven exhibition contests, including road matches against Columbus, Dallas, and Minnesota.
Extension poised to come Sobotka's way | 06/05/2014 5:37 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka sustained a neck injury during the World Hockey Championships while playing for the Czech Republic.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

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He was injured during the quarterfinal round, but was OK to play in the Czech's semifinal loss to Finland. Sobotka is still fine and his camp is working on a contract extension with the St. Louis Blues. A deal could be struck in the next few weeks for the pending restricted free agent.
Barret Jackman has wrist/elbow surgery | 06/04/2014 5:17 PM
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Barret Jackman has undergone wrist/elbow surgery.
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Jackman has 15 points and averaged 17:56 minutes per contest in 79 games in 2013-14. He should still be fine for training camp.
Familiarity may have led Lindstrom to STL | 05/29/2014 2:14 PM
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Newly-signed forward Joakim Lindstrom has some ties to the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He played under current Blues bench boss Ken Hitchcock in Columbus and he is friends with Alexander Steen. "So he's got some offensive ability," GM Doug Armstrong said. "I think we're a team that can provide him with an opportunity and he certainly adds to our skill and our depth. Again, I don't want to oversell, but it's a player that has some skill and we'll see how he can fit into our lineup." It's unclear if he'll be able to secure a roster spot on a very deep St. Louis team.
Joakim Lindstrom signs with St. Louis Blues | 05/28/2014 11:38 AM
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Joakim Lindstrom has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Lindstrom is returning to the NHL after two seasons in Sweden. He had 63 points and 72 penalty minutes in 55 games with Skelleftea AIK in 2013-14. The 30-year-old also has 15 goals and 33 points in 97 career NHL contests. "He's a player that's been to North America, gone back and really reinvented his game," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "He came over probably too young and went back (to Sweden). He wants to come back (to the NHL). I know there were a few teams that were trying to get him to come back to North America."
Blues select Jim Corsi as new goalie coach | 05/27/2014 11:10 AM
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The St. Louis Blues have hired Jim Corsi to take over as the team's goaltending coach.
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Corsi served as the Sabres' goaltending coach for 16 seasons. Interestingly enough, the Blues made the decision to hire Corsi after deciding not to re-sign goalie Ryan Miller, who Corsi had worked with for over a decade.
Blues aren't rushing to hire goalie coach | 05/25/2014 11:15 AM
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The St. Louis Blues are still weighing their options before hiring a new goaltending coach.
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"We'd certainly like to have everything coaching-wise wrapped up by the draft (June 27-28)," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. That being said, he emphasized that there isn't a rush to hire a new goalie coach, in part because there aren't a lot of other teams that are also looking for one. Nashville's Mitch Korn is believed to be a candidate, but the Blues might opt to promote developmental coach and former NHL goaltender Ty Conklin.
Vladimir Sobotka OK to play in semifinals | 05/24/2014 3:28 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka was OK to play in the semifinals of the World Hockey Championship on Saturday.
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His status was in doubt after he took a high hit from Team USA's Justin Abdelkader on Thursday in the Czech Republic's quarterfinal match. Sobotka logged 19:41 of the ice time in a 3-0 loss to Finland and he won 14 of 19 faceoffs.
Vladimir Sobotka hurt in WHC quarterfinals | 05/22/2014 6:07 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka was forced to leave Thursday's quarterfinal match against the United States after he was hit hard by Justin Abdelkader.
Dallas Morning News via The Associated Press

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Abdelkader appeared to make contact with Sobotka's head and he wasn't able to return. Czech Republic coach Vladimir Ruzicka didn't provide any details about the injury, but he is hoping that Sobotka will be available to play in semifinal round against Finland.
Roman Polak's shoulder injury not serious | 05/22/2014 1:12 PM
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Roman Polak's shoulder injury isn't serious, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"It's a 2-3 week injury, shoulder, nothing serious," Armstrong said. "He wanted and we needed him out of the World Championships, but we expect him to be fully operational and training by June 1." Polak was playing for the Czech Republic at the time of the injury.
Dmitrij Jaskin slated for NHL duty next year | 05/22/2014 1:09 PM
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Dmitrij Jaskin is projected to start the 2014-15 campaign with the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He generated 15 goals and 29 points in 42 games with AHL Chicago this past season. Jaskin is viewed as the team's most NHL-ready player in the minors and he skated in 18 games with the Blues in 2013-14.
Blues not rushing to hire a goalie coach | 05/22/2014 1:03 PM
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The Blues aren't in a hurry to bring in a new goaltender coach.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"We'd certainly like to have everything coaching-wise wrapped up by the draft (June 27-28)," GM Doug Armstrong said. "Getting [Kirk] Muller signed was the No. 1 priority. There's not the rush for the goalie coach. There doesn't seem to be that many teams that are in the same position as we are right now. We're working through it on a day to day basis, we're talking to people, we're interviewing people, but we're not in any rush to do something this week." Corey Hirsch was dismissed earlier this month and Mitch Korn, whose contract expires with Nashville in July, could be their preferred target.
Ryan Miller hopes to sign with Cup contender | 05/21/2014 6:47 PM
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Ryan Miller wants to sign with a serious Stanley Cup contender over the summer.
Pro Hockey Talk

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In other words, he's not going back to Buffalo. The Anaheim Ducks should be considered one of his more likely destinations, although the Vancouver Canucks are also a possibility. While the Canucks seem to be in a transitional phase right now, Miller does have a connection with Jim Benning, who is expected to take over as Vancouver's general manager. Benning has been credited with drafting Miller when he was the director of amateur scouting in Buffalo.
Elliott: I have a fair fight for starting job | 05/21/2014 11:31 AM
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Brian Elliott thinks he has a "fair fight" on his hands for the starting gig in St. Louis.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Elliott is expected to compete with Jake Allen after inking a three-year, $7.5 million contract. Allen is the guy the Blues want to see assume the job in the long-term, but Elliott probably has the inside track for the 2014-15 campaign, given his edge in experience. Elliott felt like the underdog in the battle against Jaroslav Halak and that was certainly the case during Ryan Miller's brief tenure, but Elliott thinks his new contract proves the Blues are willing to give him an opportunity to win the starting job. "I feel like I have been getting better my three years in St. Louis and I just want to continue that upward trend," Elliott said.
Don't count on Ryan Miller rejoining Buffalo | 05/21/2014 9:22 AM
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Although Ryan Miller will test the unrestricted free agent market, the Buffalo Sabres probably won't try to bring him back.
Buffalo News

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The Sabres are still firmly in a rebuild. Miller wouldn't be enough to help them make the playoffs in the short-term and might be well into his decline before the Sabres do assemble a team capable of competing. Miller has had some great seasons with Buffalo, but he's probably played in his last game with the team.
San Jose not a likely suitor for R.Miller | 05/20/2014 9:16 PM
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Despite the fact the Blues have decided against offering him a long-term contract, Ryan Miller is unlikely to end up with the Sharks next season.
San Jose Mercury News

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It's been speculated that Miller may wish to sign with a team on the West Coast when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, but San Jose GM Doug Wilson's offseason strategy seems unlikely to include a big ticket netminder, as he should be more focused on shoring up other areas of his roster.
Blues unlikely to trade Ryan Miller's rights | 05/20/2014 7:56 AM
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Ryan Miller probably won't be traded by St. Louis before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Buffalo News

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If the Blues were to deal Miller prior to the June 27 draft then the Buffalo Sabres would get their 2014 first rounder. Should Miller be traded after the Blues make their first-round choice and before free agency opens then the 2016 third-round pick becomes a 2016 second-round selection. The Blues decided to let Miller test the market as a free agent in July, so they re-signed Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. "We took a calculated gamble of bringing in Ryan, and we didn't have the success that we needed as an organization ... certainly not all reflective on Ryan," said GM Doug Armstrong. "It's a team game and as an organization we are responsible." Miller will be free to sign anywhere he's needed on July 1.
Ryan Miller is expected to test UFA market | 05/19/2014 5:17 PM
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It seems all but certain that Ryan Miller will not be playing for the St. Louis Blues in 2014-15.
Toronto Star

Impact
Brian Elliott's three-year, $7.5 million extension was a signal that the Blues have other plans. The Blues plan to have Elliott compete with Jake Allen for the starting gig. Miller will be a highly sought after free agent, even if his playoff run with the Blues lasted just one round.
Blues sign Brian Elliott to a three-year deal | 05/19/2014 11:10 AM
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Brian Elliott has agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

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It looks like after years of being a capable backup, the Blues are willing to give Elliott a chance to serve as the team's starting goaltender. He'll have to compete with Jake Allen for that job, but Elliott should have the inside track. Historically, Elliott has been an incredibly streaky goaltender and that can make him painful from a fantasy perspective. However, he still wouldn't be a bad pickup in the latter half of standard fantasy drafts, assuming the Blues don't alter their goaltending situation any further.
Jake Allen feels 'ready for that next step' | 05/19/2014 8:57 AM
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Jake Allen's tenure in the AHL came to an end when the Chicago Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs last week.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"I've worked hard and had some bumps and bruises, but I think I proved myself this year," said Allen, who has a one-way contract next season and is expected to stay with the Blues. "I know I'm ready for that next step. I know it's going to be a challenge. I'm really looking forward to (training camp in) September." Allen didn't have a good series against the Toronto Marlies in the second round of the AHL postseason, but his 33 wins, 2.03 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and seven shutouts in 52 games this past campaign led all netminders during the regular season. If the Blues retain Ryan Miller then Allen will back him up in 2014-15. If St. Louis re-signs Brian Elliott and Miller walks then Allen could end up competing for starts.
Brian Elliott doesn't know where he stands | 05/15/2014 2:20 PM
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Brian Elliott is still unsure what his future holds with the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and if the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller then there isn't a spot available for him on the roster. "Honestly, I don't know," Elliott said. "From the very beginning of the season, my agent said, 'Let's approach the end of the year like you're going to be a free agent, and if other things happen, that's fine.' So I wasn't hung up on the issue." St. Louis wants Jake Allen to play in the NHL next season, so he'll either serve as Miller's backup or possibly work in tandem with Elliott if Miller ends up going elsewhere.
Blues make Kirk Muller hiring official | 05/13/2014 12:17 PM
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The Blues have made the hiring of Kirk Muller official.
Blues.nhl.com

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"We are excited to add Kirk to our staff," said GM Doug Armstrong. "He was a Stanley Cup-winning player, and as a coach, has shown excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to both young and veteran players." He spent parts of the past three seasons as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes and he will work as an assistant in St. Louis.
Blues to add Kirk Muller to coaching staff | 05/13/2014 11:33 AM
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Kirk Muller is expected to join the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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A deal hasn't been finalized so the team hasn't made anything official yet, but Muller has reportedly agreed to join the team. He was fired as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes about a week ago.
Roman Polak out for WHC with shoulder injury | 05/10/2014 3:43 PM
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Roman Polak suffered a shoulder injury at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.
IIHFWorlds2014.com

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He will miss the remainder of the tournament after getting hurt in the second period of the Czech Republic's opener against Slovakia on Friday. He is scheduled to travel to the Czech Republic tomorrow.
Blues pick up option for coach Hitchcock | 05/08/2014 6:00 PM
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The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
Bellevue News-Democrat

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They also retained assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Ray Ben. Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not be back with the team next year. The Blues have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round for the last two seasons, but under Hitchcock has posted a 124-55-20 record for a franchise best .673 winning percentage.
Vladimir Tarasenko to miss World Championship | 05/03/2014 7:01 AM
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Vladimir Tarasenko will miss the World Championships to rehab an injured thumb.
Bellevue News-Democrat

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The 22-year-old Tarasenko had a good season with 21 goals and 43 points in 64 games and also potted four goals in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues think he has a chance to be a top-notch first line player and want him to be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season, rather than playing for Russia at the Worlds. "He played with a cast on his hand in the playoffs and now we need to get that 100 percent healthy," GM Doug Armstrong said. "In three weeks to a month he'll have full strength. It wasn't 100 percent when he played. We need him to become an impact player and he's certainly tracking that way." Expect big things next season as he could hit the 30-35 goal mark.
Jaden Schwartz hopes to continue improving | 05/01/2014 1:09 PM
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Jaden Schwartz hopes to become an integral piece of the St. Louis Blues' future.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"I want to be a big part of this team. I played pretty well this season," he said. "There's always things you can improve on and things I can learn. I was pretty happy with the way the the regular season went. As the season went on, I felt like my role got bigger and I kind of wanted to keep that momentum going into next year." The 21-year-old forward amassed 25 goals and 56 points in 80 games. He also added three points in six playoff matches. Schwartz has great offensive and defensive instincts and he should continue to develop his game next year.
Playoffs shortcomings hit Blues hard | 04/30/2014 5:54 PM
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Coming up short in the 2014 playoffs hit Kevin Shattenkirk harder than the Blues' 2013 defeat.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"Not that we made excuses last year, but we took steps last year I think and this year we took steps backwards," Shattenkirk said. "For guys like us to be in that same position, if we're going to learn from it, we're going to have to change and do something about it ... win two more games and win the series, close the series out and we didn't do it. It's disappointing and it falls on our shoulders." St. Louis has now lost in the first round in back-to-back years despite their talent. The good news is that the Blues are young enough that their window of opportunity to serious compete for the Stanley Cup isn't fading yet.
St. Louis demotes Adam Cracknell | 04/30/2014 4:19 PM
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Adam Cracknell has been sent to AHL Chicago.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Cracknell will help with the Wolves' playoff run now that St. Louis has been eliminated. He had two points in 19 games with St. Louis this season.
Hitchock: Blues need a 'killer instinct' | 04/30/2014 10:01 AM
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Coach Ken Hitchcock wants to see the Blues develop a "killer instinct" in the playoffs.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"To me, it's ... when you've got your foot on the throat - step," Hitchcock said. "That's what we've got to do. I don't know any other way to describe it. The end result is you've got to go further, further in every aspect of your game, further on checking, further on special teams, further on scoring. ... And it's hard to do, but you've got to do it." St. Louis won the first two games against Chicago before losing the next four in a first-round postseason exit. The same thing happened last year versus Los Angeles.
Jake Allen will play with St. Louis in 14-15 | 04/29/2014 1:02 PM
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Blues GM Doug Armstrong said Jake Allen will play in St. Louis next season.
John Kelly on Twitter

Impact
Allen is expected to start the season as the Blues' backup goaltender. The question is who the starter will be. Despite his solid, but less than ideal performance in the playoffs, the Blues are likely to attempt to re-sign Ryan Miller. Brian Elliott's tenure might be over with the Blues though as he was unable to establish himself as the team's starter despite some strong numbers as the number two guy.
Blues waive Adam Cracknell | 04/29/2014 12:51 PM
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Adam Cracknell has been placed on waivers by the St. Louis Blues.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

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Cracknell had two assists in 19 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Steve Ott unsure about his future in STL | 04/29/2014 7:20 AM
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Steve Ott's tenure with the St. Louis Blues could be at an end.
Buffalo News

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"I don't know what my situation is. It's way too early to even think about that," he said. "I don't want to think about that. I'm still thinking I'm running for a Cup right now." He was acquired from Buffalo as part of the Ryan Miller deal and can become an unrestricted free agent in July. Ott didn't get a goal in 29 games, including the playoffs, with the Blues. He also had a minus-15 rating. Ott picked up three assists in the regular season and another two during the team's first-round playoff exit versus Chicago.
Patrik Berglund played with a shoulder injury | 04/28/2014 1:42 PM
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Patrik Berglund played in the postseason with a shoulder injury.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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The ailment is believed to be severe, so don't be surprised if he requires surgery during the off-season. Berglund had no points, nine shots and a minus-7 rating in four games versus Chicago in the series.
David Backes had a broken toe, stiff neck | 04/28/2014 1:40 PM
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David Backes played in the playoffs with a broken toe on his left foot.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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It was caused by a slap shot from teammate Alexander Steen late in the regular season. Backes did not suffer a concussion from the hit he received from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2, but he did sustain a stiff neck.
Blues, Miller face free agent uncertainty | 04/28/2014 10:10 AM
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Ryan Miller's playoff performance may have cost him some money on the free agent market.
Buffalo News

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He was asked about his off-season plans and there's a lot of uncertainty surrounding it. "We're through with the hockey part now. We'll have to see where we're at," said Miller, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "See how they feel about me. I definitely like St. Louis. I like the guys. I like the team. We'll see what they feel about the playoffs." Contract talks haven't been "very serious" between the two sides yet. The Blues gave up a lot to get Miller and they did want to bring him back, but Miller is rumored to be interested in playing closer to his wife in California.
T.J. Oshie scores Blues' only goal in Game 6 | 04/27/2014 7:05 PM
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It was a disappointing way for the St. Louis Blues to end their season, but T.J. Oshie played well in his team's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Oshie scored the Blues' lone goal and fired six SOG. Not bad for a guy who's been banged up during the playoffs. It doesn't seem unreasonable to label this a breakthrough season for the American-born forward.
Ryan Miller falls flat in big chance with STL | 04/27/2014 7:02 PM
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The St. Louis Blues' acquisition of Ryan Miller didn't pay off dividends, as they lost in six games in the first round for another year (this time to the Chicago Blackhawks).
Rotoworld.com

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Miller gave up five goals on 27 shots in being clearly out-shined by Corey Crawford. His overall work was middling at best with the Blues and likely cost himself a good deal of money in unrestricted free agency. He went 2-4 in the playoffs and 10-8-1 in the regular season with the Blues and his individual numbers were mediocre at best.
Derek Roy draws in, Adam Cracknell out Sun | 04/27/2014 3:05 PM
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The St. Louis Blues added some offensive skill to their lineup for Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, with Derek Roy in for Adam Cracknell.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

Impact
Roy has been highly disappointing in both fantasy and reality this season, but St. Louis would feel a lot better about him if he can keep their playoff hopes alive. Roy is fighting for a new contract, so better late than never.
Blues turn to Miller with season on the line | 04/27/2014 10:57 AM
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The St. Louis Blues are hoping Ryan Miller will be a hero in Game 6 on Sunday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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The Blues are down 3-2 in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks. "We're probably gonna have to steal a game to bring this thing back, so he's gonna have to be part of the steal. He's gonna have to be one of the robbers," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Miller. "He's gonna have to be a big player for us. We know that. He knows that." Miller is certainly capable of that, although the Blackhawks won't make it easy. He has a 2.32 GAA and .911 save percentage in five playoff games.
Hitchcock: We can write our own legacy | 04/27/2014 10:53 AM
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St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock feels its time for his team to write its own legacy.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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The Blues took a 2-0 series lead in 2013 only to lose in six games. They took a 2-0 lead against Chicago this year and are on the verge of seeing history repeat itself going into Game 6 on Sunday. "Everybody is probably writing, 'Here they go again. They're challenging the top teams, but can they get through the top teams?'" Hitchcock said. "Everybody is going to write that stuff. But we have a chance to write the message that you guys have to print, so it's in our control. I want to see us embrace this." The Blues certainly are capable of winning this series, given the team they have. If they fall short it will be particularly disappointing after they went out and acquired goaltender Ryan Miller in anticipation of them competing for the Cup this year.
David Backes does well despite coming in cold | 04/26/2014 4:15 PM
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David Backes logged 21:35 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Friday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"For not skating, for not playing, I thought he did fine," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He hit the wall a few times so we had to put other people on the ice, but for coming back into - how long's he not skated for, two weeks? - to walk in and play those minutes was impressive." Backes posted a game-high eight hits and a minus-2 rating in St. Louis' 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. In three games in the series, he has one assist and four shots.
Roy a healthy scratch Friday night | 04/26/2014 1:39 PM
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Derek Roy was a healthy scratch Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

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He sat in the press box in favor of David Backes, who returned from a concussion or neck injury. Roy, who is a free agent come July 1st, is not a favorite of Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock and there does not seem to be any way the talented but inconsistent pivot will return to St. Louis next season.
Morrow injury is fractured foot | 04/26/2014 1:28 PM
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The injury sustained by Brenden Morrow that is keeping him from playing in the playoffs is a fractured foot.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
The injury was previously described as merely a "foot injury" but now we know Morrow's foot is actually broken. He won't be playing for quite some time.
Ryan Miller allows three goals on 30 shots | 04/25/2014 11:22 PM
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Ryan Miller denied 27 of 30, but allowed an overtime goal to Jonathan Toews to fall 3-2 to the Hawks on Friday night in Game 5 and fall behind in the series.
Rotoworld.com

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Miller has allowed eight goals over the past three games, all losses, as St. Louis has squandered a 2-0 advantage in the series and faces elimination on Sunday in Chicago. Miller was solid on Friday night, but ultimately let through the winning goal in overtime and must win two straight to stay alive in the post-season.
T.J. Oshie scores, but Blues drop Game 5 | 04/25/2014 11:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie scored a beautiful goal during the Blues' 3-2 overtime loss on Friday night as Chicago took the series lead 3-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Oshie's first of the playoffs was a beauty, as he took a feed in the slot from Alexander Steen, deked around the challenging defender, lost his balance but fired a backhand past Corey Crawford as he was falling on his stomach. Oshie and the Blues will look to extend the series on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
David Backes is in the lineup for Game 5 | 04/25/2014 7:58 PM
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David Backes is in the lineup for Friday night's Game 5 showdown with the Blackhawks.
Dan Rosen on Twitter

Impact
Backes will be a huge boost to a Blues squad that has lost both games since he was sidelined from illegal hit by the Hawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Derek Roy is scratched for the Blues.
Blues demote Dmitrij Jaskin | 04/25/2014 3:29 PM
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Dmitrij Jaskin has been sent to the minors.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Jaskin wasn't playing in the postseason with the Blues, so he might as well help the AHL Chicago Wolves as they kick off their playoff run. He had a goal and an assist in 18 games with St. Louis in 2013-14.
T.J. Oshie feels better after rough return | 04/25/2014 3:27 PM
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T.J. Oshie feels like he might have returned from his upper-body injury a game too soon.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Oshie returned on Saturday and logged 25:29 minutes, but he didn't feel great. "That first game I felt like I was lost and I got it taken to me and I wasn't really a factor for us," Oshie said. "Luckily we got the win on that one. But last game I felt like I was a lot better, the best game I've played probably in a month. The pucks didn't go in for me but I had a lot of shots and I have to build from there." Oshie hasn't recorded a point yet in three playoff games.
Derek Roy is projected to center 2nd line | 04/25/2014 3:24 PM
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Derek Roy is expected to center the second line Friday night.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie will round out the scoring unit. In the unlikely event that David Backes (upper body) is healthy enough to play, he is expected to replace Roy on that line.
Vladimir Tarasenko gets moved to 1st line | 04/25/2014 3:21 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko will play on St. Louis' top line on Friday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Tarasenko has four goals in four games in the 2014 playoffs. His linemates will be Vladimir Sobotka and Alexander Steen.
David Backes is very doubtful Friday | 04/25/2014 12:21 PM
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David Backes (upper body) didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Backes still hasn't been ruled out for Friday night's game, but we doubt he'll be in the lineup. He has already missed two contests since he Brent Seabrook struck him with a high hit. If Backes sustained a concussion, then the fact that he hasn't been skating likely means that he isn't close to returning.
David Backes (UBI) didn't skate Thursday | 04/25/2014 8:03 AM
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David Backes (upper body) didn't practice Thursday.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
"Read into it what you want," said coach Ken Hitchcock. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 5 on Friday night.

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