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Blues winger Alexander Steen scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday. | 11/26/2014 9:39 AM
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Blues winger Alexander Steen scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday.
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Impact
Steen extended the Blues lead to 2-0 when he scored on the power play in the middle of the second period. St. Louis, however, blew the lead after starting goalie Brian Elliott left with a lower-body injury. Ottawa won, 3-2, in a shootout. Steen has 10 assists to go with his five scores.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return. | 11/26/2014 9:37 AM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
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Impact
There are no reports yet how serious the injury is. Check back for more updates, but in the meantime, Jake Allen is a must-own goalie.
Blues goalie Jake Allen had a bad game in relief of starter Brian Elliott. | 11/26/2014 9:35 AM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen had a bad game in relief of starter Brian Elliott.
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Impact
Allen replaced Elliott, who suffered a lower-body injury, and allowed two third-period goals as the Senators cameback and won in a shootout, 3-2. Allen stopped just 15-of-17 shots. After posting back-to-back shutouts, Allen has a save percentage of .891 in his last five games. Despite his hot streaking officially ending, Allen is a must-own until fantasy owners know the seriousness of Elliott's injury.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up a victory Saturday against Ottawa. | 11/22/2014 5:46 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up a victory Saturday against Ottawa.
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Impact
He stopped 24-of-26 shots on goal, and improved his record to 8-4-1 on the season. Elliott has been great for owners.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored another goal in Saturday's win over the Senators. | 11/22/2014 5:43 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored another goal in Saturday's win over the Senators.
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Impact
It was his 12th of the season, and Tarasenko also had six shots on goal. He now has 23 points and is +15 through 20 games.
Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is off to a really poor start. | 11/22/2014 4:05 PM
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Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is off to a really poor start.
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Impact
The season is nearly a quarter of th way done, and Pietrangelo has just seven points after scoring 51 in 81 games last season. He is also minus-five after posting a plus-20 rating a season ago. Hopefully he can turn it around starting Saturday.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the season on Thursday. | 11/20/2014 10:08 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the season on Thursday.
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Impact
Tarasenko has been tremendous to start this season. He has 11 goals and 11 assists through 19 games. Tarasenko scored the first goal of the game against the Canadiens on Thursday, but the Blues lost, 4-1.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott was not very busy during Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. | 11/18/2014 9:44 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott was not very busy during Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
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Impact
He made 15 saves on 17 shots on goal, but dropped his record to 7-4-1 on the season.
Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and assist on Saturday. | 11/16/2014 10:15 AM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and assist on Saturday.
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Impact
Schwartz had five shots on goal and finished with a plus-one rating against the Capitals. He has seven goals and 11 assists this season.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped every shot but one to beat Washington, 4-1. | 11/16/2014 10:11 AM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped every shot but one to beat Washington, 4-1.
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Impact
Elliott stopped 24-of-25 shots to record a .960 save percentage. Elliott is 7-3-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .930 save percentage this season.
St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie scored his first goal of the season. | 11/13/2014 10:53 PM
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St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie scored his first goal of the season.
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Impact
It was his first game back from a concussion, and now Oshie has finally lit the lamp. Look for this to get him going.
St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has been activated from the injured reserve. | 11/13/2014 3:57 PM
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St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has been activated from the injured reserve.
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Impact
Oshie will have missed seven games. Although he's started slowly, make sure he's back in your lineup. He's scored just one point in eight games, but posted 60 last season.
Blues goalie Jake Allen wil start on Thursday against the Predators. | 11/12/2014 3:23 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen wil start on Thursday against the Predators.
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Impact
Allen is on some hot streak. He has won his last three starts and four of his last five, including two shutouts over that span. Allen has a .944 save percentage and 1.40 GAA.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott saved 28-of-29 shots against the Sabres on Tuesday. | 11/11/2014 11:02 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott saved 28-of-29 shots against the Sabres on Tuesday.
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Impact
Elliott is now 6-3-1 on the season. He posted a .966 save percentage versus Buffalo.
Blues Joakim Lindstrom scored two power-play goals as St. Louis tacked on three late goals and beat the Sabres, 6-1. | 11/11/2014 11:01 PM
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Blues Joakim Lindstrom scored two power-play goals as St. Louis tacked on three late goals and beat the Sabres, 6-1.
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Impact
St. Louis led Buffalo, 3-1, for most of the third period, but the Blues scored three power-play goals inside of three minutes to play. Lindstrom scored two of them. He now has three goals this season.
Blues center Jori Lehtera recorded a hat trick on Tuesday against the Sabres. | 11/11/2014 10:58 PM
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Blues center Jori Lehtera recorded a hat trick on Tuesday against the Sabres.
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Impact
Lehtera scored on 3-of-his-5 shots and was plus-three. He has five goals and eight assists this season.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start against the Sabres on Tuesday. | 11/11/2014 6:14 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start against the Sabres on Tuesday.
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Impact
He made 33 saves in his last start but lost to Nashville on Saturday. This game is a golden opportunity for Elliott owners to pick up a goalie victory. Owners of Jake Allen are likely upset he is not getting the spot start for this game. Against the worst team in the league, Elliott must be in every lineup.
Blues center Jori Lehtera scored the team's lone goal in a loss to Nashville. | 11/09/2014 10:52 AM
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Blues center Jori Lehtera scored the team's lone goal in a loss to Nashville.
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Impact
He has gotten off to a solid start, and now has 11 points in 13 games, and is +7 overall.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott played well in Saturday's loss to Nashville. | 11/08/2014 10:40 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott played well in Saturday's loss to Nashville.
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Impact
He stopped 33-of-35 shots on goal, but fell to 5-3-1 on the season.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his ninth goal of the season on Thursday. | 11/06/2014 10:48 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his ninth goal of the season on Thursday.
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Impact
Tarasenko had a goal and an assist while posting a plus-two rating. Tarasenko has been one of the biggest surprises this season with 16 points in 13 games.
Blues goalie Jake Allen was less than five minutes from his third straight shutout when the game began to turn on him. | 11/06/2014 10:41 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen was less than five minutes from his third straight shutout when the game began to turn on him.
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Impact
St. Louis led, 3-0, when Michael Ryder scored for New Jersey to make the lead, 3-1. David Backes scored, and the game appeared to be over with a three-goal lead and under three minutes to go. New Jersey scored two more times to make things interesting, but Allen won his fourth game of the season. He made 24 saves in the game.
Blues goalie Jake Allen earned his second shutout of the season on Tuesday. | 11/04/2014 10:24 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen earned his second shutout of the season on Tuesday.
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Impact
He beat New Jersey 1-0, stopping all 26 shots, and if Allen continues to play like this, he will give Brian Elliott a rest more often.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner in Tuesday's win over the Devils. | 11/04/2014 10:23 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
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Impact
The Blues won 1-0 and Tarasenko has seemingly turned into a star after his ridiculous goal on Saturday night. He now has eight goals and 14 points on the season.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott earned the victory, Monday against the Rangers. | 11/03/2014 10:03 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott earned the victory, Monday against the Rangers.
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Impact
He stopped 36-of-39 shots, in a shootout win, and is now 5-2-1 on the season. Elliott is a solid option in net, moving forward.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko notched two points in Monday's shootout win aganst the Rangers. | 11/03/2014 10:01 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko notched two points in Monday's shootout win aganst the Rangers.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has 13 points on the season. Tarasenko is on pace for a career-high.
Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with the team to New York. | 11/03/2014 4:58 PM
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Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with the team to New York.
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Impact
He hasn't taken any hits yet, so we feel he isn't likely to go Monday night, but could return this week. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. He totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with e team to New York. | 11/03/2014 10:43 AM
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Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with e team to New York.
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Impact
He hasn't taken any hits yet, so we feel he isn't likely to go Monday night, but could return this week. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. He totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has yet to start skating with his teammates. | 11/03/2014 10:41 AM
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St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has yet to start skating with his teammates.
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Impact
Oshie could return in about a week, but with concussion there is no real timetable. He blossomed into a star last season with 60 points in 79 games and a great Olympics display.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Saturday's, 3-2, victory over the Avalanche. | 11/02/2014 10:58 AM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Saturday's, 3-2, victory over the Avalanche.
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Impact
Tarasenko now has six goals on the season. He was plus-two in the game. Tarasenko did not convert his shootout attempt, but Joakim Lindstrom did and St. Louis goalie Brian Elliot did not allow a shootout goal.
Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks. | 10/30/2014 10:33 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks.
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Impact
It was a nice outing for Allen, who stopped all 25 shots he faced, giving St. Louis reason to possibly give him the nod next time out.
Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks. | 10/30/2014 10:33 PM
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Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks.
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Impact
It was a nice outing for Allen, who stopped all 24 shots he faced, giving St. Louis reason to possibly give him the nod next time out.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Tuesday against the Stars. | 10/29/2014 10:19 AM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Tuesday against the Stars.
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Impact
Stars forward Tyler Seguin took a penalty just 14 seconds into overtime to send St. Louis to the man advantage.Tarasenko scored on a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo for the game-winner. Tarasenko finished the game with a hat trick.
Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is available for Tuesday's game. | 10/28/2014 5:46 PM
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Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is available for Tuesday's game.
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Impact
Tarasenko was considered questionale with an illness, but he stil good to go. He has a goal and four assists in seven games this season.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start between the pipes on Tuesday. | 10/28/2014 5:42 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start between the pipes on Tuesday.
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Impact
Elliott has been great in net this season, posting a 1.78 GAA and a .922 save percentage, but he is just 2-2-1.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up only his second win of the season, Saturday versus Chicago. | 10/25/2014 10:53 PM
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Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up only his second win of the season, Saturday versus Chicago.
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Impact
He made 25 saves in a -2 victory. Elliott is now 2-2-1, amd fantasy owners are praying this gets the Blues' netminder going.
Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored his fifth goal of the season. | 10/25/2014 10:52 PM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored his fifth goal of the season.
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Impact
After recording a hat trick three games ago, Schwartz was able to light the lamp again. He now has eight points, and has been a nice find for fantasy owners, across the country.
Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will start at left wing on the top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie on Saturday against the Blackhawks. | 10/25/2014 2:44 PM
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Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will start at left wing on the top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie on Saturday against the Blackhawks.
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Impact
Schwartz and Alexander Steen are basically flip flopping spots. Steen will skate on the second line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. The loser is Steve Ott, who was a top-six forward earlier in the week, but will be on the fourth line Saturday.
Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's loss against the Canucks. | 10/23/2014 10:42 PM
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Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's loss against the Canucks.
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Impact
Shattenkirk scored on the power play to tie the game at the 7:38 mark of the second period. It was the only goal of the game for the Blues.
Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list. | 10/23/2014 12:32 PM
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Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
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Impact
Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
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

Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
"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

Impact
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

Impact
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.
Roman Jedlicka on Twitter

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.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

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.
TSN.ca

Impact
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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Impact
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.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
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.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
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.
Josh Rimer Hockey

Impact
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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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