Busy Blues lose Backes, sign Perron, Hutton, extend Allen

Doug Armstrong was willing to do anything to keep David Backes, but he wouldn't do long term. The St. Louis Blues' general manager said goodbye to the team's captain for the past five seasons, who left to sign with the Boston Bruins, and made some complementary moves on the first day of NHL free agency. Armstrong wasn't willing to get close to the $30 million, five-year deal Backes...
Via Associated Press
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Blues Re-Sign Jake Allen, Sign Carter Hutton

The St. Louis Blues have sorted out their goaltending situation in the wake of trading Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames. The team has re-signed young netminder Jake Allen to a four-year deal that carries a $4.35 million AAV according to General Fanager. The team also signed former Nashville Predators backup goaltender Carter Hutton to a two-year deal carrying a $1.125 AAV. ...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 hours ago

St. Louis Blues Sign David Perron

The St. Louis Blues and David Perron have re-united on a two year contract worth $7.5 million. The deal will pay the 28-year-old forward $3.75 million per season. Perron was drafted by the Blues in the first round in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and played some of his best seasons in a Blues uniform, with two 20-goal seasons in St. Louis to his credit. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports...
Via The Hockey Writers
6 hours ago

David Backes signs with the Boston Bruins

The St. Louis Blues will need to name a new captain as David Backes has signed a deal with the Boston Bruins. The deal is over five years and will pay $6 million per season. Backes in BOS is 5x6 — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016 Heading into the 2016 NHL Draft and the free agency window, it looked like Backes and the Blues might be able to work out a deal. The...
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The Kevin Shattenkirk relationship doesn’t look like it’s going to end well

The Blues and Kevin Shattenkirk were expected to go their separate ways at the 2016 NHL Draft. The draft came and went and Shattenkirk remained on the roster which was surprising to both the defenseman and his agent. As multiple teams around the league shake things up with some huge moves, the Shattenkirk relationship continues and unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going...
Via Frozen Notes
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Shattenkirk wouldn’t sign with Oilers, killing potential trade

Prior to the shocking trade which sent Taylor Hall from the Oilers to the Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson, there was plenty of talk suggesting the Oilers and the Blues might be working on a deal involving Kevin Shattenkirk. With the dust still settling on the Hall-Larsson swap, it sounds like the only reason a deal didn’t come to fruition with the Blues and Oilers is a result...
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St. Louis Blues: What to look for with Mike Yeo as the future head coach

The changing of the guard is official, as the St. Louis Blues will have a new head coach for 2017. With Ken Hitchcock announcing his retirement after this upcoming season, the St. Louis Blues found his successor. Mike Yeo, who previously coached the Minnesota Wild, will be an associate coach for this season and take over the reins next year. This is a solid move for the Blues, as...
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Blues sign Kyle Brodziak to 2-year contract extension

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year contract extension. The 32-year-old Brodziak had two goals in the playoffs after totaling 11 points in 76 regular-season games leading the checking line. The 11-year veteran also has played for Edmonton and Minnesota and has 239 points in 697 career games. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Sign Jordan Caron to Extension

The St. Louis Blues announced today that they’ve signed forward Jordan Caron to one-year, two-way contract. Salary details were not discussed in the release. The Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year two-way deal with Jordan Caron. #stlblues — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 29, 2016 Caron signed with the Blues...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Report: Oilers may be shopping Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

There’s been plenty of trade smoke blowing around the Edmonton Oilers this summer, and it’s starting to sound like there may be some real fire at the source of all of those rumors. Specifically, various reports have suggested the team might be willing to part with Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in order to improve their defense. LeBrun: "I think Taylor Hall is available...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Did the Blues get a big enough return for Brian Elliott?

The Brian Elliott trade was both unexpected and controversial. Elliott led the Blues to multiple playoff series wins (something no Blues goalie has done in years), but the team decided to move him to the Calgary Flames in an effort to save some cap room and to avoid a future decision in which they’d lose either Elliott or Jake Allen to the expansion draft. The Blues received the...
Via Frozen Notes
5 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The Brian Elliott trade was going to happen eventually

Yesterday, St. Louis Blues fans saw the end of a phenomenal goalie in Brian Elliot being traded to the Calgary Flames. Many were waiting to hear about a Kevin Shattenkirk trade, but it was Elliott who got traded. This trade, however, would have had to happen at some point in the future. For starters, the NHL is going to be expanding with Las Vegas getting a team. With the new expansion...
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St. Louis lives up to 'Heartland of Hockey' reputation in NHL Draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- St. Louis was represented in a major way during the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday, as five players who grew up in the area and played for the St. Louis AAA Blues youth hockey club were selected. During a week in which the NHL expanded into Las Vegas, the draft had an international flavor to it with a record 12 Americans selected in the first round, besting...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Tarasenko’s adorable acceptance speech after winning the cover of NHL 17

Once upon a time, Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t like talking to the media because his English wasn’t as strong as he had hoped. Skip ahead to the 2016 NHL Awards and Tarasenko delivered an adorable acceptance speech after finding out he would grace the cover of NHL 17. From thanking the Blues organization to congratulating the Penguins on their Stanley Cup win, Tarasenko’s speech...
Via Frozen Notes
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement tour

The St. Louis Blues made it to the NHL Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games. After a tremendous season ended just short of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced he’s coming back for one last go at another Stanley Cup. The 64-year-old had previously announced that the 2015-2016 season would be his last. But...
Via The Comeback
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues set to start Jake Allen in Game 4 desperation move

The St. Louis Blues haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1991, and head coach Ken Hitchcock sees his team with their back to the wall once again. After going down 2-1 in the Western Conference finals to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues are literally looking to throw the kitchen sink at the wall as Hitchcock announced the pulling of starting goaltender Brian Elliot in...
Via The Comeback
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
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May 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Game 7 between the Blues and Stars is must-see hockey

The Eastern Conference Final set itself after the Penguins defeated the Capitals Tuesday night. The Western Conference Final, however, is still a bit of a mystery, with two Game 7 bouts scheduled for the latter part of the week. Needless to say, neither one of these games is to be missed.Looking back at media predictions preceding Round 2’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and...
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May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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