BLUES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Kevin Shattenkirk waited for a trade announcement at the draft

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk watched the draft and waited for Commissioner Gary Bettman to say, “We have a trade to announce,” and call his name. Of course, that didn’t happen, but now, Shattenkirk is opening up about his stressful offseason. Shattenkirk’s name was the subject of trade rumors all offseason, as the Blues reportedly wanted to move the defenseman...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blues unveil a fancy new center ice design

The Blues’ celebration of their 50th anniversary will be displayed in a big way during the 2016-17 season. The team unveiled their new center ice logo and it’s nothing short of awesome. New season, new center ice design. #stlblues #Blues50 pic.twitter.com/WdiRBja7OV — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 19, 2016 That’s a clean, sharp design fans should love. It...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues Performance Expectations: Forwards

The St. Louis Blues are preparing for the upcoming NHL regular season that is merely weeks away. St. Louis hasn’t been in action since their elimination from the postseason by the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals and the team is looking for different results this season. In order for that to happen, though, the Blues will have to have consistent contributions...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Vladimir Sobotka Continues Negotiating Return to NHL

Team Czech Republic forward Vladimir Sobotka hopes to return to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues this season, but he is uncertain about what his future holds. Sobotka and his agent have been in discussions with the KHL and the St. Louis Blues the past five months but the parties have not come to a resolution. Sobotka last played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season. Sobotka, 29...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Sobotka unlikely to return to Blues for start of season

TORONTO -- Vladimir Sobotka says he is no longer optimistic about returning to the St. Louis Blues after two years in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League because of a contract holdup.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday in Washington that Sobotka was having "issues" getting back. Sobotka has a year left on his KHL deal, but Blues general manager Doug Armstrong had said...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steen hopes to play in the season opener and wants to stay in St. Louis

In early June, it sounded like the St. Louis Blues would have to prepare for the beginning of the 2016-17 season without Alexander Steen. The forward needed surgery to repair a shoulder injury and it was estimated he would miss four to six months. As the preseason draws closer, it sounds like Steen might be ready for the opener. Spoke with Steen, who says his surgically repaired...
Via Frozen Notes
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bad breakup still stings for ex-Rams fans in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- A year ago, a San Francisco 49ers touchdown run against the Rams would have been cause for despair at the Hot Shots Bar & Grill in suburban St. Louis. On Monday night, it was cause for celebration.About 50 patrons cheered every Rams mistake and every 49ers success during the game, the first since Rams owner Stan Kroenke took his football team back to Los Angeles...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016-17 Season Preview: St. Louis Blues

After years of playoff struggles, the St. Louis Blues finally made a deep run into the playoffs in 2015-16, losing to the San Jose Sharks in the Conference Finals. This offseason, they lost their captain in free agency and traded one of their goaltenders while making only one minor signing. Health and true breakouts for the young cores will largely determine their fate this season...
Via Razzball Hockey
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

We now know who will be replacing Duncan Keith on Canada’s 2016 World Cup roster, and it’s a puzzling decision. Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will replace Keith on the roster. In a press release, team Canada GM Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was added to ensure roster continuity and to gain experience. “First and foremost...
Via Puck Drunk Love
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Pietrangelo will be the 21st captain of the Blues

Alex Pietrangelo will become the 21st captain of the St. Louis Blues when the team holds a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Pietrangelo will take on the “C” now that David Backes has departed. Pietrangelo has always seemed like the favorite to become the new leader of the team following Backes’ exit. The only real other option was Alexander Steen, but considering his...
Via Frozen Notes
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Blues fans have watched several key pieces from the 2015-16 roster find new homes over the summer. Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. David Backes signed with Boston. Troy Brouwer joined Elliott by signing with Calgary. On paper, the Blues look like a weaker team entering 2016-17 after seeing important veterans exit in favor of a stronger commitment to youth. Will the Blues...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 25, 2016  |  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
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