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St. Louis Game Time 19 hours ago

Opening "The '15 File:" Goaltenders

The Blues may have made a mistake by getting rid of locally-developed goaltender Ben Bishop. They may also have a chance to correct that mistake at this year's draft... xxx This week, your "Game Time" Prospect Department proudly presents an in-depth look at several possible draft options that may be open to the Blues in goal. As noted below, in the "Draft Notes" section, some of these players may not remain available beyond the third round, and that perceived need to draft one of these players that high, may not be in the Blues' best interests as an organization at present. After reading...
St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago

Survivor UFA; Zbynek Michalek, more than just a cool name.

Zbynek Michalek is one of the most solid Blues defenders and needs to be re-signed and slotted in the top 4. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them.Zbynek Michalek is one of the most solid Blues defenders and needs to be resigned and slotted in the top 4. Zbynek Michalek. Zbynek Michalek. Say it out loud. Zbynek Michalek. Just saying it makes you feel a sense of power and is likely to strike fear into the hearts of opposing forwards. That may be a slight exaggeration. Zbynek...
St. Louis Game Time May 22, 2015

Friday Links - Lava Steaks

They're probably tastier than you'd think. BLUES NEWS: Playoffs? nope. Average Joe rebuts Bernie Miklasz's claim that the Blues have been "unfair" to Ken Hitchcock this offseason. [SLGT] Hoosier Blue lays out why bringing back Chris Butler is "meh". [SLGT] STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Anaheim Ducks (2) v. Chicago Blackhawks (1) Tampa Bay Lightning (2) v. New York Rangers (1) HOCKEY NEWS: No OT last night. [NHL.com 5/21/15] Korea draws Canada for 2018 Olympic groupings. Good luck with that. [Puck Daddy] Some of the Senators owners' potential liver donors have decided to continue on with the...
St. Louis Game Time May 22, 2015

Chris Butler, the 'meh'est Option on Defense for the Blues

Butler isn't bad, but he isn't that good, and St. Louis fans should hope that we DO NOT need his services next year. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. (Check out STLGT documentary special, "The Butler can do it, the case for Chris Butler" if you are into that whole 'fair discussion' thing) Chris Butler. Ahhh…Chris Butler. Hometown kid. One of the most successful NHL players who were born and raised in the STL. By all accounts, an overall nice guy. And if those things...
St. Louis Game Time May 21, 2015

On Ken Hitchcock, Mike Babcock and Pending Free Agents

Or how the Blues were only treating their head coach like any other member of the organization. Ken Hitchcock's journey from coach on the hot seat to unfairly maligned sympathy figure has been fascinating to watch. Since the Blues bowed out of the playoffs, early once again, the common refrain from fans, players, coaches, management and media types has been pretty much the same — something has got to change. Now what that something is varies depending on who is talking. Front office changes, a coaching change, a roster overhaul and patience have all been suggested as possible solutions...
St. Louis Game Time May 21, 2015

Thursday Links - Hockey Pick-Up Lines

Thanks, Dave. BLUES NEWS: The Blues are still out of the playoffs. The Blues have signed Martin Brodeur for three years as assistant GM. [SLGT] Beyond Checkerdome Episode #86 "Now With More Tims!" is up and "It's better than a 20 MPH head wind on a prostitute's bike". [SLGT] Scottrade Center is number 7 in the NHL Arena Experience. (S/T to Hildy) [Stadium Journey] UFA Survivor continues with the pros of keeping hometown boy Chris Butler around, by HullandOates85. [SLGT] STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Tampa Bay Lightning (2) v. New York Rangers (1) Chicago Blackhawks (1) v. Anaheim Ducks...
St. Louis Game Time May 20, 2015

Martin Brodeur Signs Three Year Deal To Be Blues' Assistant GM

Martin Brodeur isn't going to return to New Jersey any time soon. The new guard in New Jersey is apparently a bit of a stumbling block to the homecoming of the Devils' favorite goaltender. With Lou Lamoreillo out as GM and Ray Shero in, there's going to be a lot of changes around the organization, and Brodeur apparently is currently not part of their plans. He is, however, part of the Blues'. The team today announced that Brodeur is the new Assistant General Manager. Doug Armstrong wanted Brodeur to take on a bigger role with the team if he stayed, and he is doing just that. Brodeur will...
St. Louis Game Time May 20, 2015

Survivor UFA: Local Butler Looks to Stay At Home

Could Keeping Another Local Kid Be the Key to A Championship? Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. Next up in our on going series is defensemen Chris Butler, a St. Louis native who would love nothing more than to help bring a Cup to St. Lou. As with the other players we have looked at recently, Butler is another low cost player with the potential to be a big part of what the Blues look like going forward. Butler's career has not been stellar but it has been solid and steady. in...
St. Louis Game Time May 20, 2015

Wednesday Links - Down By The Water

You get to watch another Decemberists clip. It has very little to do with calamity this time, but is totally awesome. Links? Yes, I have links. BLUES NEWS: We continue our UFA Survivor series with Adam Cracknell. HullandOates85 has your Pro for bringing him back . . . [SLGT] . . . and I have your Con. [SLGT] An outside-the-box choice for new Blues coach . . . Mark Johnson? Big Burger would like to see it happen, and lays out his reasonings. [SLGT FanPosts] STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: New York Rangers (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning(s) (1) Anaheim Ducks (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1) HOCKEY...
St. Louis Game Time May 19, 2015

UFA Survivor: The Cracknell Should Be Released (Again)

If this writer has its' way, Adam Cracknell should be allowed to attempt to flourish elsewhere. Again. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. Ever encounter things that you think are useful because they have a certain name, but you find out later that they're really not all that useful because they're just not that good? I remember this happening in my house when I was young. Mom and Dad bought an Oreck XL. It had a great name. It promised to be a great product. It replaced our old,...
St. Louis Game Time May 19, 2015

Survivor UFA: Don't Release the Cracknell??

Versatile Forward Needs to Be Given Chance to Prove Himself in NHL. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. As we continue to debate who should stay and who should go we land on Adan Cracknell, a player who has yet to be tested at the top level but thrives in the minors. You may ask yourself, why would the Blues even bother looking at a player who has played the equivalent of one full season over the past 5 years? I mean he has 11 points in those 82 games, over five years. But you...
St. Louis Game Time May 19, 2015

Tuesday Links - Calamity

Playoffs happened. Not much else. Also, a song about calamity. BREAKING: BLUES NEWS: Nothing happened. Yet. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: New York Rangers (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning(s) (1) Anaheim Ducks (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1) HOCKEY NEWS: I think the Rangers would like to forget that last night's game happened. Oh well. It did, and here's scoreboard proof. [NHL.com 05/18/15] Not all people named Tyler suck at hockey. Tyler Johnson got a hat trick last night. [Sportsnet] During the game, Brad Kovachik took a nasty spill as a result of Kevin Klein being hit into the boards by Steven...
St. Louis Game Time May 18, 2015

Late Monday Links - Moving Sucks

Late afternoon links. I had an extremely busy last two weeks and weekends. Sorry guys links have suffered. But I have a few for you now! BLUES NEWS: Tomoarrow's Blues covered Prospect Sunday with a lovely in-depth look at the the 2015 "Second Seven". [STLGT] Rumor has it Mike Babcock could be coaching around these parts. [STLGT] Hildy Reads between the links of the Hints at Hitchcocks return as the coach of the Blues next year. [STLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Tampa takes on the Rangers again tonight. [NHL.com Preview] GO DUCKS!!! [NHL.com] Russia is in TROUBLLE... [PuckDaddy] Stick tap to CCR...
St. Louis Game Time May 18, 2015

Reading Between The Lines: Local Media Seems To Hint Ken Hitchcock Will Remain Coach Of The Blues

National media has had their speculation on the matter; the local guys are dropping their own hints as well. Sure, the Blues are doing their due dilligence by talking to Mike Babcock (apparently).This is the first that I have seen, and I could be wrong, of the Blues approaching a coach other than Ken Hitchcock. The pending coaching vacancy isn't vacant quite yet, and many fans are starting to assume that the status quo will stay such. Larry Brooks of the NY Post threw his hat into the ring with his speculation that Hitch isn't going anywhere. Locally? No confirmation, no denial, not much...
St. Louis Game Time May 17, 2015

Opening "The '15 File:" Second Seven

Your "Game Time" Prospect Department proudly presents an in-depth look at the players comprising this year's "Second Seven," or the group of seven players just behind the "Silver Seven" at the top of this year's version of our "Hot List." xxx Your "Game Time" Prospect Department proudly presents an in-depth look at the players comprising this year's "Second Seven," or the group of seven players just behind the "Silver Seven" at the top of this year's version of our "Hot List." As things currently stand, the Blues' second pick of the draft will not come until 94th overall, with Edmonton's...
St. Louis Game Time May 17, 2015

Satruday/Sunday Links - Spring Cleaning

New Links Schedule. Equipment sales. Round 3. My schedule has gotten crazy busy as the show I am working on wraps up so you get Saturday/Sunday links on Sunday! BLUES NEWS: Its been 19 days since the last St. Louis Blues game. Withdrawal sucks. The team sold a ton of shit yesterday. [STLBlues.com] Vladimir Tarasenko is still playing hockey, in the IIHF World Championships. Today, he and his Russian team mates play Canada for the Gold. [STLBlues.com] HOCKEY NEWS: The Rangers took a 1-0 series lead over Benny and the Bolts. [NHL.com Recap] Go Ducks! [NHL.com Preview] Alex Ovechkin...
St. Louis Game Time May 16, 2015

Survivor UFA: The infinitely replaceable Chris Porter is NEVER the best option.

Chris Porter is a replaceable, run-of-the-mill role player, and the Blues should be holding auditions for other options. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. Next on UFA Survivor, Chris Porter. You know those guys who are constantly disagreeable? No matter what point you make or olive branch you extend, those guys yell out "You’re wrong!" and "I hate olives!" Well friends, I am that guy. Again. Seriously, who could really mount a serious argument against a guy like Chris...
St. Louis Game Time May 15, 2015

Friday Links - Under-Five Die Hard

There was no hockey yesterday. So you get to see Dara O'Briain come up with an innovative way to replace nativity plays. BLUES NEWS: Still not in the third round. Big Burger has a FanPost about Bernie Miklasz, rink rat hockey trolls and Freud. [SLGT] A man named Mike takes his turn on the Blues Fan Soapbox. He says the Blues "got him" this year and suggests improvements. [SLGT] HullandOates85 lays out his case for keeping Chris Porter, UFA Survivor style. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is in urgent need of a liver transplant. [Puck Daddy] A Rangers fan gets Chris...
St. Louis Game Time May 14, 2015

Survivor UFA: Keeping the Porter On Hand

Porter - noun, 1. a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station, a hotel, or hockey team. Editor's Note: The Blues have quite a few UFAs whose futures need close examination. This is an ongoing pro/con debate on the fates of each of them. After such rousing discussions the last few days on why Barret Jackman should stay, why not dive in to the thought provoking decision of keeping Chris Porter around? Now I know what you are thinking, this guy is still hanging around the locker room? Why yes he is and after you get past the lack of scoring at the NHL level you will...
St. Louis Game Time May 14, 2015

A Blues Fan Soapbox: They Got Me

Today's turn on the soapbox comes from Mike. Edtitor's Note: If you would like to contribute your own piece, please e-mail me at hildymacgt at gmail dot com or Brad at gtbradlee at gmail dot com. We're a fan run paper and site, and we want to give a voice to as many fans as possible. Mi soapbox es su soapbox. They got me. They really got me this year, purchased and still have tickets for all four rounds of the Stanley Cup Finals on the "pay as we play" plan. I purchased the "memorial brick" and I am now beating my head against it. I have the NHL Center Ice package and have watched over 800...

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