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St. Louis Game Time Jul 20, 2017
Report: Blues sign Parayko; 5 years, $5.5M AAV

Report: Blues sign Parayko; 5 years, $5.5M AAV

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the St. Louis Blues have signed Colton Parayko to a five year contract with a $5.5 million average annual value. STL and Colton Parayko have a five-year deal— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 20, 2017 AAV for Parayko is $5.5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 20, 2017 This is a developing story with pending updates.
St. Louis Game Time Jul 18, 2017
Projecting Parayko

Projecting Parayko

The Blues defenseman is going to get paid. Do we care how that happens? Blues fans continue to sweat as Colton Parayko continues to languish in the limbo of restricted free agency. Though some concerns were addressed upon Parayko’s decision to opt for salary arbitration (the move made him ineligible to receive offer sheets), there’s extended nervousness surrounding Parayko’s long term outlook. The arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday, and ahead of that meeting, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted the details of the contract requests made by each party: STL has asked for...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 13, 2017
Kostin Told Armstrong That He Would Sign With the Blues Prior to Draft

Kostin Told Armstrong That He Would Sign With the Blues Prior to Draft

Agent Speaks on How Kostin Landed With Blues During the 2017 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues pulled off one the greatest draft heists in history when they were able to trade Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins for prospect Oskar Sundqvist and the 31st overall pick. Reaves, a career fourth line enforcer was the Blues’ longest-tenured player at the time of the trade. His will and determination to not only become the league’s best enforcer (according to Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford), but to improve his skill set, made him the ultimate fan-favorite in St. Louis. ...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 12, 2017
Blues Smart to Stay Quiet In Free Agency

Blues Smart to Stay Quiet In Free Agency

Colton Parayko Still the Number One Priority It was no secret that the St. Louis Blues would be adding a scorer or two this offseason. General manager Doug Armstrong kicked off the NHL Entry Draft in a big way by completing two massive trades that addressed those very needs. First, he traded for power-play specialist Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the underachieving Jori Lehtera. The Blues made sure everyone knew how serious they were about bolstering their roster with more goal scorers by trading away the league's best enforcer in Ryan Reaves in exchange for...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 10, 2017
Man, the 90s Blues were hilarious

Man, the 90s Blues were hilarious

Seriously, WTF was Keenan doing? If you came of age following Blues hockey in the 1990s, your earliest memories are likely speckled with diagonal stripes, “OH BABY”s, and a collection of players who peaked in Edmonton, Chicago, New York, or almost anywhere except St. Louis. When the Blues hired Mike Keenan in 1994, he was fresh off winning a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers. The thinking went, of course, that he could export that success to St. Louis and supplement the Brett Hull/Brendan Shanahan/Curtis Joseph core with his own brand of grit and skill. Shanahan lasted a year under...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2017
Colton Parayko files for arbitration

Colton Parayko files for arbitration

The deadline to file was 4 PM today. Today was the deadline for players and teams to file for salary arbitration. It was widely assumed that the Blues would file for arbitration for Colton Parayko, protecting him from an offer sheet and giving both sides time to work on at least a one or two year bridge deal. Filling for arbitration also ensures that Parayko will be on the ice to start the season. Instead of the Blues filling today, Parayko beat them to the punch. By Parayko being the one to file, the Blues are able to choose the term of the contract at either one or two years. That is, if...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2017
Blues sign first round pick Klim Kostin to entry level contract

Blues sign first round pick Klim Kostin to entry level contract

The Russian has a good chance of making the team out of camp. Klim Kostin was the top rated European skater at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His stock fell due to injuries, and the Blues were able to trade away Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the opportunity to select him 31st overall. The team has taken the next step in getting Kostin into the fold by signing him to a three-year, entry level contract. Kostin played wing for Moscow Dynamo of the KHL for eight games last year. Drafted first overall in the CHL Import Draft last year by the Kootenay Ice, Kostin has made it clear that...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2017
Beyond Checkerdome #160: Hello and Goodbye

Beyond Checkerdome #160: Hello and Goodbye

Say hello to Craig Berube, Daniel Tkaczuk, David Alexander, Brayden Schenn, Oskar Sundqvist and a host of draft picks. Say goodbye to David Perron, Ryan Reaves and Jori Lehtera. And say hello to the Free Agent Frenzy. It’s been a fast-moving off-season. Hell, a lot has happened since we recorded THIS podcast (i.e. the free agent frenzy). Nonetheless, we soldier on and deliver you a recap of just some of the things that happened since the Stanley Cup was awarded. Among our topics for Episode #160: Our beers. The Vegas Golden Knights selected their team and pried David Perron away from...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2017
Darren Pang to stay with Fox Sports Midwest

Darren Pang to stay with Fox Sports Midwest

The Blues’ color analyst and the network have reached a deal. There was some worry among Blues fans that Fox Sports Midwest, the team’s local broadcaster, and Darren Pang, the color analyst, would be parting ways this summer due to contractual differences. Pang was a free agent, and FSMW was offering him less to stay in the booth than he was currently getting paid. Thankfully, we can all put those worries to rest: Panger is staying put. A very big thanks to the @StLouisBlues and @FSMidwest for working hard together as I will be with @Jkellyhockey for another 3 yrs !...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2017
Friedman: Blues showing interest in Chris Thorburn

Friedman: Blues showing interest in Chris Thorburn

The team wants an enforcer to replace Ryan Reaves. You can tell that it’s free agency. How? The Blues are sniffing around fourth line players. Per Elliotte Friedman: Chris Thorburn, taken by LV from WIN in expansion draft, getting interest from STL— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2017 Chris Thorburn was one of my favorites when the Thrashers were still in Atlanta. While not supremely skilled, he worked his ass of every single game and was one of the few on the team at the end that you can safely say played every game full throttle every night. That was literally six years...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2017
The Blues may target a center in NHL free agency, but who?

The Blues may target a center in NHL free agency, but who?

With Patrik Berglund out until December, the Blues should have a shopping list today. It stands to reason that most Blues fans, after being taken aback by a shockingly strong and shrewd draft day. would expect that Doug Armstrong wouldn’t do much by the way of free agency. It’s been a while since the Blues have made a major splash. Then news came out that Patrik Berglund was injured. The Blues have options here - they can try other players who they already have at center - word is, they’re thinking of trying Fabbri there during camp - or they can fill this need during free agency. Who...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 30, 2017
Report: Darren Pang may leave Blues’ broadcast booth

Report: Darren Pang may leave Blues’ broadcast booth

The beloved broadcaster is without a contract. While the Scottrade Center is undergoing renovations this summer, more changes may be in the works for the Blues’ off-ice product. Broadcaster Darren Pang has been with the Blues for the past nine seasons while also doing side jobs for Sportsnet and NBC Sports Network. He’s universally beloved in the sport, and the Blues pulled a coup when they snagged him away from the (then) Phoenix Coyotes. Unfortunately, his contract with Fox Sports Midwest expired at the end of last season, and work on a new deal hasn’t been going well. From an...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 29, 2017
Notes From Prospect Camp, Day Two

Notes From Prospect Camp, Day Two

You want pictures? We got pictures... and more. Another productive day at Prospect Camp is in the books. I’m taking a day off from camp tomorrow, so as to spend some time with my family (my aunt, specifically, my mother’s sister, who has been like a second mother to me pretty much all my life). Will be attending the Cardinals’ game tomorrow night, so I will look for the prospects there, since taking the kids to a Cards’ game is a traditional part of Prospect Camp for the Blues. Since there will not be a “Notes From Prospect Camp: Day Three” tomorrow, we’ll post a few more...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 29, 2017
Is the juice worth the squeeze with Justin Williams for the Blues?

Is the juice worth the squeeze with Justin Williams for the Blues?

Two years ago, for the now defunct website STL Sports Minute, I wrote about a need for the St. Louis Blues to go after right winger Justin Williams. He was a durable veteran who had won a cup with the Los Angeles Kings and could score in the playoffs, so I thought, why not? Two things the Blues simply couldn’t do found in one player. It made so much sense that the two parties never came together on a deal-and Williams went on to sign with the Washington Capitals. He’s a free agent again, and I still think the pair go together like crispy applewood smoked bacon and a hangover. Should...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 29, 2017
A note on the future of Game Time AM

A note on the future of Game Time AM

Spoiler: There’s not one! Today, Thursday June 29th 2017, will be the last episode of Game Time AM on 590 The Fan in St. Louis. When we first agreed to do the show it was on the larkiest of larks. Dan Buffa, another Game Time writer, wanted to move out of the early morning slot. Brad and I showed up at a station event on a Thursday night expecting to discuss the logistics of a show. We started the next Monday morning. Really. It was that quick. And it seems simultaneously last week and forever ago. The ability to share thoughts and analysis on the Blues and the NHL with the public was...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 28, 2017
Notes From Prospect Camp, Day One

Notes From Prospect Camp, Day One

A few words on Day One of the Blues’ four-day Development Camp this week... Welcome to the first day of news from the inside on Blues’ Development Camp. I’ve got tons of video to edit, and some interviews to transcribe, all of which will be done over the next few days... right now, I’m getting ready to go have a few beers with my uncles and cousin at Fast Eddie’s in Alton... Just a few quick observations from today’s action: Klim Kostin doesn't speak any English at all, apparently... but his skills on the ice are speaking pretty loudly for him already. Alexei Toropchenko does...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 28, 2017
Patrik Berglund out until December with shoulder injury.

Patrik Berglund out until December with shoulder injury.

What kind of training do they do in Sweden, anyway? Blues forward Patrik Berglund is coming off of a season that saw him score 23 goals (second on the team behind Vladimir Tarasenko) and 34 points. This year of solid production got him a four year contract extension, a no-movement clause, and a salary of $4,700,000 per season. So, it stands to reason that during off-season training in Sweden, Berglund would injure his shoulder again and require surgery that will push his debut back to December. Says Doug Armstrong: "It certainly will move someone else in the middle," Blues general manager...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 26, 2017
Blues extend qualifying offers to five players

Blues extend qualifying offers to five players

None of them are Nail Yakupov. The Blue extended five qualifying offers today; they also re-signed defenseman Wade Megan. The Blues extended QOs to defensemen Colton Parayko and Petteri Lindbohm, forwards Magnus Paajarvi and new arrival Oskar Sundqvist, and goaltender Jordan Binnington. Now we wait for qualifying offer acceptance. Terms of the QOs have not been released, but I think that it’s safe to assume that it’s above the required 105% raise for players making under $1 million. There is a name not on the list though: Not surprising that #StlBlues didn't submit QO to Yakupov, who...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 26, 2017
Blues coverage echoes in the void

Blues coverage echoes in the void

St. Louis was the only NHL market not represented by a beat writer at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft On Friday night in Chicago, the St. Louis Blues were one of the most discussed teams on the draft floor. The team made two first round selections, including the top ranked European skater by ISS, and was involved in two trades encompassing four players and four draft picks. The first of those trades was with Philadelphia, and it saw Jori Lehtera and two draft picks sent to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Brayden Schenn. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the deal from the podium in...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 24, 2017
Oskar Sundqvist Could Be A Hidden Gem

Oskar Sundqvist Could Be A Hidden Gem

The Swedish center could play a solid supporting role in the coming years. The trade caused many to be angry initially but quickly turned more optimistic when the Blues selected Klim Kostin 31st overall. Almost forgotten in the whole deal was the addition of Oskar Sundqvist. He was a third round draft pick in 2012 by the Penguins. After spending three full seasons in the SHL with Skelleftea AIK, Sundqvist made the jump to North America. He’s spent the majority of his time in the AHL, doubling his point total this season. Of course there’s more to the game of hockey then racking up...

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