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St. Louis Game Time 13 hours ago

Blues Make First Rounds of Training Camp Cuts

Gawdin, Kyrou, Helt, and Adam Musil returned to their junior clubs The St.Louis Blues have started to trim their training camp roster, sending four forwards back down to their junior teams (ask Pierre McGuire if you have any questions at all regarding junior hockey). From Jeremy Rutherford’s report in the Post-Distpatch: The Blues reduced their roster to 53 on Tuesday by sending three players back to their junior hockey clubs: forwards Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia) and Filip Helt (Sarnia) and Adam Musil (Red Deer). More cuts are expected overnight, as the Blues plan to be around 37 players...
St. Louis Game Time 15 hours ago

Beyond Checkerdome #132: Signs Of Life

It's beginning to look a lot like Hockey! Fall is a wonderful time of the year. It brings us cooler temps, baseball playoffs (usually), and sometimes it brings Tim birthday beer! Best of all - it brings us hockey! The prospects tournaments are over, and we're in the waning days of the World Cup of Hockey. As we get back into the groove of things, we talk about the WCoH, and the various participants the Blues have there. We also talk about the new Alexander Steen contract, and what he means to this team. Camp is starting, and with it brings new opportunities for some players. And, of course...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 26, 2016

Weekly Links - Rimba Roll

Team USA blows, Phil Kessel owns and other links. DID WE MISS ANYTHING LAST WEEK?: Apparently not. No comments on last week’s links post. BLUES NEWS ON SLGT: The Blues and Alexander Steen agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $23MM total, $5.75MM AAV against the cap. That’s great, but it will pay him handsomely until he’s 37 years old. Eeek. [SLGT] Buffa likes the extension, and has four reasons why you should too. [SLGT] The Blues finished 6th at the Traverse City tournament. [SLGT] Robb was able to track some of the goings-on with Blues players at the World Cup of Hockey....
St. Louis Game Time Sep 25, 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets At St. Louis Blues Pre-Season Game Day Thread

Time to get back in the saddle. Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, and just as long since you’ve participated in them. Sure, this is pre-season hockey, not the Western Conference Finals. There shouldn’t be any wailing or gnashing of teeth here; this is the first of two split-squad games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Today’s home line-up has some intriguing features. Ivan Barbashev, returning Blue David Perron, former Blue/PTO participant Chris Porter, Jaden Schwartz, and Jake Allen in net with new Blues goalie Carter Hutton probably seeing some...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2016

4 reasons to like the Alex Steen extension

How’s it hanging St. Louis Blues fans? As you wait for the cold chill of hockey season to arrive, allow me to drop in with a quick take on the fresh extension for Blues everyman Alexander Steen. Pardon the “four reasons” title pitch. I am a work in progress when it comes to titles and zinging my readers(a total that reaches about 6 souls these days). It’s not click bait, but only a way for me to get on with the real juicy details. As I down a Bud select after a mid afternoon lawn trim, let’s talk Steener and Blues. 4) Four years is not illogical and works for the player and the...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2016

World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Sweden vs. Team Europe

Sweden looks to end Team Europe's improbable run St.Louis has been getting much more Swedish as of late. We finally got an Ikea after decades of pining for a decent furniture store that wasn’t all the way in Chicago. Alexander Steen recently signed a four-year contract, and Magnus Paajarvi continues to stick around just to keep Ty Rattie company in Hitchcock’s doghouse the press box. Listen, I love you Sweden, but I’m pulling for the Europeans. They’re scrappy, and basically no one likes them. I would love to see Team Europe pull off the upset and destroy any possibility of decent...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2016

World Cup Of Hockey Semifinals: Russia vs. Canada Preview

Will Canada continue steamrolling through the tournament? Out of the two games this weekend, Russia vs. Canada is the most anticipated. Sure, it’s nice that Team Europe advanced to square off against Sweden tomorrow. They’re a feel-good story in the same way that Cocoon was, since their average age is close to that of Jessica Tandy’s. Russia vs. Canada, though, that gives yet another opportunity for Sidney Crosby vs. Alexander Ovechkin competition. It’s a tired trope, one that’s probably been put to bed if you’re basing your decision on team trophies over individual, or if you...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 23, 2016

Blues Sign Alexander Steen To Four-Year Contract Extension

One of the Blues’ key core members will be around for a while. The Blues announced today that they have come to terms with forward Alexander Steen on a four year contract extension. Steen has been a key member of the forward corps since his acquisition from the Maple Leafs in October of 2008 as part of a deal for Lee Stempniak. Steen was due to be a UFA after this season. Instead, the cap situation gets more interesting. This is more than likely a sign that the saga of Vladimir Sobotka is over for now. BREAKING: Blues sign Steen to a four-year, $23 million contract extension ($5.75...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 22, 2016

Thursday World Cup Of Hockey: Finland/Russia Is The Game To Watch

No, really, is anyone watching the Czech/USA game? One of the two games on today’s docket has major implications for the tournament. The other one features the Czech Republic versus a Team USA that would reeeeaaaally like you to know that they’re trying, darnit! THEY’RE TRYING, PHIL. Not that it matters, because after tonight, they’re going home, regardless of how hurt David Backes’ feelings are about a tweet from Kessel. At 2:00 Central on ESPN, Finland takes on Team Russia. This is more than Jori Lehtera versus Vladimir Tarasenko. This is the fate of scrappy Team North America...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 21, 2016

Blues prospects finish 6th in Traverse City

The young Blues wrapped up the tournament with a 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars prospects, putting them in 6th place in the 8 team tournament The Blues prospects ended the Traverse City Prospect Tournament with a 1-3 record in 4 games, not a great showing by any means, but take pride, if you will, in the fact that the one win came against the last place finishing Blackhawks prospects. Ivan Barbashev led the way in scoring for the Blues prospects, notching 2 goals and 1 assists in 4 games. Blues 2016 2nd round draft pick Jordan Kyrou also had a strong showing, notching 2 points in 4 games,...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday World Cup Of Hockey: Sweden, Canada, Team Europe Have A Chance To Keep Perfect Record

Team North America has a chance to continue their shocking play. So, let’s all take a moment to mourn Team USA, who was officially eliminated last night by Team Canada with a 4-2 loss. *moment of silence* So anyway, back to games played by talented teams with competent coaches. Today’s afternoon game (2:00, ESPN) pits the scary good Team North America against the also very good Team Sweden, two of the tournament’s undefeated squads. Yesterday, Sweden shut out Team Finland 2-0 behind a stellar 36 save performance from Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist missed Sweden’s first game due to a...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 20, 2016

Tracking the Blues at the World Cup of Hockey

The good people over at HockeyData Inc have offered us stat-heads access to the tracking data they are collecting during the World Cup of Hockey this fall. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to get a look at this data. While some of you might scoff at the World Cup of Hockey, the fact that someone like myself has access to this type of data is a rare and unique opportunity. (That being said, yes there are passing and entry/exit projects that are currently being undertaken by volunteers, but data generated within 24 hours of a game, collected by a professional organization, is not...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 20, 2016

Tuesday World Cup Of Hockey: Rivalry Day as Finland/Sweden And USA/Canada Square Off

It’s basically win or go home at this point for Team USA. Today’s schedule features two rivalry match-ups, so both games are naturally on ESPN. At 2:00 Central, Finland takes on Team Sweden. Finland was defeated 4-1 by Team North America on Sunday, possibly prompting some Tuukka Time for today’s game. However, Rask let in five goals against Sweden in pre-tournament play, so maybe Finland would be best served by allowing Pekka Rinne to shake off Sunday’s performance. Henrik Lundqvist should be recovered enough from the flu to take over for Jakob Markstrom, who was solid in Sweden’s...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 19, 2016

Monday World Cup Of Hockey: Czech Republic, Russia, And Must Win Games

Two early favorites fell behind the eight ball this weekend. Russia’s 2-1 loss to Sweden on Sunday was a heartbreaker for Alexander Ovechkin and his team. Having a goal called back with less than seven seconds to play isn’t how you want to wrap up your first game in the tournament (even if it was obviously played with the hand). Russia lacked intensity until it was absolutely needed, and it bit them in the butt. Still, even without much pressure on the Swedes, the Russians played an entertaining game. Today, they’re squaring off with a more entertaining team, Team North America. Team...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 19, 2016

Weekly Links - World Cup of Meh

And more Eddie Izzard! DID WE MISS ANYTHING?: There’s a link about the Patrik Berglund news later, so I guess not. [SLGT] THIS WEEK ON ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Ducks forward Rickard Rakell could not play for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey, so Blues forward Patrik Berglund replaced him. [SLGT] Other than that, things we as Blues fans should look for in that tournament. [SLGT] Here’s the TV schedule for that tournament. [SLGT] Here’s the Blues 63-man training camp roster. [SLGT] OTHER BLUES NEWS: Vladimir Sobotka, who is listed on the above training camp roster (as #9, by the...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 18, 2016

How to watch Sunday’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 games: Russia, Team North America debut

Let’s all just pretend yesterday’s Team USA game didn’t happen. If you turned your TV off halfway through Team USA’s awful 3-0 loss to Team Europe (who is the oldest team in the tournament, BTW) and vowed not to watch a minute more of the World Cup of Hockey, I would understand where you were coming from. If you watched Team Canada’s masterful 6-0 dismantling of the Czech Republic, complete with Alex Pietrangelo goal, you may have a different outlook on this tournament. No, not “give Canada the damn trophy already,” though I did have that thought last night. But if after...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 17, 2016

What Blues Fans Should Watch for in the World Cup

Watching Tarasenko and Panarin on play the same line feels so dirty. As the sort-of Olympics kick off today, here's a few things Blues fans ought to keep a look out for during the tournament: Berglund's offensive output with SwedenThe Blues have struggled with their lukewarm offense, and the lack of scoring support for Tarasenko has been downright criminal. They need bigger point production from their forwards, and we've been looking at you for a while, Iceberg. Patrick Berglund's callup after the injuries to Steen and Rakell wasn't surprising. He's performed well for Sweden in...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 17, 2016

How to watch Saturday’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 games: USA, Canada both in action

The real games of the tournament begin today Today marks the opening day of the World Cup of Hockey tournament, after exhibition matches were completed earlier this week. At 2:30, Team Europe (average age: 74) squares off against Team USA. Former Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak should be starting for Team Europe, who had a flat showing in the exhibition games. Team USA, who surprised Canada with a 4-2 win in their first exhibition matchup only to go on and lose the next matchup. Of course, the narrative for Team USA this tournament is somewhere between “brawn beats brains” and “this...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 16, 2016

Here’s The 2016 World Cup of Hockey TV Schedule

How many games will be on The Ocho? One perk to the World Cup of Hockey being on ESPN (aside from the return of the iconic NHL on ESPN theme music - hey, remember when ESPN broadcast NHL games?) is that ESPN has about ten different channels to broadcast the games on. Games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPNews, along with WatchESPN (but you’ll need a cable or satellite log-in for that one). Get ready for a hockey coma this weekend. The eight teams are broken down into two groups: Group A Team Canada Team Czech Republic Team Europe Team USA Group B Team Finland Team North...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2016

Blues Announce 63-Man Training Camp Roster

The season’s just around the corner. While we’re gearing up for the World Cup of Hockey this weekend (and praying no one gets injured), the Blues are gearing up for training camp, the pre-season, and in less than a month, the drop of the puck on the 2016-2017 season. The Blues released their 63-man training camp roster today. Practice begins Saturday morning at 10:00 at Scottrade Center, and is open to the public. Here’re the guys who will be attending the last camp under coach Ken Hitchcock - welcome back, Chris Porter and Yan Stastny! Forwards (35) Kenny Agostino Andrew...