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2016 NHL Draft: How to watch online, TV coverage, start time

Tonight's the big night where adults dissect 18 year olds and plot their future. The 2016 NHL Draft is tonight, obviously. Coverage begins with a live stream on NHL.com at 4:00 Central Time; the draft itself starts at 6:00 Central. NBCSN will be broadcasting the draft, and there will be a livestream at NBCSN's Live Extra site for those of you not at home to watch. If you're not able to stream, not at home, and don't feel like trying to play follow along on Twitter, SB Nation has a great draft tracker set up. Make sure that you bookmark it. Will there be drama? Trades? Will Edmonton...
St. Louis Game Time 2 hours ago

2016 NHL Entry Draft Storystream: Four St. Louis Prospects Set To Go In First Round

Regardless of who the Blues draft, tonight'll be a big night for St. Louis hockey. What will the Blues do as the 2016 Draft opens today... Just so you all know, I still don't much care for this whiz-bang Chorus Beta stuff. I think it's meant solely to make things easier for the teeny-boppers who live with their noses glued to their "smart" phones, but whatever... More questions than answers as the Blues go into the first day of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Will they or won’t they trade Kevin Shattenkirk? Will they get a Top Ten pick out of Shattenkirk, so they can...
St. Louis Game Time 6 hours ago

2016 NHL Entry Draft: Day One Open Thread

As the Moody Blues once asked, “why do we never get an answer... when we’re knocking at the door...” What will the Blues do as the 2016 Draft opens today... Just so you all know, I still don't much care for this whiz-bang Chorus Beta stuff. I think it's meant solely to make things easier for the teeny-boppers who live with their noses glued to their "smart" phones, but whatever... More questions than answers as the Blues go into the first day of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Will they or won’t they trade Kevin Shattenkirk? Will they get a Top Ten pick out of...
St. Louis Game Time 22 hours ago

Blues Moves

A look at the 2 signings made thus far this off season. We are on the cusp of the NHL draft and open season for free agents. So far the Blues have re-signed 2 players on complete opposite spectrums of the game. Our 3 big question marks are still big question marks, and our puck moving defenseman looks to be on the move. First thing's first, our big 3. After stoking the fires saying he was our #1 priority in the off season, it has been radio silence from Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz is part of the new core, a young and very talented player who is a RFA. It would be the most foolish move of the...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 23, 2016

David Backes should get a chance to retire a Blue

Signing him to an extension of reasonable length this offseason would go a long way toward that end, but considering the shelf life of power forwards, it may end up being the last deal he signs. I've heard of worse ideas. David Backes has been with the Blues organization his entire career and has been a mainstay in the team's lineup since the 2006-07 season, which now spans almost an entire decade. Any memory of any Blues team in the last ten years probably begins with an image of David Backes being on that team. I preface this piece in this fashion because I don't actually believe the...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

Parayko 8th In Calder, Armstrong 5th in GM Voting

The Blues' impressive rookie defenseman garnered a first place vote. None of the Blues finished in the top three of awards voting tonight, but there are some pleasant surprises on the tickets. Here're where the Blues wound up in tonight's NHL Awards Voting: Calder Trophy: 1. Artemi Panarin, CHI 1258 (88-41-16-3-2)2. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 955 (33-53-42-12-8)3. Connor McDavid, EDM 858 (25-45-48-15-8)4. Jack Eichel, BUF 449 (2-9-25-72-25)5. Dylan Larkin, DET 170 (1-0-8-23-51)6. Max Domi, ARI 92 (0-2-2-12-32)7. John Gibson, ANA 62 (0-0-5-9-10)8. Colton Parayko, STL 52 (1-0-4-4-10)9. Sam...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

Vladimir Tarasenko Wins NHL 17 Cover Vote

The Blues' superstar will be on the cover of EA Sports' hockey flagship next year. It came down between Joe Pavelski and Vladimir Tarasenko, and while one might've won the Western Conference Championship, the other won the prize that really matters: the NHL 17 Cover Vote! No, wait, winning the West probably matters more. Semantics, whatever. Regardless, Tarasenko will be the first Blue to grace the cover of one of EA Sports' NHL games since Chris Pronger did in 2000. The cover vote was decided by the fans, who voted on Twitter using the #NHLTarasenko hashtag and on EA Sports'...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards Open Thread

We all need someplace to enjoy professional sports' most awkward award show. Tonight at the NHL Awards, we may be blessed enough to see another moment like this: Or we'll see a moment like whatever the hell this was: My money is on the latter of the two. Welcome to your NHL Awards open thread. Throughout the night I'll have some posts going if one of the Blues actually did well in the voting (but not well enough to land in the top three), and hopefully we can all celebrate Vladimir Tarasenko getting his photo on NHL 17. The NHL Awards: come for the bad joke writing, stay for the bad joke...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

Blues Resign Upshall to One Year Contract Extention

But is his penalty-killing worth stealing ice time away from Rattie? The St.Louis Blues have resigned NHL journeyman forward Scottie Upshall to a one year deal for $900,000. From the team's official press release: ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Scottie Upshall. Upshall, who joined the Blues as a free agent last summer, would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Fort McMurray, Alberta native played in 70 games for the Blues last season, scoring six goals and eight assists (14 points) to go along with a plus-5...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards Storystream: Vegas, Baby

The only Blue who might be awarded tonight is Vladimir Tarasenko for the NHL 17 cover. The NHL Awards are usually never not an awkward affair, punctuated by moments of unintentional hilarity, like "Lindstrom," whoever the hell that guy was, and some of the most awful acceptance speeches and introductions ever. Also, bad music. This year Will Arnett's back as host, which is nice because he's an actual hockey fan as opposed to some of the other hosts we've seen in the past. Some band called the X Ambassadors are the musical guest, and believe it or not, they're not terrible. The presenters...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards: Finalists, start time, live stream and how to watch

No Blues are up for awards tonight, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be watching. The NHL Awards are usually never not an awkward affair, punctuated by moments of unintentional hilarity, like "Lindstrom," whoever the hell that guy was, and some of the most awful acceptance speeches and introductions ever. Also, bad music. This year Will Arnett's back as host, which is nice because he's an actual hockey fan as opposed to some of the other hosts we've seen in the past. Some band called the X Ambassadors are the musical guest, and believe it or not, they're not terrible. The presenters...
Hockey Wilderness Jun 22, 2016

Blues looking for forward depth draft Boris Katchouk

The first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is this Friday! We’ve been making our way through the draft, making picks for teams, and with just 3 picks left we land here. With the 27 pick in the 2016 Hockey Wilderness Mock Draft, the St. Louis Blues select... The St. Louis Blues enjoyed a deep run into the playoffs this season. While that is all well and good, it means for them, they’ll have to wait till the 27th overall pick in this years draft to find that next big name to come strolling down the Blues pipeline. At this position in the draft a player who fills a teams needs is probably...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 21, 2016

Blues Release 2016-2017 Schedule

It’s time to start focusing on next season. As released yesterday, the Blues begin the season with a road and home, back to back game set between the Chicago Blackhawks on October 12th, and the Minnesota Wild at home on the 13th. The schedule gets no easier from here on out. Here’s the complete released schedule. Some highlights: Blues/Blackhawks for the first game. Playoff narrative! Rivalry! Probably going to be broadcast on NBCSN! The Blues’ll be hosting their once upon a time rival, the Detroit Red Wings, on October 27th. Is it just me, or is it less exciting to hate them now...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 20, 2016

Blues Home Opener Scheduled for October 13th

Mark your calendars, people. The NHL has announced the home openers for all 30 teams today. The Blues' 50th anniversary season begins on the road on October 12th against the Chicago Blackhawks, in a bit of scheduling that writers everywhere will incorporate into some playoff rematch narrative, because of course the first game of the season is the exact same thing as a seven game playoff series. In a bit of scheduling that makes me more than a tad trepidatious, the Blues return home and open at Scottrade the following day. Is this the first of many back to backs for the Blues this season?...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 20, 2016

Weekly Links - 2016 Sucks

Cool people need to stop dying. ICYMI SLGT POSTS: Mike Yeo is now an assistant coach for the Blues and is slated to take Hitchcock' s place as head coach after next season. [SLGT] Mike Yeo discusses his new role with the Blues with Chris Kerber. [SLGT] Beyond Checkerdome Episode #128, "YeoLO", is now available. [SLGT] The Blues have signed Dmitrij Jaskin for two more years. [SLGT] The Blues announce their 2016 preseason schedule. We will definitely be attending the game in KC. [SLGT] CCR brings you NHL Award winners that won't happen...but should. [SLGT] Buffa82 discusses the David...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 19, 2016

Beyond Checkerdome #128: YeoLO

The latest episode is up and welcomes Mike Yeo to the 'Lou Hello there Blues fans! More time has passed, and more news has happened. The biggest news (to date) around these parts are the hiring of Mike Yeo as Associate coach and heir-apparent, and also Rick Wilson as the assistant coach. That fills two of the recent vacancies, and also sets up what happens in the post-Hitchcock era. Also, there's the new contract for Dmitrij Jaskin, but no news on the other free agents. Other league hirings include Brad Shaw in Columbus, and Randy Carlyle in -LOL- Anaheim. This time of year also brings...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 19, 2016

The David Backes talks: Summer school for Blues fans

If you are a hopeful St. Louis Blues fan expecting the team to swiftly sign heart and soul captain David Backes quickly this offseason, put down the kool aid. It’s not happening. This isn’t a nice and easy signing like Dmitrj Jaskin or Joel Edmundson where the team has more control and the player just says, “that’s cool, I’ll sign.” Backes is a franchise type player looking at one big deal to close out his career. He’s coming off another solid season where he wasn’t the guy or a top line forward and still produced a 20 goal season. He was a competitor for the Selke Trophy...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 17, 2016

Friday Six-Pack: NHL Awards That Won't Happen, But Definitely Should

People get way too invested in NHL Awards, but here are a few things I'd like to see The trade market is already heating up and everyone is getting ready for another exciting NHL Draft, but before we get to those big moments we have the NHL Awards. This year the NHL Awards will be at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas (an actual NHL town!) and will be hosted by Will Arnett. They will be televised live on Wednesday June 22 on NBCSN and Sportsnet, starting 6PM St Louis time. The only musical act that has been announced so far is X Ambassadors, who I've never heard of (not that it means much,...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 17, 2016

Blues Announce 2016 Pre-Season Schedule

The schedule features matchups against the Blackhawks and Capitals. Some folks around these parts are avowed pre-seasons haters. Some of us are not. Some see it as pretend hockey, some see it as a chance to get a good look at prospects in a game situation. Some of us just view it as a welcome sign that the season’s around the corner, and any reason to get into Scottrade is a good reason, right? The Blues’ pre-season begins with a split squad matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 25th, just a little over three months away. The pre-season features three games at Scottrade...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 16, 2016

Blues Sign Dmitrij Jaskin To Two Year Contract Extension

Ken Hitchcock's current doghouse resident will be back. The first major news of the off-season as far as player personnel goes involves... Dmitrij Jaskin. This isn’t necessarily the contract extension fans were clamoring for. However, it is a reasonable deal. General Fanager has the unconfirmed contract amount at just a million dollars a season, after which Jaskin becomes a RFA. This is a modest raise from his previous one year deal salary of $775,000. From the Blues’ official press release: St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced...

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