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St. Louis Blues Prospect Camp Starts Today

Grab your jersey and head down to the St. Louis Outlet Mall. I know this off-season has been rough for some fans, and that another early-round exit makes it difficult to get excited about hockey-related stuff. I know, I'm sure you've seen my frustrations in some of my posts. One thing that fans CAN get excited about is the prospect camp, which starts today at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. Practices start at 2:00, and 4-on-4 scrimmages begin at 3:15. The kids've been broken down into two teams: Team Tkachuk and Team MacInnis. The Blues have a roster printout for you to download, so make sure...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2015

T.J. Oshie Surprises Sad Little Blues Fan

We've all seen the video of the little girl who was upset about Teej getting traded. We've all seen the video of the little five year old girl, Libby, who was pretty upset. If not, here you go. It's understandable for little kids to be sad when their favorite player is traded away. Most little kids, though, don't get a chance to talk to that favorite player about the situation... or swimming pools. TSN gave Libby and her dad a chance to talk about being a Blues fan (Libby is speechless at points, which probably puts her in the same boat as most of us at one point or another) and about why...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 4, 2015

Bernie Miklasz Is Through With T.J. Oshie

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist veritably kicks T.J. Oshie in the nuts before he heads to Washington in Thursday's trade. When we last heard from St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz--at least as it regards to the Blues--he was wondering why the Blues front-office would dare try to find a coach better than Ken Hitchcock. It's so unfair! Trying to get rid of a guy that's failed four times! WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO DO SUCH A THING?!?! With that as a backdrop, you could see this morning's column coming. As we know, St. Louis heart-throb forward T.J. Oshie was traded...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 4, 2015

Independence Day Links - PBR is 'Merica

SB Nation auto-tag does not like Ryan O'Reilly. BLUES NEWS: The Blues sign Jake Allen to a two-year deal. [SLGT] Dmitrij Jaskin has signed a one-year contract extension. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Joel Ward has signed with the San Jose Sharks for three years, a $9.825 million deal. [Puck Daddy] The Buffalo Sabres sign Ryan O`Reilly to a seven-year, $52.5 million contract. [Puck Daddy] Brandon Saad signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets for six years and $36 million. [Puck Daddy] Connor McDavid officially signs his entry-level deal with the Oilers. [Puck Daddy] Hailstorm Brewing out of Tinley...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 3, 2015

Blues Sign Goaltender Jake Allen To Two-Year Contract

Jake the Snake is getting a bridge deal. This isn't the long-term contract deal that some folks may have been expecting. Instead, it fits in nicely with the Blues' trend this off-season: one to two year deals. There's been speculation that's to make it easy for a tweak at a later date if major changes need to be made, but for this year's All Rookie Team goalie, that probably isn't the case. BREAKING: #stlblues announce re-signing of Jake Allen to a two-year extension. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 3, 2015 Allen is coming off of a two year, two way contract that paid him...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 3, 2015

Friday Links - Oshie Feels

We get another player with a name no one will be able to spell…Pheonix (yes, it is e before o). BLUES NEWS: T.J. Oshie feels!!! Oshie has been traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third round pick. [SLGT ; Puck Daddy ; Puck Daddy ; Puck Daddy] The Blues signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a one-year $900,000 deal. [SLGT] Robert Bortuzzo has been signed to a new contract. [SLGT] The Blues sign former Sioux Danny Kristo to a one-year two-way deal. [The AHL] HOCKEY NEWS: Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 seasons. [Puck Daddy] Once...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2015

Blues Sign Forward Kyle Brodziak

The former Wild will be centering the fourth line. The Blues have signed former Minnesota Wild center Kyle Brodziak to a one year deal as a replacement for Marcel Goc. The Blues have agreed to a one-year deal with forward Kyle Brodziak. >>> http://t.co/egLJ141V0x #OurBlues #stlblues pic.twitter.com/QLRhJpSCCG — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 3, 2015 After a day where many questioned the T.J. Oshie trade for various and sundry reasons, this signing doesn't offer up much grist for the mill. Kyle Brodziak 7th in #mnwild history in games, 8th in points, was Chuck Fletcher's...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2015

Blues Trade T.J. Oshie To Washington Capitals For Troy Brouwer, Pick, And Prospect

This may be the epitome of a "trade for trade's sake." Everyone knew that T.J. Oshie was on the trade block. It was not a well kept secret. At all. The deal that went down today was still a surprise. The Blues have traded TJ Oshie to the WSH Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Phoenix Copley, & a 3rd round pick in 2016. — KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) July 2, 2015 Oshie got traded in an apples for apples deal for a goaltending prospect, a third round pick next year, and Troy Brouwer. The shootout specialist and playoff underperformer has been replaced by a former Blackhawks player who scored his...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2015

Blues Sign Robert Bortuzzo To New Contract

Bortuzzo quickly became a fan favorite last season after his acquisition at the trade deadline. Robert Bortuzzo was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a deal that sent long suffering (depending on your definition of such) defenseman Ian Cole to the Eastern Conference. Bortuzzo became a fan favorite with his rough, stand up play at the blueline and his propensity to defend teammates. Bortuzzo's new contract with the Blues ensures that the team has their seven defensemen for next season. It also at the very least ensures a rotation between him and Chris Butler for the sixth spot; at...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2015

Thursday Links - Medieval Help Desk

I hear some things happened yesterday. BLUES NEWS: Are the Blues shopping Kevin Shattenkirk? [SLGT] Beyond Checkerdome #92 "Knows Picks" is up and ready for a listen. [SLGT] Barret Jackman has signed with the Nashville Predators. [SLGT; Puck Daddy] Jori Lehtera signs a 3-year extension worth $14.1 million. [SLGT] Zbynek Michalek signed with the Arizona Coyotes. [SLGT] The Blues re-sign defenseman Chris Butler one year, one way $675,000. [SLGT] The Blues and Vladimir Tarasenko are super close to a deal. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: In shocking news, Jack Eichel will not be returning to Boston...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

Are The Blues Shopping Kevin Shattenkirk?

Rumors are everywhere this morning. Tweet carefully, my friends/ Today's a day filled with speculation and rumors, which means that you can't believe crap that you read until something happens. So far the Blues have been linked with the Islanders and the Flyers, and nothing's materialized. This, though, this caught fans' attention ASAP. I would NOT rule out possibility of Blues entertaining idea of trading Shattenkirk. He has 2 more years left on his deal at 4.25m AAV (1/2) — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 1, 2015 Shattenkirk will be due a substantial raise & it will be a...
Winging It In Motown Jul 1, 2015

Blues Reportedly Shopping Kevin Shattenkirk, A Potential Trade Target for Red Wings

DETROIT, MICH -- It's been reported that the St. Louis Blues are open to entertaining the idea of trading right-shooting defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk: I would NOT rule out possibility of Blues entertaining idea of trading Shattenkirk. He has 2 more years left on his deal at 4.25m AAV (1/2) — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 1, 2015 Shattenkirk will be due a substantial raise & it will be a lot of money allotted to a defense which already has Petro/Bouw signed long-term. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 1, 2015 Shattenkirk is likely one of the best...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

Beyond Checkerdome #92: Knows Picks

The latest podcast is up and packed ... and nowhere to go Well, it looks like the big draft-day trade that everyone was expecting for the Blues didn't actually happen. That's OK, though, because that means we have a fresh crop of youngsters to talk about this week. Six shiny new prospects that can now wear the Bluenote proudly (including one that probably already did). In addition to the picks, there were several trades by the other teams, so we talk about those - including a bit of a rant about Masshole journalists. We also cover the NHL awards and the loopholes that GMs can exploit. Give...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

Jori Lehtera Signs Three-Year Contract Extension With Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz's center will be with the team for three more seasons. The Blues' surprisingly busy day continues. The team has extended Jori Lehtera's contract. Three more years! >>> http://t.co/4qWXsrw34V #OurBlues #stlblues pic.twitter.com/v6Zj7nehOb — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 1, 2015 The stats line in that infographic is why he is getting this: Lehtera's deal is a 3 years, $14.1 million ($4.7 AAV). He will be paid $4.4 in 2016-17, $4.7 million in '17-18, $5 million in '18-19. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 1, 2015 He's getting...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

Blues Re-Sign UFA Defenseman Chris Butler

The hometown guy gets another shot to be a 7th defenseman. The Blues might be going in a different direction with their defense, as signified by letting Barret Jackman hit the UFA market today and giving Robert Bortuzzo a qualifying offer, but there is room on the team for a known quantity. Chris Butler has been re-signed, presumably as a 7th defenseman. The Blues have agreed to terms on a new contract for defenseman Chris Butler. #OurBlues #stlblues pic.twitter.com/OTkP7Mhi54 — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 1, 2015 Butler played serviceably well once he got his druthers. He...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

NHL Free Agency 2015 Open Thread: Where Does Barret Jackman Go?

The cynic in me says that's what most of you guys are interested in. Yesterday the twitter rumors had Barret Jackman linked to the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, because why the hell wouldn't Jax go to a team within the Central? My money's on the Hawks, because he needs to win a Cup as soon as possible after spending his entire career with the Blues. That's how these things work, right? Anywho, here are the Blues' UFAs who could be going elsewhere today: Barret Jackman Marcel Goc Olli Jokinen Chris Porter Chris Butler Zbynek Michalek Adam Cracknell and a few guys on the...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2015

Wednesday Links - Because #Merica!

That's all you really need to know, but click on things anyway. BLUES NEWS: Hildy posted a purely hypothetical trade possibility with the Blue Jackets involving Kevin Shattenkirk (The Cannon started it, actually, so blame them), and I don't think we liked it. [SLGT] The expected became official: Vladimir Sobotka will stay in the KHL for the 2015-16 season. [SLGT FanShots] The Stay or Go Series continues with Blues Captain David Backes . . . which, seems moot. [SLGT] Chris Pronger--who was just traded to the Coyotes the other day--is one of seven Hockey Hall of Fame selections. Phil...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 30, 2015

Alex Semin On Waivers, Will Be Bought Out: Should The Blues Make A Play?

This one could be interesting. We already have had our question about the Blues going after Mike Richards answered, but today brought a couple more players waived for the purpose of being bought out. The Florida Panthers waived Brad Boyes for whatever reason - his play was fine and he wasn't super expensive. The Carolina Hurricanes waived Alexander Semin. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise: check out the drop off in stats after the coaching change from Kirk Muller to Bill Peters: He's never going to reach that 40 goal season again, so don't dwell on his numbers with the...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 29, 2015

Chris Pronger Selected As Part Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame's Class Of 2015

The former Blues defenseman hasn't officially retired, but that doesn't matter. He's hall of fame material. Earlier this week, Chris Pronger (or, more accurately, his contract), was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes. Of course, this set off a debate about cap circumvention and other economic fudgery, but what was frustrating was to see Pronger's name treated as a punchline of sorts, a what not to do case for the NHL. He's not the case, his contract is. Today Chris Pronger is an example of a circumvention of a different kind. He hasn't retired due to cap considerations, so he's getting paid to...

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