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"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: Your Top Ten Blues' Prospects

Here they are... as determined by the "Game Time" readership. ... After almost a month of voting -- and a phenomenal response by the "Game Time" readership -- Your GTPD is pleased to present the 2016-17 edition of the St. Louis Blues' Top Ten Prospects, as determined by you, the readers of this top-notch website... ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪ (See, I told you I was gonna make this look prettier next time...) Ville HUSSO 1. Goaltender,...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2016

Blues Announce Leadership Group

The team’s leadership group for 2016-2017 has been set. Remember this summer when trade speculation swirled around Kevin Shattenkirk? It appears that the Blues have found a way to make up for shopping one of their star defensemen: he’s an assistant captain for this season. The Blues, while announcing the captaincy of Alex Pietrangelo today, also announced the leadership group for 2016-2017. It’s hard to argue with who they chose. As opposed to last year, the team has decided to go with four assistant captains. Alexander Steen retains an A, while Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny, and...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2016

Jay Bouwmeester To Replace Duncan Keith On Team Canada

The Blues get another on the World Cup of Hockey rosters. Duncan Keith was on Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster. Duncan Keith is also still nursing a knee injury, and the Blackhawks don’t want to risk any further injury to their star defenseman. What is Doug Armstrong to do? Replace Keith with his own defenseman, of course! Jay Bouwmeester has experience in international play, including a 2014 gold medal in Sochi. He’s also a lefty like Keith. Oh, and partner/future Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo is also on Team Canada. It would’ve been shocking for Armstrong to not name him...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2016

Alex Pietrangelo Will Wear The 'C' Next Season

Ontario native set to become Blues captain after Backes' departure Looks like the front office took some of Gametime's advice to heart and made the right choice for the vacant captaincy. Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch has reported that the Blues will award the honor to Petro during a press conference on Thursday. The Blues say they will have a "major announcement" on Thursday afternoon, and the Post-Dispatch has learned that it will be to name the club's 21st captain. Alex Pietrangelo will be awarded the "C" in a press conference at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center. The captaincy became...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 23, 2016

Vladimir Sobotka: From Russia without love

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Sobotka has 35 goals and 88 assists in 381 career NHL games. No one is launching a thousand ships over this player’s future. Is he returning to the team or not? Sobotka is leading the team and its fanbase on with this offseason circus and I’ve had enough. Cut the rope. Let him go. The preseason is nearly upon the horizon, and this third winger can’t make up his mind. As Paul McCartney sang at Busch Stadium this month, let it be. Earlier this summer, it was reported Sobe was coming back. Then, the lights dimmed a bit on his return and the road got...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 22, 2016

Chicago Wolves Release 2016-2017 Schedule

For those of you who follow the Blues’ AHL Affiliate, here’s this seasons schedule. For those of you around these parts who follow the Blues’ AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves, the AHL released their schedule today. Here’re the Wolves’ games. Plan your trips to Rockford accordingly. Fri 10/14/16 7:00 PM @ Grand Rapids Sat 10/15/16 7:00 PM Grand Rapids Wed 10/19/16 7:00 PM Milwaukee Sat 10/22/16 7:00 PM @ San Antonio Sun 10/23/16 3:00 PM @ San Antonio Fri 10/28/16 7:00 PM @ Rockford Sat 10/29/16 7:00 PM Rockford Sun 10/30/16 4:00 PM Cleveland Fri 11/4/16 7:00 PM @ Milwaukee Sat 11/5/16...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 22, 2016

Weekly Links - The Triumphant Return

...or not. We've been away doing things like watching the sunrise: Kate Atwood ...checking out old historic cemeteries: Kate Atwood ...and eating lots of seafood: Kate Atwood ...but back to the real world. *sigh* ICYMI SLGT: SobeSobe drama. [SLGT] Petro is, like, the 16th best defenseman in the league. [SLGT] Cam Janssen has returned to StL. [SLGT] The Blues' top 5 prospects, as chosen by you. [SLGT] BLUES NEWS: Here's a look at the Blues and Blackhawks Winter Classic logos. [CBS Sports] Ducks forward Rickard Rakell is...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 20, 2016

A last minute guide to the modern pentathlon

The Modern Pentathlon is my favorite summer Olympics competition. I am an evangelist for the modern pentathlon and hope that you will join me in watching the final portion of the men’s event today at 1pm EDT. What is the Modern Pentathlon? The Modern Pentathlon combines five seemingly incongruent events all competed on the same day: Shooting Swimming Fencing Equestrian show jumping Cross-country running Why these five events? The Modern Pentathlon is an updated version of the pentathlon competition in the ancient Olympics. The concept of the event is best summed up as “what if a...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 18, 2016

What Is Going On With Vladimir Sobotka?

There should not be this much drama concerning a third-line center. It’s been assumed that Vladimir Sobotka would be leaving the KHL and returning to the Blues for the 2016-2017 season. Is this an exciting development for the team? Eh. Sobotka would be a welcome addition, but after the off-season that the Blues had, losing David Backes to the Boston Bruins and Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames, some fans were hoping for some more exciting news than “Sobe’s back.” Well, this doesn’t qualify as exciting news, but the current drama around Sobotka’s return qualifies as interesting...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 16, 2016

Change in the House of Hitch

'Significant change' coming to coaching strategy for the Blues, but will it be 'reckless' enough? After losing Brad Shaw and Kirk Mueller, the St.Louis Blues will be retooling their neutral zone strategy heading into training camp. From The Hockey News: Following an off-season of change that has seen St. Louis say farewell to some key players, Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford that the most notable alterations will be made to the way the Blues play in the neutral zone. The departures of David Backes and Troy Brouwer make the team smaller in stature —...
Hockey Wilderness Aug 15, 2016

The St. Louis Blues look to take the next step with a familiar face

Current projected cap space: 3.3 million 2015-16 Record: 49-24-9 107 pts The St. Louis Blues made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they lost in 6 games to the San Jose Sharks. The Blues are a team with an interesting history as well. In their 48 years of existence they have missed the playoffs just 8 times plus 1 season lost to a lockout. In their first 3 seasons, they were swept out of the Cup Final by the Canadiens twice and the Bruins once. They have not been back to the Cup Final since. For a lot of Wild fans, the most interesting move the Blues have made in the...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 14, 2016

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: The Fab Five

After two weeks of fan voting, we've identified the Blues' top five prospects for the 2016-17 season. Five down, fifteen to go to round out our Top 20. ... It's taken a couple of weeks, and a "do-over" of sorts, but here at last are the Blues' Top Five prospects as we head into the 2016-17 season. Our initial polling indicated a landslide of support for Finnish import Ville Husso as the Blues' top prospect for the coming season, and another European import drafted two rounds ahead of Husso in 2014 has finished as the runner-up. Here, in order, are the Blues' top five prospects for the...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 14, 2016

Cam Janssen Retires, Comes Back to St. Louis

The former enforcer will have some sort of role in the Blues organization. After helping his team win the Challenge Cup, Nottingham Panthers forward and Eureka native Cam Janssen has decided to hang up his skates. Yes, Cam Janssen was on a team that won a championship. Yes, Cam Janssen’s retirement is being called a “bombshell.” This article from The Cat’s Whiskers, which is a Panthers blog, writes about Janssen’s retirement in words best reserved for players like Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, and the greats of the game. I can’t tell if they just really loved Cam that much or if the...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 11, 2016

Gary Bettman dishes on the 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium

How did it happen, Mr. Bettman? As the press event at Busch Stadium on the 2017 Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up, I had to ask NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman when he knew it was moving away from a dreamy idea and into a realistic scenario. That’s right. This STLGT bald warrior walked across the third base line grass towards Bettman and his handler(also bald and scanning my chest for press ID) to get the honest scoop after all the lovey dovey nature finished and the glad handing had ceased. Bettman’s response started with a tired cliche but...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 10, 2016

Blues Release Pre-Season Schedule

Get ready to plan a road trip to Kansas City. I know pre-season hockey is always a contentious topic around here. Some folks love it, some hate it. Some think it’s a chance to watch the kids/PTOs give it all they have, others consider it fake hockey and resent the fact that they have to pay for pre-season games as part of their season ticket holder packages. I understand both perspectives. Personally, I get frustrated at the lack of video feed of the games, because as awesome as listening on the radio to Chase and Kerbs is, I’d like a chance to visually evaluate the players. Whatever...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 9, 2016

Let’s Choose The Blues’ Winter Classic Alumni Roster

Who would you like to see put on the Note again on New Year’s Eve? The Blues announced their first four alumni who will be lacing their skates up on New Year’s Eve: Brett Hull, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis, and Chris Pronger. The rest of the team will be announced later on, closer to the game day. The Blues have a long list of alumni, many of them fan favorites, many hall of famers. I’m pretty sure that we all have some of the old guys we want to see out there play a game of shinny, be it because they were before our time, or because they are examples of our time. Personally, I’d...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 9, 2016

First Blues’ Winter Classic Alumni Game Participants Announced

Hull, Federko, MacInnis, and Pronger all return. One of the more exciting part of the Winter Classic is the Alumni Game, because while it’s one thing to watch a regular season game outdoors with guys you watch play all of the time, it’s another thing to watch legends that you may’ve missed their first go round - or the heroes of your childhood, depending on your age - out there in a game of shinny. Sure, it doesn’t compare to the excitement of being at The Arena, but let’s admit it - seeing Brett Hull playing hockey in the Blue Note again is pretty damned awesome. Full lineups...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 8, 2016

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: One Down, 19 To Go...

By an overwhelming margin, "Game Time" readers have named Finnish netminder Ville Husso as the Blues' top prospect for 2016-17. The picture is a little less clear after that... ..... "Game Time" readers have spoken... and they spoke loud and clear in favor of the latest "Goalie Of The Future" in the Blues' organization. Almost three hundred of you cast votes in our initial poll of the Blues' top prospects for the 2016-17 season, and almost half of the respondents selected Helsinki native Ville Husso as the Blues' top prospect for the upcoming season. Husso received 129 votes of the 277...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 3, 2016

First Look At EA Sports NHL 17

We got a chance to play the game early and talk to one its makers. I'm old. I played NHL 94. In 1993. It was on the Sega Genesis in a second floor dorm room in all male Dobson Hall on the campus of Northeast Missouri State University. Times change. Dobson is co-ed (and coincidentally smells a lot better), Northeast is now Truman State. And the Sega Genesis makes a good doorstop compared to what the PS4 and Xbox One can now do. Next month, EA Sports' NHL 17 will hit store shelves and be available for download. You may have heard that Vladimir Tarasenko is on the cover of the game. That might...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 3, 2016

ESPN Releases World Cup of Hockey Schedule

Get ready for some summer distraction before training camps start. ESPN is the network that will be broadcasting the World Cup of Hockey, so get ready for the old NHL on ESPN theme and the feelings of nostalgia that comes with it. The World Cup of Hockey kicks off on September 17th at 3:30 Eastern with the USA taking on Europe (aka guys whose countries don't have enough players for an entire team). ESPN will broadcast at least 16 games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS. The Ocho will be showing collegiate bowling. Here's the full schedule. All times Eastern: Date Time...