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St. Louis Game Time 16 hours ago

Game Time Fantasy Leagues Are GO

It's time for that annual tradition: seeing how many players on your fantasy team wind up on IR. NOTE: I am not in charge of the keeper league this year due to time constraints. If you have questions about it or are interested in joining, please hit Grant up on Twitter at @GrantSales. Ok, gang - leagues have been renewed, and reminders to re-join leagues have been sent out. If you get a reminder, please renew your team by Wednesday, September 9th or else let me know through the league or as a post on here that you will not be joining us for another season. Those of you who are interested,...
St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago

Blues Announce 2015 Traverse City Tournament Roster

Some new and old faces will be squaring off in Michigan this month. This year's Traverse City roster has some familiar players on it that stand a good chance of cracking the Blues' roster this year. The tournament, which is held in Traverse City, Michigan, runs from September 11th through September 15th. From the Blues' website, here's the schedule of games. Mark your calendars. DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) RESULT Sept. 11 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 3 p.m.  Sept. 12 vs. New York Rangers 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Minnesota Wild 2 p.m. Sept. 15 TBD TBD Games should be aired...
St. Louis Game Time 21 hours ago

Wednesday Links - Benders

And not the kind from Futurama, or Eric Brewer. Also, an invite to camp and a point/counterpoint of sorts on Troy Brouwer. I wrote these while my head was still spinning from my first day at my new job, so bear with me. Also, surely our Prospect Department has a better German translation for "Good luck, Mr. Goc" than the one I posted from Google's translator. Or was I right, Herr Aussicht Abteilung? BLUES NEWS: As speculated over the weekend, the Blues are bringing Scottie Upshall to camp on a PTO. Hope he's willing to take a two-way deal. [StL Today / Morning Skate] Also, Marcel Goc...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 1, 2015

3rd Line Freak Out

Brower? Fabbri? Hull? By now, most serious Blues fans know that Berglund will be sidelines for atleast 4 months. Then he will be reevaluated, meaning he could then be out even longer. The timing of this injury could have been much much worse. We still have time to let things shake out before games matter.The question is, who replaces Berglund? Hildy wrote an article here asking why everyone is forgetting the new kid on the block, Troy Brouwer. I will agree with Hildy, that Troy is being almost completely dismissed by the fanbase. It could be any number of reasons. In this article, I will...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 1, 2015

Stop Forgetting About Troy Brouwer

Patrik Berglund's injury will involve some line-tweaking. Why do so many potential lines not take the Blues' newest addition into consideration? In case you missed it for whatever reason, Patrik Berglund has injured his shoulder again and should be out for at least four months, This has led to some speculation about who will play in his spot. Will it be Ty Rattie? Robby Fabbri? Current 13th forward Magnus Paajarvi? Scott Gomez (!)? Scotty Upshall (no)? The point to the speculation should be who could work best with the linemates that Berglund has the highest odds of playing with. Here is...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2015

Monday Links - Darth L. Jackson

People dying everywhere, and Darth L. Jackson has had enough of your Jedi shit. All that and more! A shitload of shit to cover, so let's not shit around here . . . I mean, shit. BLUES NEWS: Hockey Hall of Fame coach and the Blues' first Captain, Al Arbour, passed away Friday. He was 82. [SLGT] As they did last year, the Blues held an Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village to unofficially kick off a season that will end in abject disappointment as it always seems to do the hockey season. [In the Slot / Lou Korac] The AHL released its' master schedule last week. As Brian notes, the Wolves'...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 28, 2015

Wolves' 2015-16 Schedule Emphasizes Rivalries

68 of the Wolves' 76 regular-season games will be against Central Division opponents. The American Hockey League's 2015-16 schedule was released on Thursday, and for the Chicago Wolves, the emphasis is heavy on divisional rivalries. Of the 76 regular-season games the Wolves will play this year, 68 of those are against the other seven teams in the AHL's new Central Division. The Wolves will have eight meetings each with the Charlotte Checkers, Grand Rapids Griffins, Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters and Manitoba (Winnipeg) Moose, while facing the Iowa (Des Moines) Wild, Milwaukee Admirals and...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 28, 2015

Al Arbour Passes Away At Age 82

The four-time Stanley Cup winning coach spent six years with the Blues organization. Al Arbour, who led the New York Islanders to the Stanley Cup and created a dynasty, passed away today. He was 82. As coach of the St. Louis Blues from 1970 through 1973, he went 42-40-25, leading the Blues to the semi-finals in 1972. As a player, the defenseman was one of the original players to don the Note, helping guide the team to three consecutive Stanley Cup finals appearances. Sid Salomon III assessed Arbour as "a good sergeant, but he's not a general" shortly before firing him. A worse assessment...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 28, 2015

Friday Links - Beer O'Clock

It's now an official word. And all of GameTime rejoices! BLUES NEWS: In terrible Blues news, Patrik Berglund will undergo shoulder surgery and be re-evaluated in four months. [SLGT] The Blues have invited Scott Gomez to training camp. [SLGT] Aside from Gomez, the Blues have invited four more players to training camp for PTOs: Evan Trupp, Spencer Asuchak, Eriah Hayes, and Zach O`Brien. [Blues] Zach Pochiro is ready to make an impression at training camp. #Grit (s/t to HallPlante) [Blues] Former Blue (twice, technically) Adam Cracknell signed a two-way deal with the Canucks the other day....
St. Louis Game Time Aug 27, 2015

Blues Invite Scott Gomez To Training Camp

The former Devil is looking for a new team. Former New Jersey Devil Scott Gomez is currently an UFA. He is also 35. I will assume his inclusion in the following is either a professional courtesy or the work of Martin Brodeur. From the Blues' official website: St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has invited forwards Scott Gomez, Spencer Asuchak, Eriah Hayes, Zach O’Brien and Evan Trupp to their 2015 Training Camp on a professional tryout basis. Gomez, 35, is a 15-year NHL veteran with stints in New Jersey, New York...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 27, 2015

Patrik Berglund To Have Shoulder Surgery, Be Re-Evaluated In Four Months

The forward injured himself this summer. The season doesn't even have to be underway to get unfortunate news updates, it seems. Forward Patrik Berglund injured himself training this off-season, hurting the shoulder that he injured in 2013-2014. He will be evaluated in four months after undergoing shoulder surgery. Hopefully his right shoulder will be good to go after that time, and he will be able to re-join the team instead of needing further evaluation. For those keeping track, there are 42 days left until opening night. What does this mean? It more than likely means that Magnus Paajarvi...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 27, 2015

AHL Schedule To Be Released Today

The American Hockey League schedule is released at 1:00 PM Eastern today. We will be posting the Chicago Wolves' schedule, and comments, sometime later this evening.
St. Louis Game Time Aug 26, 2015

Wednesday Links - Stomach Ache Cures?

I'd rather have a cure for a team that plays like shit in the playoffs, thanks. BLUES NEWS: Part Four of Robb's "April Blues" series looks at the goaltending and whether or not they were at fault for the team's disappointing playoff exit at the hands of the Wild(s). [SLGT] Game Time's Prospect Department gives his perspective on Jeremy Rutherford's recent piece in the Post-Dispatch regarding prospects such as Dmitrij Jaskin and Petteri Lindbohm and how the team expects them to advance. [SLGT] Lindbohm also was involved with a silly video the Blues made for the beginning of informal skates....
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2015

Beyond Checkerdome #96: My Adidas

The latest episode is up and ready for whatever news is laying around Hello there, and welcome once again to another episode of Beyond Checkerdome. There's not much happening these days, but there are some notable stories. Of course we talk a little about the Kane situation, and what's happening in hockey twitter as a result. And the other big news event, the deal with NHL and Adidas and the possible ramifications for jersey ads. We have some fun connecting appropriate sponsors for various teams. Also, we attempt and fail spectacularly at cribbing off of another podcast. I guess there's...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2015

UPDATE: Kane Meets With Investigators

The latest in the saga of Patrick Kane ESPN released an article here detailing the latest in the saga of Patrick Kane. As we wrote earlier, Kane is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault of a female in his offseason home near Buffalo, New York. Investigators have kept this case close to their vests due to the high profile nature of their suspect and information has been slow to break. Neighbors had previously reported they witnessed investigators at Kane's home. ESPN now confirms that Kane has met in person with investigators. This investigation is being handled jointly between...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2015

The Blues' First Informal Skate Is A Bit Rusty

See, folks - people really do forget stuff over summer vacation. The Blues had their first informal skate today, and Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo, Troy Brouwer, and Petteri Lindbohm look like they've lost a little bit of their form. Day 1 of Informal Skates. The coaches have their work cut out for them. #stlblues #OurBlues A video posted by St. Louis Blues (@stlouisblues) on Aug 24, 2015 at 9:10am PDT Ok, a lot of their form. No worries, though! The guys were just being good sports/giving unobservant fans heart attacks. Our thanks to @apetro_27, @TroyBrouwer36, Petteri...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2015

Jaskin, Lindbohm Lead Blues' "Kiddie Korps"

The local paper, which has fallen far from the days when it was run by Joseph Pulitzer, isn't good for much except wrapping fish these days. But Jeremy Rutherford's coverage of the Blues is a bright spot, and JR outdoes himself today with some news and views on the kids looking to make an impact on the NHL roster this year. Jaskin, Lindbohm preparing for bigger roles with Blues When the Blues finalized last season’s opening-night roster in early October, forward Dmitrij Jaskin and defenseman Petteri Lindbohm were among the final four players re-assigned by the club. Jaskin, a second-round...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2015

The April Blues Part Four: Was it the goaltending?

Part four in our series breaking down the playoff failure of the 2014-15 St. Louis Blues. In this article, we take a look at the part (if any) that the Blues' goaltending played in the teams demise. With all of the advances in hockey statistics, goaltending performance is still the most difficult position to accurately measure and predict.  If you don't believe me, Travis Yost from TSN just wrote an article that illustrates this point quite nicely.  However, the good folks over at War on Ice have done a good job so far at trying to examine goal tending performance by focusing on shot...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2015

Monday Links - Seven Nation Dirge

More Postmodern Jukebox. BLUES NEWS: Game Time's Prospect Department looks forward to the Traverse City Tournament, which is less than a month away, and checks out which prospects the Blues will likely send to the tournament. [SLGT] A reader passed along a post from his own blog and wondered aloud why Blues fans seem so critical of Captain and all-around good dude David Backes as of late. [SLGT FanShots] Only a few spots remaining in the Midwest Hockey League, a Y! Fantasy league. I joined, so you get to kick my ass. So, do it! [SLGT FanShots] HOCKEY NEWS: Some dude does a listing of the...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 23, 2015

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: Countdown To Traverse City

Less than a month to go until the Baby Blues head north for the annual Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Here's a quick look at what we can expect from the Blues' prospects this year as they take on the young guns of the Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars, Red Wings, Rangers, Wild and Hurricanes. ♪♪♪♪♪ The St. Louis Blues have been sending a team of prospects to the Traverse City Prospect Tournament for as long as the tournament has been in existence. Back in the early years of the tourney, the Blues actually won the tournament championship in back-to-back years, but have not...

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