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Jay Bouwmeester injured during Sunday’s training camp session

Jay Bouwmeester injured during Sunday’s training camp session

And another one bites the dust. Someone wrap these guys in bubble wrap. Zach Sanford went down on day one of camp; Jay Bouwmeester was injured on day three. By the end of camp, we may be down to Louie and the guy who launders the towel. From the Post-Dispatch: Yeo didn't think the injury was serious but didn't want to put a timetable on Bouwmeester's return at this point. He said Bouwmeester had a medical appointment scheduled for further evaluation. "It's serious enough that he has to go see a doctor, and serious enough that we kept him off the ice," Yeo said. "So I definitely don't want...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 16, 2017
Who will center the Blues’ lines to start the season?

Who will center the Blues’ lines to start the season?

This seems to be the big question heading into training camp. Training camp wouldn’t be training camp without questions. Who will get cut? What rookie will be the next to pull a Colton Parayko? How much faster can Vladimir Tarasenko even be? This year, the big question as camp starts seems to be who Mike Yeo will have centering his four lines. Tom Timmerman asked the question recently, and Mike Yeo appeared to answer it by having Robby Fabbri back at his old position. Fabbri was centering Tage Thompson and Magnus Paajarvi yesterday. It’s a foregone conclusion, as Timmerman points out,...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2017
Blues open training camp, promptly break Zach Sanford

Blues open training camp, promptly break Zach Sanford

That was quick. Welcome to the home stretch of the off-season. The Blues opened their 2017 training camp in Hazelwood today, and suffered their first casualty. Let’s all have a moment of silence for Zach Sanford, who was checked into the boards by Dmitrij Jaskin: Blues coach Mike Yeo said there would be an update on Sanford on Saturday, but that it was certainly a painful incident. "I think we all saw him go into the boards there and he was pretty uncomfortable," Yeo said. "He was certainly in some discomfort." The Blues haven’t released his status, but if Sanford misses a period of...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 13, 2017
2017 Traverse City Prospect Tournament: Blues’ Recap

2017 Traverse City Prospect Tournament: Blues’ Recap

The Baby Blues won three of four games at Traverse City this year, but only managed a fifth-place finish. Klim Kostin, Adam Musil, Tage Thomson, Niko Mikkola, and Jake Walman. Keep those names in your memory banks, folks, because that could very well be the Blues’ starting lineup in about five years. These are the players who have stood out the most at this year’s Traverse City tourney... and they are also players who made a strong impression at the Development Camp back in July. This year’s Blues squad was led behind the bench by Blues’ development coach Barrett Jackman and Tulsa...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 11, 2017
Vladimir Tarasenko talks the upcoming season, ping pong with NHL Tonight

Vladimir Tarasenko talks the upcoming season, ping pong with NHL Tonight

Only the important topics. I’m assuming that you’re either watching the Traverse City game against the Blue Jackets this afternoon, or you’re cursing the NHL.com out of market blackout. If you’re doing the latter, and you want some Blues hockey to tide you over, Vladimir Tarasenko was on NHL Tonight to discuss the upcoming season and, uh, his ping pong game against Jeremy Roenick? The NHL Media Tour is a weird thing, man. Believe it or not, they spend longer talking about his ping pong game (“I’d rather chill in the locker room when I play hockey”) and his trip in a F1 car...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 10, 2017
The Hangover With J.R. Mannigel

The Hangover With J.R. Mannigel

Blues prospect tourney, Rutherford goes to the Athletic and training camp is set to start. So I have been kicking around this idea for awhile now. When I first started this little hobby of mine I had one purpose in mind, to give myself the space and opportunity to rant and rejoice about the team, and sport, that I love. And to meet some really cool people in the process. Okay, that is two purposes but I think they kind of go hand in hand. Somewhere along the way I lost my direction and this is my chance to get back on track. It used to be that sports blogging (or any blogging for that...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 9, 2017
Blues training camp begins September 15th

Blues training camp begins September 15th

Mark your calendars! August is a long month for hockey fans, which makes September a welcome change. There’s less than a month left until the season starts, and NHL teams are heading back to camp before preseason. The Blues’ training camp begins on September 15th at the Ice Zone up at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. As the only major tenant of the mall right now, the Blues are the sole reason to head up to Hazelwood. Mark your calendars and make a day of it. The Blues will have fifty players there to start camp off. Best of luck to the guys fighting for a roster spot. ...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 7, 2017
Original Blue Noel Picard Passes Away

Original Blue Noel Picard Passes Away

He died yesterday at age 78. Noel Picard was lucky. To begin his career with the storied Montreal Canadiens and to win a Stanley Cup in his first season (in 1965) is something that few NHL players are able to experience. Being an original member of an expansion franchise is also an experience unique to only a few players. Tripping Bobby Orr as he scores a Stanley Cup winning goal against your team? Well, that’s an experience that belongs to Noel Picard and to Noel Picard alone. Picard passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Blues legend Bobby Plager had this to say about his...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 6, 2017
Jake Allen goes even more retro for new mask

Jake Allen goes even more retro for new mask

One of the nice things about the season creeping closer is the release of new goalie gear. Last season, Jake Allen wore old-school colors for his Winter Classic pads to match the uniforms, and he decided to hold on to them for the rest of the season. Sure, they didn’t match the traditional jerseys, but they brought him luck and looked good. This year Jake has a mask that matches, and would’ve been better suited for the Winter Classic jerseys (that we won’t see this year because Adidas). Regardless of coordination possibilities, it’s cool. From the Blues’ official site: "Stick...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2017
Blues’ Last Three First-Round Picks Head Traverse City Roster

Blues’ Last Three First-Round Picks Head Traverse City Roster

Klim Kostin, Robert Thomas, and Tage Thompson among 24 prospects and free agents to wear the ‘Note at the 2017 prospect tournament. The Blues will make their annual Labor Day trek to northern Michigan for the five-day Traverse City Prospect Tournament beginning Sept. 8, when they will face Central Division rival Minnesota. The Blues’ full Traverse City schedule is as follows: Friday, Sept. 8 at Minnesota Wild - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 vs. Dallas Stars - 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 vs. TBD From the Blues’ press release: “The...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2017
Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford to leave Post-Dispatch

Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford to leave Post-Dispatch

This could create a temporary hole in team coverage. Well, this was unfortunate news to see this morning: After 20-plus years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including the last 12 as the Blues beatwriter, I'm leaving the newspaper next week (1/2)— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 24, 2017 Words can't describe how difficult a decision it was to move on. I grew up at the P-D and will miss it immensely. More soon on my next stop.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 24, 2017 Obviously, this leaves a gap in coverage at St. Louis’ only daily newspaper. Rutherford has...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 22, 2017
NHLPA Rookie Showcase: Three Blues Prospects To Participate

NHLPA Rookie Showcase: Three Blues Prospects To Participate

Kim Kostin, Tage Thompson, and Jake Walman will make their first high profile on-ice appearance in a Blues’ uniform on August 28 in Toronto. As reported on the Blues’ website (https://www.nhl.com/blues/news/3-blues-named-to-nhlpa-rookie-showcase/c-290730500), three Blues’ prospects will be taking part in the NHLPA Rookie Showcase on August 28 in Toronto. Forwards Tage Thompson and Klim Kostin, along with defenseman Jake Walman, were named to the roster on Tuesday morning. The showcase will feature 25 NHL prospects and rookies, and the Blues' three representatives is more than any...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 19, 2017
Say Hi to Game Time: Dan Buffa

Say Hi to Game Time: Dan Buffa

How the fuck are we doing, Blues fans? Did you miss me? Don’t answer that question right away. Hear my story first as I add my Q&A to the “Say Hi” round of staff introductions. Since the ice and beer aren’t chilling at Scottrade just yet, pull up a chair. Why/How did I become a Blues fan? I could say my brother was a Jeremy Roenick fan and I felt the need to strike down upon him with furious blue-blooded anger, but that isn’t entirely true. As I wrote earlier this summer, Brett Hull’s one timer got me into hockey and the Blues. He was an action flick on skates. So fun to watch...

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