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Doug Armstrong Puts Full Faith In Blues’ Youth Movement

The Blues have a leadership vacuum and need the young players to fill it. Channelling his inner M.C. Skat Kat, Doug Armstrong had this to say to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa: “We don’t want to take any backwards movement in our organization. But sometimes you do expose yourself to maybe taking half a step back to take a couple steps forward.” This may not be the thing that fans of a Western Conference finalist want to hear. The Blues, who this past post-season finally had some modicum of success, were poised to have a little more this post-season were it not for the walking of...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 21, 2016

Blues To Be Featured On Twelve National Broadcast Games

Ratings don't lie: St. Louis is a good team to have on national TV for NBCSN. Last season, the St. Louis metro area proved (again) that it's a hockey hotbed. They ranked in the top five metro areas for viewership, and the ratings for game seven between the Blues and Chicago Blackhawks set an all-time viewership record for FoxSports Midwest. This is a hockey market, and the NHL (with the Winter Classic) and NBC Sports is seizing on that cache this season. The Blues and Blackhawks will be NBCSN's opening night tilt on October 12th, and there are eleven games after that: Oct. 12 at...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 18, 2016

Weekly Links - Stuff and Things

Like ruptured testicles, naked dudes in music videos and things about bronze. And so much more. ICYMI SLGT: The Blues ranked 11th in a survey of fans trust in the front office. Robb asks "How much faith do you have in the Blues front office?" [SLGT] The Blues and Ty Rattie have agreed to a one-year deal. [SLGT] Jake Allen discussed his contract on NHL Tonight. [SLGT Fanshot] Jaden Schwartz and the Blues avoided arbitration with Schwartz signing a five-year $26.75 million deal. [SLGT] Buffa82 writes Blues and Jaden Schwartz produced a perfect contract. [SLGT] DID WE MISS ANY LINKS LAST...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 16, 2016

Blues and Jaden Schwartz produce perfect contract

Jaden Schwartz is a special talent and that is why General Manager Doug Armstrong made him the top priority. Now, some St. Louis Blues fans confuse top priority with “Must Finish First” and that is where things got hectic. You see, signing Kyle Brodziak or Scottie Upshall or handing Magnus Paajarvi another lottery ticket is one thing, and signing one of your core players to a large extension is quite another. The Schwartz deal took more grit and time, but in the end the right thing took place and the perfect contract was the result. Why do I call it perfect? It’s not free of charge...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 15, 2016

Jaden Schwartz, Blues Agree To Five Year Contract

The forward's extension keep him a Blue through 2021. The Blues "top priority" this summer (Doug Armstrong's words, not mine) was to get RFA forward Jaden Schwartz signed to a contract extension. The team and Schwartz elected to go to arbitration, but neither let it get that far. The Blues today announced that they have re-signed Schwartz to a five year contract. There was some concern, with Ty Rattie re-signing and Vladimir Sobotka really, really coming back this time, that the Blues may not have a good deal of available cash for Schwartz. Those concerns were put to rest today. The five...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 13, 2016

Blues, Ty Rattie Agree To One Year Deal

The move is a reasonable one, but it doesn't mean that Rattie will see a ton of ice time. The Blues announced today that they have come to contract terms with RFA forward Ty Rattie, signing him to a one year, one way contract worth $650,000. Rattie split his time last season between the Blues and the Chicago Wolves, scoring four goals and two assists in 13 games in St. Louis, and 17 goals, 29 assists in 62 games in Chicago. Earlier this summer, Doug Armstrong had some high praise for Rattie, saying the forward "needs to get a very good look at what we’re doing here." Obviously said good...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 12, 2016

How much faith do you have in the St. Louis Blues front office?

The Hockey News surveyed hockey fans and the Blues’ front office ranked 11th. Earlier today Dominik Luszczyszyn from The Hockey News published the results of a fascinating survey he conducted. He asked fans to rank the confidence they have in each NHL team’s front office in 6 different categories: roster building, cap management, draft/develop, trading, free agency, vision. I’m really bummed that I missed out on the survey because if there is one thing I love to do it is take surveys (yes, I am being serious — I actively participate in several different market research groups...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 11, 2016

Weekly Links - Dancing In The 50's

PMJ might be a bit of an old act now, but they still find ways to innovate. It's so weird. SLGT COVERAGE OF THE BLUES THIS WEEK: A discussion of lines for the 2016-17 season. Good Christ, if Ken Hitchcock ever put Paul Stastny with more than one talented forward at one fucking time for more than 30 Goddamn seconds of 5-on-5 time, I might shit myself. [SLGT FanPosts] However, another person says Stastny needs to be traded. Oh. Okay. Uh. Wait. What? WHY?! (And two other guys that should be traded but no one wants so they can't be traded.) [SLGT FanPosts] Dan says it's time for us to believe...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 8, 2016

Vladimir Sobotka Returning To The Blues, Per Agent

The skilled face-off man is leaving the KHL. Vladimir Sobotka has spend the last two seasons in the KHL after an arbitration hearing didn't give him the payday that he felt that he deserved. After much speculation late last month regarding a return, Sobotka's agent is now confirming (but not officially - we all know how that goes) that Sobotka will be back with the Blues next season. #stlblues GM Doug Armstrong says he spoke to Sobotka's agent today and he is coming back to the club. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 8, 2016 This move fills out the top nine, as Kyle Brodziak's...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 7, 2016

Beyond Checkerdome 129B: Draft Punk

The Blues were hoping to get lucky at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Hey  - whaddya know. Bonus Podcast! We briefly covered the 2016 Draft in episode 129, but we knew we couldn't do it justice. So we recorded a second conversation with Gametime's own Prospects Department. We have a great chat about the selections that St Louis provided as well as the ones that St Louis made at the draft. Brian fleshes out some of what we know about these kids, and has some great info about their performances at the Combine. Some good info here, and several reasons to be optimistic about this group of...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2016

Jaden Schwartz Files For Arbitration

It’s just another facet of the business side of the game The second piece of news today (the first being the re-signing of Magnus Paajarvi) has Blues fans on twitter all .... uh... atwitter. Today was the first arbitration deadline. The players have first crack at filing for a hearing to decide next year’s contract value, and the club has a separate chance to do so afterwards. Jaden Schwartz and his agent, playing it smart, have elected to file for arbitration at this deadline. What does this mean? Not a lot - yet. This is a player and his agent simply doing their due diligence in the...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2016

Magnus Paajarvi Resigns in St.Louis

Swedish forward inks one-year extension for $700k Please, everyone, try to contain your excitement! Doug Armstrong has nailed down coveted restricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi. From the organization's official press release: "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Magnus Paajarvi. Last season, Paajarvi played in 48 games for the Blues, scoring three goals and six assists (9 points). He also made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring one assist. Paajarvi became a restricted free agent on July 1. The 25-year-old Norrkoping, Sweden...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 5, 2016

It’s time to believe in Jake Allen

The minute Brian Elliott stepped out of St. Louis and into a future(one season at least) with the Calgary Flames, 25 year old Jake Allen became the man. Ready or not, Blues fans, the kid is taking the reins in net for the foreseeable future and guess what, it’s okay. Granted, I’ve spent the entire past season stuck in an awkward romantic comedy set in St. Louis. The guy who can’t choose between two great loves. It’s like choosing between John McClane and Maverick. I’ve always liked the gritty resilience of Elliott. No matter how many times the team brought in somebody to stand in...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 4, 2016

Weekly Links - O Canada

What? It's the Fourth of July? 'MERICA FUCK YEAH! ICYMI SLGT: Here's the Free Agency day story stream. [SLGT] David Backes wrote a farewell letter to StL. [SLGT] Buffa82 on Backes: "A tough guy worth saluting". [SLGT] The offseason isn't as bad as you think. [SLGT] The offseason also makes the next Blues season unpredictable. [SLGT] But the new look Blues may not be a bad thing. Or a great thing. So, a thing? [SLGT] STEVE OTT SIGNS WITH THE RED WINGS!!! [SLGT] Is there a youth movement coming to the St. Louis Blues?  [SLGT] LINKS WE MISSED: There are a few down there, though they're...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 3, 2016

Youth Movement Coming In St. Louis?

With the recent action -- and non-action -- by Doug Armstrong and the Blues at the draft and on the opening day of free agency, the question mist be asked: Are the St. Louis Blues finally going to go all-in on a youth movement? ... Hail and Farewell, Captain America. David Backes, the captain and longest-serving member of the St. Louis Blues, just got paid by the Boston Bruins, ending a run of over a decade wearing the Bluenote. Veteran Troy Brouwer is also gone, departing for Calgary and a big paycheck along with playoff hero Brian Elliot (traded at the Draft). Finally, grizzled and...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 3, 2016

Offseason moves make 2016-17 Blues unpredictable

When it comes to the St. Louis Blues, buy more bourbon. Let’s recap a tough week. Remember when Troy Brouwer tripped over the front of the net while scoring the game winning goal in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks? That was great, right? Well, he’s playing in Calgary this winter. Remember David Backes scoring a pair of game winning goals in the playoffs? The Captain rises! As resilient as valyrian steel. He’s shacking up in Boston for the next five years. How about Brian “Moooosssseeee” Elliott? So stout this year. He was as reliable in net the last five months of the...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 2, 2016

New Look Blues

With Backes, Brouwer, and Elliott gone, what's next for St.Louis? Let's get one thing straight - Elliott, Brouwer and Backes are huge subtractions. Those three were big pieces of the last playoff run, and there's no reason to pretend otherwise. It's difficult to disagree with Craig Custance - the Blues don't look as good now as they did at the end of last season. In fact, it's probably safe to say they've gotten worse and Armstrong's inactivity during free agency and the trade deadline could come back to haunt us. Armstrong is addicted to making minor trades for bargain prices, and I don't...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2016

Steve Ott Signs With Detroit Red Wings

Finally, the Blues have found a way to fuck Detroit. The Steve Ott Era is no more in St. Louis. As DK pointed out this morning in his excellent piece on why Ott should walk, Ott was paid a lot of money and did a lot of nothing except intangibles. Ooooh, intangibles. He was acquired in a trade between the Sabres and Blues (the infamous Ryan Miller deal, essentially as a throw-in to make the salaries work out). He made about $800K in that final 23-game stretch for the Blues (if my per-game math is correct), then $2.6MM in each of the past two full seasons. So in two seasons and two months,...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2016

In Defense of Doug Armstrong's Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Offseason

The Blues' offseason isn't as bad as you think. The last thing I thought I thought I’d be writing is any sort of defense of Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. I am on the record as not being a fan of the man they call Army. The Blues, under Armstrong have had issues and, quite frankly, have failed to address them. Think back to the summer of 2013 when everyone was screaming "The Blues need offense!" Armstrong’s response was to sign Derek Roy, Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow. Dumpster diving at its finest. Then you look at, just months later, he made the team five percent better by...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 1, 2016

Captain Backes: A true tough guy worth saluting

For ten years, David Backes resembled what the Blues were all about. Tough competitor. Classy individual. Consistent producer. Someone for kids to look up to. Sports, however, is a harsh business and that reality reared its ugly head today when Backes signed with the Boston Bruins for 5 years and 30 million. A price that was too risky for Blues GM Doug Armstrong’s scotch. He didn’t want to hand a 32 year old player 30 million and I can respect that as long as he has a plan B. Bringing back David Perron and Vladimir Sobotka isn’t going to seal the wound and absence left by #42....

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