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Preseason GameDay Thread: Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues

Preseason GameDay Thread: Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues

The Blues reach out of the Western Conference for their next home matchup against a rebuilding Carolina team. It was the best of time, it was the worst of times - the Blues and Hurricanes are currently studies in contrast. The Canes are trying to rebound from a season in which they finished second to last in the Metropolitan Division with 83 points. Unfortunately forward Jordan Staal, who the Canes were wanting to lean on, shattered his fibula last Tuesday on a hit by Josh Georges, who said in an interview later that he "heard [Staal] scream." That's never a good sign. Unfortunately for...
St. Louis Game Time 5 hours ago
Preseason Game Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues

Preseason Game Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues

The Blues reach out of the Western Conference for their next home matchup against a rebuilding Carolina team. It was the best of time, it was the worst of times - the Blues and Hurricanes are currently studies in contrast. The Canes are trying to rebound from a season in which they finished second to last in the Metropolitan Division with 83 points. Unfortunately forward Jordan Staal, who the Canes were wanting to lean on, shattered his fibula last Tuesday on a hit by Josh Georges, who said in an interview later that he "heard [Staal] scream." That's never a good sign. Unfortunately for...
St. Louis Game Time 10 hours ago

Tuesday Links - Riker Steps Over Your Chair

I have a bunch of links for you, including a bunch of Blues links, actually, but really, you should see the video of Commander Riker stepping over and teabagging chairs to sit down. Tomorrow, I can tell you that it IS October. Today, it is still September. STOP ASKING THE QUESTION, YOU FUCKS. BLUES NEWS: Lots of Blues news today . . . first, the team hired Bob Gainey as a consultant. Gainey, a Hall of Fame player with the Canadiens, was the GM of the Stars in 1999 . . . one of his AGM's? Doug Armstrong. His coach? Ken Hitchcock. One of his best players on that team? Brett Hull. You might...
St. Louis Game Time 14 hours ago

Line Projections

NHL recently came out with their St. Louis Blues line projections The season is almost upon us. The NHL Gamecenter app has begun its season preview for each of the NHL teams. Inside these previews are their lineup projections.There isn't much to not like about Ken Hitchcock's tenure in St. Louis. Since taking over in St. Louis, Hitch is 124-55-20. Many NHL teams would kill for a run like that from a head coach. The one thing that fans have to complain about is Hitchcock's line combinations. They range from genius to questionable to ludicrous. For a coach who wins so often, he seems to never...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 29, 2014
NHL season preview 2014-15: Three big questions facing the St. Louis Blues

NHL season preview 2014-15: Three big questions facing the St. Louis Blues

Pre-season's halfway over, the rosters are getting smaller, and the season's almost here. What do the Blues have to look forward to this year? As a part of SB Nation's upcoming NHL Season preview, the hockey blogs were asked to come up with, and later answer, three questions that could be key during this season. These are our three questions for the Blues. 1. Will the tandem of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen be good enough? While the pre-season hasn't exactly given fans lots of hope regarding the stellar play of either goaltender, that false lack of hope should probably be dismissed for...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 29, 2014

Monday Links - Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader

Cuts. Prospects. More on the Schwartz deal. Scores. Schedule. Emojis. Komisarek done? Jeets. Cruel, cruel irony. Hitler vs. Vader. And Take Your Daughter To Work Day, Storm Trooper style! Just another Manic Monday. THIS JUST IN: It is, indeed, not October yet. You burnt your calendar, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?! BLUES NEWS: It was posted yesterday, but we now have Hildy's notes on the five players sent to the Chicago Wolves as part of Saturday night's roster cut-down. [SLGT] Prospect Sunday! Brian shows us all the transactions involving Blues prospects, which gives us a clearer picture of...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 28, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for September 28, 2014

The Chicago Wolves' AHL roster is starting to fill out with the assignment of 21 players from the Blues this week. TRANSACTIONS Date Link Details . 09-23-14 LINK The following players returned to their major junior clubs: LW SAMUEL BLAIS (Victoriaville/QMJHL), RW JAEDON DESCHENEAU (Kootenay/WHL), D THOMAS VANNELLI (Medicine Hat/WHL), RW C.J. YAKIMOWICZ (London/OHL). D DMITRI SERGEEV released from tryout and returned to Kitchener (OHL). . 09-23-14 LINK D SANTERI SAARI reassigned to Jokerit Helsinki (KHL). . 09-26-14 LINK The following players reassigned to Chicago (AHL): F ROB...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 28, 2014

Blues Send Ty Rattie, Four Others Down To Chicago Wolves

The cuts keep coming for the Blues, who have a couple days before their next pre-season game. Say what you will about the Blues' 0-3-1 record during this preseason; it seems to be making the decision of who to cut easier on Ken Hitchcock. After last night's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars in Kansas City, the Blues sent five guys down to the Chicago Wolves. Per the press release: St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has assigned five players to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Chicago Wolves, including forwards...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 28, 2014

Sunday Links: No Power in The 'Verse Can Stop Me

Shiny! Happy Sunday. BLUES NEWS: The Blues lost yet another pre-season game in Kansas City last night, 4-2 to the Stars. At least that's what legend says. Scholars believe that all evidence of last night's game was lost centuries ago. All that remains is this ancient, tattered game recap. [Blues] But no one gives a shit about that because Jaden Schwartz was signed to a 2-year deal yesterday, which will count $2.35 million against the cap. [SLGT] rminton618 takes another look at the Roman Polak - Carl Gunnarsson trade, and concludes that it was a net loss for both teams. Not sure I...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 27, 2014

In Review: Polak for Gunnarsson

This trade has had time to sit. Now let's revisit it and see what it looks like after the dust has settled. The regular season is fast approaching. The Blues have some new faces this season, and it leaves fans wondering how this roster will shape up. For the blockbuster acquisition of Paul Stastny, it was an easy pill to swallow. We acquired a true center, and all we lost was some money from the owners bank. Then we were faced with the acquisition of Carl Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson was on the top defensive pairing of the 38-36-8 Toronto Maple Leafs. To acquire such a defenseman, we lost Roman...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 27, 2014
Blues Sign Jaden Schwartz To Two-Year Deal

Blues Sign Jaden Schwartz To Two-Year Deal

The holdout is over as the Blues forward gets his bridge deal. Only the Chicken Littles believed that Jaden Schwartz would remain unsigned through the start of the season. The Chicken Mediums around these parts believed that something would happen soon. Something did. A few days ago, I posted this: This is about cap management, not necessarily player value entirely. The next thing fans will here, in a week or two at the most, is that Schwartz has been re-signed. If I were a betting person I'd say the deal will be for $2.3 or $2.4 million, but I am not a betting person because I am rarely...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 27, 2014

Preseason StoryStream: Dallas Stars At St. Louis Blues

The Blues will be in Kansas City today at the Sprint Center looking for their first pre-season win. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The Blues've made a fight of every pre-season game so far, but lapses by the team have lead to less than inspiring goals against. It doesn't matter if it's the kids doing it or the regulars;Brian Elliott was hung out to dry on Thursday night. It's just pre-season. A good number of the kids who played Thursday are no longer with the Blues. Ivan Barbashev has been loaned to the Mocton Wildcats. Sixteen players were just assigned to the Chicago...
Defending Big D Sep 27, 2014

Gameday Preview: Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues (7 p.m. CDT)

The Stars pass the midway point of the preseason with a rematch against the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. If this were the regular season, this is where one would write that the Dallas Stars are trying to bounce back from a bad loss and a worse second period Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But since it's still the preseason, tonight's Stars game against the St. Louis Blues at the Sprint Center in Kansas City is its own stand-alone opportunity for young players to make an impression and veterans to build chemistry that will serve them once the real...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 26, 2014

Friday Links: I Am (Frakin') Groot

TGIL: Thank goodness it's links! Some Blues played a hockey game last night. Later today, I'll play some Sporcle games. Both events are of equal insignificance. BLUES NEWS: The Blues lost their home preseason opener to the Blue Jackets 5-4 last night. But it's preseason so who cares - all that "matters" is that Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice. [Blues] Here's the BJs' perspective on that glorified scrimmage. [Blue Jackets] As you may or may not have heard, Alexander Steen, who was set to make his preseason debut last night, was held out because he was 'banged up." It's almost assuredly...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 25, 2014

Paul Stastny Debuts: Preseason Preview - Blue Jackets At Blues

Finally Blues fans are seeing the the big guns play during the pre-season, as Paul Stastny, David Backes, and most of the rest of the Blues' core are back out on the ice. Hey! Have you heard that Paul Stastny is with the Blues now? The team has done an awful job of promoting that he signed over the summer, so you may've missed it. You won't miss it tonight, because Stastny is suiting up to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in a revenge rematch for the Blues 4-3 overtime loss Sunday. Ok, that's too dramatic for a pre-season game. They're just still looking at line combos and...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 25, 2014

Thursday Links - Monty Python and More Dara O'Briain

There's a hockey game going on tonight, but since it doesn't count, it's little more than a historical footnote. So enjoy some links and check out videos from Monty Python's Flying Circus and another bit of brilliance from Dara O'Briain. Want next week's video theme? Well, it's below. Keep reading! BLUES NEWS: Reports have surfaced that Jaden Schwartz and the Blues are $500,000 apart. Sounds like a deal could be done in the next few days. [SLGT] Episode 53 of Beyond Checkerdome went up yesterday. We discuss Schwartz, training camp, the first preseason game, Paul Bissonnette and what a...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #53: Going Camping

Beyond Checkerdome is ready with the "Hello, My Name Is ______" tags ! Fall is here, and so is Blues training camp !! Thank the hockey gods!! On this week's show, we recall 53s of days gone by, Irish hockey, holdouts & tryouts, enforcers, injuries and Camp Camp Camp!!! For-real training camp news and preseason games... can you dig it? Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click HERE And, as always, we really enjoy hearing back from you guys. Please send us your feedback - whether its the comments below, in the twitterverse at ByndCheckerdome, or via email at...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2014

Contract Talks: Schwartz, Blues About $500,000 Apart

The Blues and their unsigned RFA are getting closer and closer to a deal. Doug Armstrong, presumably after seeing how his predecessor John Davidson was handling the Ryan Johansen deal in Columbus, decided to go mute on his attempts to get Jaden Schwartz signed and participating in camp and pre-season. That doesn't mean that there still won't be leaks to the press and the rumor guys, though. That also doesn't mean that these leaks are earth-shattering. Pierre LeBrun statesthat the Blues and Schwartz are about $500,000 apart, and are working on a "bridge deal" which will show the Blues that...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 24, 2014

Wednesday Links - O'Doherty, Izzard and Byrne

We're gonna have a video theme every week for the foreseeable future. So prepare for next week's theme tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy some links as well as more humo(u)r from David O'Doherty (again), the incomparable Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne. I've figured something out, it seems. (Okay, my wife came up with the idea . . . but we are one.) BLUES NEWS: In his Wednesday game notebook, Lou Korac tells some camp stories while telling stuff about the handful of guys that were sent packing . . . most of them were sent to junior teams, while a couple were sent overseas. [In The Slot / Lou...

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues Video Highlights

The Dallas Stars beat the Blues on Monday night in the first preseason game of the year. For those of you not able to get the AAC last night -- or unable to access the live stream of the game -- the Dallas Stars have provided a pretty nifty highlight package of the game. You can also see Lindy Ruff's post game press conference below as well.

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