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Wednesday Links - Tim Peel Is Not Wise, Is He?

National TV. Lehtera. Peel off Twitter. Leafs shakeup/signing. Winners/losers. Roussel signs. Glendale bitches. Hell's Kitchen penthouse? #FartNoise. Four pound burger. Weed. The Gimli Glider. Mayflies. And Vlog Bros. punishments. Wednesday. Well, you can't expect the news to be scintillating EVERY day. BLUES NEWS: The NHL released their national television schedule yesterday, and the Blues are on it 11 times. For those who want to bitch about lack of respect . . . that's one more than the usual league maximum, so cram it up your ass. [SLGT] J-Mill has his thoughts on the national...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 22, 2014
Jori Lehterä Scouting Report

Jori Lehterä Scouting Report

St. Louis Blues prospect Jori Lehtera leaves the KHL to pursue a career in the NHL. As Sam Rosen so infamously exclaimed on June 14, 1994, “The waiting is over!” At long last, St. Louis Blues fans will be able to see 26 year-old Jori Lehtera play with the blue note on his chest. After seven years developing his game with Tappara of the Finnish Elite League and Sibir Novoibirsk of the Kontinetal Hockey League, Lehtera has once again made the decision to test his game in North America. The possibility of Lehtera finally returning to North America to play for the Blues abruptly started...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 22, 2014

NHL Schedule Release: Blues Have 11 Games On NBC Networks

The Blues will be unleashed on an unsuspecting national viewing audience quite a few times this season. The national television broadcast was released today, and Blues fans should be happy with the team's national exposure this year. The first nationally televised game is on November 4th against the New Jersey Devils - if that seems odd, just remember the entertainment value of the last time those two teams met it New Jersey and how we were all laughing/crying/drunk by the end of it. Perfect for an evening cable broadcast! The Blues also get a Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 22, 2014

Tuesday Links - Actual News in Bluesville. What?!

Actual Blues news! Sad news from the CHI. Egg Tim Peel's Twitter account. Be smarter, GM's. Rocky Mountain Extreme. Arbitration. Gino. Bozon. Ovech-split. RIP, Jim Rockford. Tree dies of irony. Stop it, Tebow. Bridges for sale. And mid-80's aerobics. Tuesday. There was actual Blues news yesterday. Rejoice! BLUES NEWS: Vladimir Sobotka will be paid $2.725MM in one season when he returns to the NHL, be it with the Blues or someone else if he gets traded away. As noted from Paperwork Ninja in the comments . . . neither side got what they wanted out of this. I'd think the Blues especially so,...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 21, 2014

Monday Links - Will It Be Pie, Cake or Death?

Vanelli. Dutchie. Awesome goalie masks. Honeymoon signings. Bleeding money out of a turnip. Five Hole For Food. BFiB party foul. So Ill dumbass. Baseball dumbass. Pie or cake? Cake or death? Star Wars drinking song. And Fat Bottomed Girls. Monday. J-Mill apologizes for not having links yesterday. Just didn't have time for it. Shit happens. You survived anyway. And now you get links! It's a slow offseason. BLUES NEWS: Nothing, really, but Lou has a bit on Blues prospect Tommy Vannelli . . . who says his move from being a Minnesota Gopher hockey commit to the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers was...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 19, 2014
Saturday Links: Our Links Are Great! Your Links Suck!

Saturday Links: Our Links Are Great! Your Links Suck!

Weird Al sings about sports. Other things too, but why would you care about any of those? Link break: click 'em if you got 'em...or you can just bum some off of me if you want. [Under breath] Moocher... BLUES NEWS: Missed this yesterday, but Doug Armstrong had himself a chat with Blues fans about the off-season thus far. Sticktaps go to CanesAndBluesFan for reminding me! [STLToday] In another turn of the Sobe, a translated statement from Vladimir Sobotka's new-new agent makes it sound like he plans on playing one year in the KHL before making his triumphant return to North America...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 18, 2014

Friday Links: Just A Little Bit...Just A Little Bit...

Gunnar has great taste in music, bizarre DGB, happy Schmosby, & Humans of St. Louis...brought to you by the letter "D." The title for today's links were in reference to Vladimir Sobotka feeling like he needed a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T (just a little bit!)...but then I saw that DK linked that yesterday. You know what though? I don't feel like changing it. BLUES NEWS: Blues legends Brian Sutter, Bob Plager, and the late great announcer Dan Kelly will be inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame on September 24th. Also going in that night will be Chris Carpenter, Aeneas Williams,...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 17, 2014
Thursday Links - Acoustic Daft Punk

Thursday Links - Acoustic Daft Punk

You want links? Well, today was a good time to want them! I have a lot. It's an unusually busy Thursday. Let's get down to brass tacks. BLUES NEWS: A couple minor signings . . . first, the Blues signed journeyman center Benn Ferriero to a one-year two-way deal probably basically to replace Keith Aucoin with the Wolves. And holy hell, look at his team photo from last year. [SLGT FanShots] Then, the Blues added to their blue line depth by signing St. Louis's own (and long-time pal of Paul Stastny) Chris Butler to a one-year two-way deal. More Wolves depth! [Blues] Episode 47 of Beyond...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 16, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome: Defenders of the BLUniverse

Episode 47 is up and ready to join forces! Hello there! How's the offseason treating ya? This time around we are joined by the fine fellows of the Blues Hockey Podcast, Jason Martine and Chris Frank, as we form a sort of Blues Podcast Voltron. We go a little deeper with the history of 47s, Blues free agency so far ( Paul Stastny , YAY / Steve Ott, MEH), as well as the moves from a few other teams around the league. Also, we wax nostalgic about Ken Wilson, Ron Caron, and Willie McGee? We finish with a listener-provided question: Which 5 current/former Blues players would you pick for your...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 16, 2014

Wednesday Links - Striving For Perfection

Perfection. Perds signings. Crosby trying other things. Sergie Federoff? Perfect Twitter starts. More perfection. Russian Mercedes. Fuck Cancer. Cheese van thefts. Over-competitive parents are the worst. And WORD CRIMES. Happy Hump Day, yo. Every all-star game / pro bowl-type event should be played in the offseason, so the event gets all the attention and respect it deserves. Which is . . . none. Yes, hockey is included in this. BLUES NEWS: *FART NOISE* Also, Harrison Mooney calls J-Mill's plan for a World Cup of Hockey "perfect". [Puck Daddy] HOCKEY NEWS: The Predators did some things...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 15, 2014

Tuesday Links - Truculence and Running Things

Schmaltz. World Cup of Hockey. Fancy stats. Truculence. Local kid goes big. Buyouts. Dineen. Lawsuits. Shit Flyers sweaters. Bad lists. Brodeur. Hockey Canada. Giancarlo. Pool cars. Golazos to plain goals. Clickbait. And corgis helping each other. It be Tuesday. I hiked up a mountain that had a gigantic M on it yesterday. It was everything I thought it would be and more. And I took a picture. But here are some links anyway. BLUES NEWS: I somehow missed this from the other day . . . Jordan Schmaltz, Blues blue line prospect, is putting himself in a position to help the big club soon, as...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 14, 2014

Blocking Shots and Save Percentage

Blocking Shots doesn't seem to impact Save Percentage. The question was raised this Spring as to whether better defensive teams have a negative effect on save percentage. The notion was that better teams block more low percentage shots. The shots that make it on goal are therefor more dangerous. I doubt that this is the case, but let's dig into it. One approach would be to look at where shots get blocked. Unfortunately, the data for this is mostly non-existent. The little data that exists is poor quality and not likely to yield a valid answer. I took the approach of looking at how...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 14, 2014

Truculence

Hockey's new favorite word. Truculence:  the quality or state of being truculent           Truculent: easily annoyed or angered and likely to argue Brandon Bollig fits Brian Burke's desire for truculence. Flames sign Deryk Engelland to by far the worst deal of free agency because truculence or something else stupid I don't think I had seen the word until fairly recently.  It's apparently been around since 1540, but Google shows it trending up over the last few years. Interest in "truculence" seems primarily North American.  I usually associate it with the Toronto Maple...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 14, 2014

If I Ran the World Cup of Hockey

The prefect plan for the greatest international ice hockey tournament every created. Unless you've been frozen in carbonite for the past month, you know that yesterday there was a game which was watched by more than half of the entire Earth's population, making it without hyperbole the single biggest sporting event in modern human civilization. Unfortunately, that game was not a game of hockey. Ice hockey may never rival the global impact that soccer has, but that doesn't mean that the right hockey tournament couldn't grab the attention of the sports world for a few weeks the same way...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 14, 2014

St. Louis Blues Player Corsi Event Trends 2013-2014

A tool to do your own analysis on which corsi events had the most impact on players' possession numbers broken out by game. This is a first post in a series of DIY analysis articles I'll be publishing during the off-season. How to use Choose a team, then choose a player.  The "Summary" at the top is a player's corsi events (for events minus against events) broken out by misses, saves, blocks, and goals.  The "Corsi Events by Game" chart shows the events by game.  If you click on a stat in the legend at the top, it will highlight the bar in the stacked bar chart.  The player's actual...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 14, 2014
Monday Links - ÜBER ALLES

Monday Links - ÜBER ALLES

Optimism. Cole down under. BC. Shootout moves. Sad news. Reducing fighting. Breakfast from the Cup. DEUTSCHLAND!!! Selfies. World Cup awards. Silly things. Chad Johnson being Chad Johnson. Legal weed. Naming the States. And Feel Good Inc. Monday. Did anything happen while I was taking a week off, aside from my laptop being a gigantic asshole? Oh, by the way . . . thank you, J-Mill, for covering the last week after I basically pissed away a whole weekend that you would've normally covered. Very much appreciated. Onward to links! BLUES NEWS: A crazy week in Blues land, but rminton618 gives...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 13, 2014

Crikey! Ian Cole Representing USA In Australian Exhibition Series

Cole will be joining a rag tag group of North American hockey players for some ice time down under this month. Players have to work to stay in shape during the off-season, but who said that you can't get a vacation while you do it? That's the mindset of a hodgepodge of NHL, AHL, ECHL, and NCAA players who are heading to Australia this month to participate in the Australian Exhibition Series, where the Douglas Webber Cup is at stake. Don't worry if you have no idea what the Douglas Webber Cup is. Neither do NHLers like Matt Kassian, Emerson Etem, Team Canada captain Andrew Gordon, or "St....
St. Louis Game Time Jul 13, 2014

Sunday Links: Messi Vs The Machine

Schwartzie honors Mandi, we wrap around conference III, and oh by the way, there's the single biggest sporting even known to humanity. What's been on the interwebs since I last gave you guys some delectable clickables? Let's see... BLUES NEWS: The "Hockey Guy" thinks that Steve Ott will be a pretty good replacement for Vladimir Sobotka. [STLToday] ...I only posted that link so I could immediately bring you Robb's work from the other day that directly refutes that point. Also, #NakedSobe [SLGT] The Russian players the Blues have been collecting in recent years aren't...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 13, 2014

A small bit of optimism

a look into the new lineup Doom and gloom has taken a hold on Blues Nation as of late. Fan favorite Vladdy Sobotka has fled for the KHL, and fan least-favorite Steve Ott was re-signed. Many hardcore Blues fans have said that Sobotka was overrated. That he was all gumption and no function. He played with a fire, and no one can deny that. He was small in stature but played with the physicality of a man twice his size. Sobotka spent much of his time centering the second line. He was the grit in the middle of the talented Frank Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. Everyone is comparing the departed...
St. Louis Game Time Jul 12, 2014

The Blues' Russians Aren't Stereotypical. Uh, Good?

Hockey's jingoistic tendencies are coming out to play again. Sometimes I think that The Hockey News just exists to troll people. Today's post about how the Blues' Russians aren't "stereotypical" implies that fans should be both thankful and excited about that fact. But what the hell is stereotypical? Let's go on and throw out every thing you've heard Don Cherry or a Canadian or half the US say about Russian players: enigmatic, selfish, lazy, only interested in scoring, can't play defense, flashy, workmanlike, flashy workman, bad teammates, quiet, cold... If I've missed any, just continue...

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