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St. Louis Game Time 3 hours ago

Tearing down Ben Frederickson's feeble attempt to run Vladimir Tarasenko out of town . . . Fire Joe Morgan-style!

In which the writer gives this piece of garbage more attention than it really deserves in attempt to make us all aware that sports columnists and their columns are--by and large--bad. Introducing The Madness Unless you've been living under a cave for the last week or so . . . the Blues season ended last Wednesday. The season itself was . . . well, it had its' moments. The playoff run was, by all accounts, a success and quite fun. The locker clean-out day was always going to be anticlimactic, right? Most of the journalistic prose from the annual event--which, admittedly, fell a lot later...
St. Louis Game Time 7 hours ago

2016 NHL Entry Draft: "Game Time" Silver Seven

Barring a trade, the St. Louis Blues will draft 28th overall in this year's NHL Entry Draft. Following our yearly tradition, your "Game Time" Prospect Department presents a look at seven prospects whom we feel are -- or should be -- likely targets for the Blues with that pick. ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪ As anyone knows if you've been reading "Tomorrow's Blues" for any length of time, the time leading up to the annual NHL Entry Draft is your "Game Time" Prospect Department's favorite time of the year. The Blues' recent deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs...
St. Louis Game Time 15 hours ago

Report: Blues To Retain Ken Hitchcock; Tweet: Andy McDonald Disapproves

Hitch is being rewarded for the Blues' trip to the Western Conference Finals. While the end of the post-season wasn't what the Blues desired, the management apparently has deemed it successful enough to retain the services of coach Ken Hitchcock. The news comes from Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos, who say that Hitch is comfortable with one year deals now (presumably as he reaches retirement age, he would like some flexibility in his career). Sound like @StLouisBlues run was enough for Armstrong to bring back Ken Hitchcock. Formal announcement could come as early as this week —...
St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago

The Blues need to keep David Backes around

In the world of sports, figuring out if you are going to lead with the head or the heart is a treacherous walk to make sometimes. There's the part of your brain telling you this may not end well and then there is the heart strings tugging down hard at your throat to think about the emotional content of a move. Whether or not it happens, the St. Louis Blues need to keep David Backes this summer. It won't be easy. I don't want to be the accountant looking at Tom Stillman's books on the team finances and projections for 2016-17. What I will say is the Blues scored some of the highest ratings...
St. Louis Game Time May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekly Links - I Hope You Die

Welcome to your first edition of Weekly Links, where we break in the place by being as ill-organized as we had been already. Don't mind the massive backlog of files in the corner! So, as we mentioned at the end of the regular season . . . now that the season is over, every edition of links from here until I have no fucking clue when will be a Weekly Links edition. We even got ourselves a fancy ol' central links email account. Stay tuned for that. But for now . . . we'll make some tweaks to the format as the offseason goes along, but it won't be much different from what we've done so far to...
St. Louis Game Time May 29, 2016

Vladimir Sobotka Expected To Return To NHL

Brace yourselves for the return of Sobe. Vladimir Sobotka last played for the St. Louis Blues in the 2014 playoffs. That postseason, an arbitrator awarded him a $2.725 million contract, which wasn't as much as Sobotka would get paid in the KHL. Sobe, despite sometimes inexplicable perceived preferential treatment by coach Ken Hitchcock, saw "no other way out" and wanted a team that respected him (?) hightailed it to Avangard Omsk, potting 72 points in 97 games and earning a spot on this year's Czech World Cup of Hockey roster. His NHL point totals are significantly less impressive. Well,...
St. Louis Game Time May 29, 2016

Blues: The Jori Lehtera anchor is real

Ladies and gents, now that the hockey is over for the summer, the real action can begin. The kind where hip checks can't be throw, slashes aren't allowed, and a general distaste for commerce can slowly begin. Welcome to the real suck. Who can the St. Louis Blues keeps and who must go before the 2016-17 training camp commences? Know this. The Jori Lehtera anchor is real. The center who gets to play with Vladimir Tarasenko is owed 14 million dollars over the next three seasons. The cap hit for each season is 4.7 million. Digest that for a second before we move on with this column. Need any...
St. Louis Game Time May 27, 2016

David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin, Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko Added To World Cup Of Hockey Rosters

Several members of the St. Louis Blues will get a chance to represent their countries at the World Cup of Hockey. The early rosters for the World Cup of Hockey were released in March, and several members of the St. Louis Blues were represented. Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera, and former Blue Vladimir Sobotka were all asked to represent their respective countries. Today, a few more joined their ranks. The Czech team has added Dmitrij Jaskin to their roster. Jaskin joins former teammates Sobotka and Roman Polak on a deep team that is fairly solid. Team USA finished their...
St. Louis Game Time May 27, 2016

Proposed Renovations For Scottrade Center Released; Will Cost A Lot

The 22 year old arena is ready for some updates. The House that Hull Built is probably going to be renovated soon. The arena, which opened in 1994 as the Keil Center (and then later on became the Savvis Center before the name we all know as DrinkScotch was adopted), hosts not just the Blues, but also Arch Madness, NCAA basketball events, concerts, and would like to one day help host the World Juniors. 22 years old is old enough to drink, but it's still fairly young in people years. Arena years, well, it's a lifetime.Look at the Georgia Dome (24 years old) or Turner Field (19 years old) -...
St. Louis Game Time May 27, 2016

Celebrating the statistical accomplishments of the St. Louis Blues 2015-2016 season

For the last few seasons all I wanted from this team was for them to at least make the conference finals and this year they finally made it. Considering the injuries throughout the season, I am still amazed that this St. Louis Blues team finished third out of the entire NHL.  I am especially amazed that I was watching Blues hockey at the end of May.  In fact, I think it never really sunk in that this team made it as far as it did.  It all seemed like a dream. This season has been great all other things considered.  How great was it?  The Blues ranked in the top 10 in all but one of the...
St. Louis Game Time May 26, 2016

Annual State of the Union Address for the Followers of Hitch’s Hat

Everyone's favorite article of clothing (and Twitter user) breaks down the end of the Blues' season. Here I am again, writing a season-ending message to you, my followers, as the Blues fall short of the ultimate goal. While there is clearly disappointment, it was also one of the longer runs in team history. I wasn’t really ready for it to end, but were any of us? I think I could see the writing on the wall, and started to resign myself to the looming exit. That’s helped to take the edge off the depression that manifests itself following the Blues demise. Nobody will be completely happy...
St. Louis Game Time May 26, 2016

David Backes, Ken Hitchcock Reflect On Blues' Series Loss

The locker room and post game press scrums were an emotional place. The post-series loss locker room is probably the saddest place in sports. It's doubly sad when it's the championship round - but this wasn't. This was, however, as close to the championship round as the Blues have gotten in 15 years. Spirits were decidedly not high. You know - just as the team knows - that this is the last time that these guys are going to be together in the room. The offseason brings change. Perhaps one of those changes is a new captain, as David Backes is set to test free agent waters. This may have been...
St. Louis Game Time May 26, 2016

Blues: The show is over but the ride was sweet

When a sports team loses its final game and the season ends, it's like a carnival shutting down for the season. After an entire winter and spring of fighting for the ultimate trophy, the team falls short and goes home. After 82 regular season games and 20 thrilling postseason games, the St. Louis Blues were shown the door by the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals. The show is over folks but the fucking ride was sweet. A few thoughts: *The Sharks weren't better in every category than the Blues but they were in the right areas of the game. Their defensemen did a better job of...
St. Louis Game Time May 26, 2016

Beyond Checkerdome Quick Shot: Round 3 Game 6

Game over man, Game OVER! What's to say, when your team loses and the season ends? A lot, apparently, because this is a little longer than the usual Quick Shot. Safe to say that there are a lot of mixed emotions. A horribly disappointing end to a really fantastic season. There are a lot of questions to ask, but we really can't answer them right now. Pour yourself a stiff one (we did, before, during, and after this was recorded) and listen along a little. More to come in Episode 127. For a download link, click HERE Feel free to commiserate in the comments below, or send us a tweet...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2016

Without A Net: Blues At San Jose Sharks Round 3 Game 4 Preview

It's time for the Blues to draw from that well once again If there was ever a buzzword that I grew tired of last fall, it was "Reckless". In the hyper-accelerated lifespan of twitter, it went from catchy to snark to cliche in about an afternoon. Once the season got started, though, there was a marked difference to how the Blues played. This was not just a fiction of local homers - it was seen by the eyes of the world. If you wanted to hang a name on it, I suppose Reckless worked about as good as any. However as the Blues succeeded despite injury after injury, another word seemed to replace...
Habs Eyes On The Prize May 25, 2016

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues vs Sharks Game Six — Open thread, stream, and how to watch

With a win, the San Jose Sharks can earn the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. A 6-3 victory in Game Five moved the San Jose Sharks ahead of the Blues in the Western Conference Final, putting them into position to emerge from the penultimate round for the first time. That task won't be easy, facing a St. Louis Blues team that has played the maximum number of games so far, and will look to extend the series to a third Game Seven in the 2016 playoffs. TV Schedule: 9:00 PM EDT on CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN Tale of the...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2016

2016 Memorial Cup: Czech Mates

Blues' prospect Adam Musil and his Red Deer Rebels teammate, Winnipeg prospect Michael Spacek, have bonded as teammates and friends in the 2015-16 season. From the MasterCard Memorial Cup website. Moving 5000 miles from home at the age of 18 would certainly carry its share of challenges and uncertainties. Factor into that equation a whole set of unfamiliar surroundings, people, and a totally different language, and the transition that Michael Spacek made from Pardubice, Czech Republic to Red Deer, Alberta in the last 12 months is quite the life overhaul. That’s where Rebels teammate and...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2016

Blues vs. Sharks: TV coverage, game time and live stream for Game 6

Tonight's slightly later than usual game is, as always, on NBCSN. Tonight is either the last night that Blues fans will have to listen to NBCSN's B-crew, or it's the second to last night.  Hopefully we'll have Brian Boucher around for one more game. The broadcast begins at 7:00 Central with the pre-game analysis - if you missed last night's Pens/Bolts game, you can get caught up then. Puck drop is at 8:00-ish.  If you're not around a TV tonight (seriously, why wouldn't you be?), you can catch the game on the NBC Live Extra app on your phone or tablet. If you're near your laptop, you can...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2016

Blues At Sharks Game Six Storystream: Return To Elliott In Net

Brian Elliott will be back between the pipes for game six. Will his return inspire the Blues to play a full game? Last night, in Tampa Bay, the Pittsburgh Penguins staved off elimination in a very big way. Their 5-2 win over the Lightning was more than a series extender, it was an exclamation point in which their top producers produced. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist. Evgeny Malkin had an assist. Phil "American Hero" Kessel potted the first goal of the game. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist. The series returns to Pittsburgh on Friday night. Will we be typing something similar...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2016

Wednesday Links - Caring Is Creepy

I mean, I've heard more false statements. Haven't you? WHEN WE LAST SAW THE BLUES . . . : . . . they played pretty decently in the first 40 minutes then completely shit the bed in the third. 6-3 Sharks victory, Blues now facing elimination. HullandOates, your thoughts? [SLGT] Fear The Fin was happy. [Fear The Fin] CrossCheckRaise and I talked about the game. I also proposed a certain line from way back in October be put back together. [SLGT] Hey, the goal by Troy Brouwer was cool, at least. [The Sporting News] Oh, and Jon Hamm and his "Hat Of Lies" were in attendance Monday. He's Jon...

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