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Oct 19, 2020
NBC broadcaster Doc Emrick announces retirment

NBC broadcaster Doc Emrick announces retirment

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via He’s been at it for nearly 60 seasons. NBCSN’s broadcasts of hockey games next season will have a decidedly different sound without Doc Emrick. He’s been a fixture on NBC Sports’ broadcasts for fifteen years, and fixture on New Jersey Devils broadcasts for years before that. According to the NHL’s press release on Doc’s retirement, Emrick has called around 3750 hockey games, 22 Stanley Cup Finals, 45 playoff game sevens, 14 All-Star games, and 19 outdoor games. He’s also won eight Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality. Doc, of...
Oct 18, 2020
I’m Back...

I’m Back...

After a VERY long absence, Your “Game Time” Prospect Department is back... | Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Tomorrow’s Blues with Brian Weidler Never let it be said that an old dog cannot learn new tricks. This old dog, Your “Game Time” Prospect Department, has finally managed to slay the dragon of two-factor authentication, and we will once again be posting “Tomorrow’s Blues” articles and assorted other news about the Blues’ developmental system. We even have admin privileges on the GT Facebook page, so we are thinking about an occasional webcast. Ain’t technology...
Oct 17, 2020
NHL GM: Blues signing Faulk, Krug “vindictive”

NHL GM: Blues signing Faulk, Krug “vindictive”

Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports In what way? On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Craig Custance published a breakdown of every team’s free agency moves so far, as analyzed by NHL GMs (subscription required). It’s well worth the read if you’re a subscriber - it feels like it’s rare to get opinions from NHL execs about one of the most important times of the year for teams. Most analysis come from pundits and journalists; the guys on the front lines of the signings are going to have a significantly unique take. If you scroll down to the section on the Blues, you come across this comment...
Oct 15, 2020
Who will be the Blues next captain?

Who will be the Blues next captain?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports I don’t have ESPN or anything, but I have a sneaking suspicion. I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t write a post about speculation regarding the Blues’ next captain. The thought was in my head at least a month ago: “if Alex Pietrangelo goes, who’s next?” It’s Ryan O’Reilly. I don’t even know if it’s a contest. Both Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko are starting the year on the LTIR, and Steen is entering the last year of his contract. Tarasenko is a leader, but to be honest, I’ve never gotten a feeling of “this guy speaks...
Oct 13, 2020
Alex Pietrangelo’s new contract: The Blues may have dodged a future bullet

Alex Pietrangelo’s new contract: The Blues may have dodged a future bullet

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports The structure of the deal is... inventive. It’s never easy to lose a cornerstone player, let alone the captain who brought the Stanley Cup to St. Louis. Alex Pietrangelo is a Golden Knight now, and he will be for the next seven years - and the contract structure may cause headaches for Vegas as time goes on. Already players are in the process of being moved (some of whom were caught off guard by their being dealt), and at least one other will have to be shipped out to relax Vegas’ cap situation. The obvious target for trade is Marc-Andre Fleury, but with...
Oct 12, 2020
Oh Hello Brett Hull!.. Er, I mean Alex Pietrangelo!

Oh Hello Brett Hull!.. Er, I mean Alex Pietrangelo!

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Or is it pronounced \DAY-vihd BA-kuhs\??? Alex Pietrangelo has moved his talents to the Vegas Golden Knights, after turbulent contract talks with the St. Louis Blues. So much drama flooded the public that it’s hard to cypher through what was legit and what was BS. The general feeling was almost that Pietrangelo was almost using the public’s anger to his advantage in negotiations — trying to rile up the Blues fans to help motivate the Blues to offer more money. Say what you will about those tactics... Pietrangelo’s agent, Mark Guy, has...
Oct 12, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights sign Alex Pietrangelo to seven year contract

Vegas Golden Knights sign Alex Pietrangelo to seven year contract

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports The former Blues’ captain is officially a Knight. Alex Pietrangelo has been in Las Vegas for the last few days, meeting with team officials, seeing the sights, and hammering out a contract. Today, he got his deal: Full no move clause in the deal. https://t.co/H4wx25A8ps— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 12, 2020 It looked like it boiled down to exactly what Blues fans suspected, but it’s a little more complicated than just a NMC. Jeremy Rutherford points out that the Blues last offer was for a longer term, but less pay a year. At...
Oct 12, 2020
If you Gave Me the Keys to the Blues

If you Gave Me the Keys to the Blues

Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Here’s what I’d do if you gave me the keys to the Blues SOURCES CLOSE TO THE ATHLETIC HAVE CONFIRMED THAT ALEX PIETRANGELO IS SIGNING IN VEGAS, MEANING THIS ARTICLE IS NOW OUTDATED. The Blues have done the best they can in light of all of this off-season’s dramatics but there are still moves to be made. They have lost — or will lose — notable pieces to their lineup and the replacements leave a bit to be desired. There is still a lot of hope for the Blues off-season, though, even if their current moves shine a little light into them moving in a new...
Oct 11, 2020
Blues sign Kyle Clifford to two-year contract

Blues sign Kyle Clifford to two-year contract

Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via The signing adds some botton-six insurance Doug Armstrong isn’t done with free agency. He’s signed some AHL depth guys since signing Torey Krug on Friday, and today he’s shored up the bottom six with Kyle Clifford. The Blues have signed free agent Kyle Clifford to a two-year contract. #stlblues DETAILS: https://t.co/r7Dq5mB9yY pic.twitter.com/nqL2D0p2ee— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 11, 2020 Clifford had seven goals and 10 assists between the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs last season, so he’s not a big point producer -...
Oct 10, 2020
How To Be A General Manager: Why Doug Armstrong couldn’t wait for Alex Pietrangelo to make a choice

How To Be A General Manager: Why Doug Armstrong couldn’t wait for Alex Pietrangelo to make a choice

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Would you rather Doug Armstrong came away with nothing? In the wake of a move that all but seals the departure of Alex Pietrangelo, people are acting like the St. Louis Blues just reacquired Carlo Colaiacovo or something. (No offense, Carlo.) Here’s the deal, or at least how I see it. General Manager Doug Armstrong did something he had never done with a free agent player. They offered Pietrangelo a partial No Movement Clause and even threw in a signing bonus. Again, two things majority owner Tom Stillman and Armstrong have ever done before during their time in...
Oct 10, 2020
Alex Pietrangelo “caught off guard” by Torey Krug signing

Alex Pietrangelo “caught off guard” by Torey Krug signing

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Should Doug Armstrong’ve waited on Petro? In a Zoom interview with press last night, Doug Armstrong didn’t close the door on talks with Alex Pietrangelo, saying “you never know what happens in the future... we have to get very creative.” He implied that the Blues were just “knock[ing] things off as they came” when they signed Krug. On his part, Alex Pietrangelo didn’t seem to expect the signing: I traded texts with Pietrangelo last night and today.It's fair to say there's two sides: he declined the Blues' latest offer and decided to go the...
Oct 9, 2020
Thank you, Alex Pietrangelo

Thank you, Alex Pietrangelo

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Cheers, Captain Alex Pietrangelo is most likely not returning to the St. Louis Blues for the 2020-21 season, or the season taking place totally in 2021, but being labeled 2020-21 officially. The reality sank in pretty hard after Doug Armstrong and the Blues signed former Boston Bruins defenseman, Torey Krug, to a seven year contract with a rich annual average value. During a Zoom call with local media, Armstrong left open the door for a miraculous Petro return, but that’s publicity stunting at its finest. He knows it’s over. In the end, the general...
Oct 9, 2020
Blues sign Torey Krug, apparently move on from Pietrangelo

Blues sign Torey Krug, apparently move on from Pietrangelo

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Krug was one of the top targets on the free agent market. When free agency began this afternoon, it was assumed that Alex Pietrangelo would continue his talks with Doug Armstrong while also testing the free agent waters. The Blues were willing to give Pietrangelo money and term, but a no-trade clause and bonuses were rumored to be the hold-up. Doug Armstrong doesn’t hand out contract perks, and signing Pietrangelo to a large contract, it would make cap management difficult for the next couple of seasons. Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was also in...
Oct 8, 2020
Alex Pietrangelo expects to hit open market

Alex Pietrangelo expects to hit open market

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via This could be the end of the captain’s time in St. Louis Tonight may be the last night that Alex Pietrangelo is a St. Louis Blue. The long back and forth between the captain and general manager Doug Armstrong that began last off-season is wrapping up - the salary cap is stagnant, and Petro is in for a raise. Armstrong would have to shuffle pieces off in trades to hold on to the first Blue to ever touch the Stanley Cup. Pietrangelo was drafted fourth overall in the 2008 NHL draft. St. Louis is the only franchise that he’s ever known. His wife and her...
Oct 7, 2020
Recapping the St. Louis Blues 2020 NHL Draft

Recapping the St. Louis Blues 2020 NHL Draft

Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Seven rounds have come and gone. Here’s the low-down on all of the new Blues. Well. It was four months late, and held virtually, but the 2020 NHL Draft has finally wrapped up. There were plenty of surprises and a lot of picks that felt entirely out of place. I mean, don’t tell me you expected Yaroslav Askarov to go to Nashville. But things are finally over. And after participating in six rounds, and reeling in seven picks, here’s all of the new names that the St. Louis Blues picked up. Recapping the Blues Draft First Round (26th Overall) — Jake...