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Jun 18, 2019
Blues release pre-season schedule, including Kraft Hockeyville Game

Blues release pre-season schedule, including Kraft Hockeyville Game

Time stops for no man. It feels like just last week that the Blues won the Stanley Cup and a very, very long season came to an end. Oh, wait, it was? Hm. The NHL and time stop for no man, so before the beer in the bowl of the Cup runs out, here we go, looking toward September and the pre-season. The Blues announced their schedule today (all times are Central): Sept. 16 - Blues at Stars - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 - Blues at Capitals - 6 p.m. Sept. 20 - Blues at Jets - 7 p.m. Sept. 22 - Blues vs. Blue Jackets - 6 p.m. Sept. 24 - Blues vs. Stars - 7 p.m. Sept. 26 - Blues at Red Wings - 6 p.m....
Jun 17, 2019
What will Jordan Binnington’s next contract look like?

What will Jordan Binnington’s next contract look like?

The Stanley Cup winner shouldn’t be nervous at all. The Blues deserved this weekend of celebration before the magnifying glasses came out and CapFriendly.com got bookmarked. The boys are in Vegas now waiting for the NHL Awards to start, so it’s fair to speculate now on the off-season. The biggest question, of course, is what the Blues are going to do about their goaltending. Right now, they have a projected $18,733,334 in cap space. That’s going to go to signing pending UFAs Patrick Maroon and possibly re-signing Carl Gunnarsson, as well tending QOs as a slew of RFAs that include Ivan...
Jun 16, 2019
This Week In Blues History: June 10 - June 16

This Week In Blues History: June 10 - June 16

St. Louis Game Time Debuts a New Column: This Week In Blues History June 10: The St. Louis Blues named Bob Plager Director Player Development and Joe Micheletti Assistant Coach on June 10, 1987. Dan Kelly inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Fame on June 10, 2017. June 11: Lynn Patrick, the 1st hockey hire of the St. Louis Blues (General Manager and Head Coach) was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 11, 1980. Former St. Louis Blues goalie, Grant Fuhr, and St. Louis born, Pat LaFontaine, elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 11, 2003. Rod Brind’Amour was drafted in...
Jun 16, 2019
From Buffalo boredom to Cup Crazy: The Ryan O’Reilly story should inspire

From Buffalo boredom to Cup Crazy: The Ryan O’Reilly story should inspire

I wonder if Ryan O’Reilly will look at the picture used in this article, and instantly lose control of his emotions. A year ago, the center was wasting away in Buffalo, cleaning out a locker and looking ahead at an unknown future. It was known for some time that O’Reilly wasn’t going to play hockey in upstate New York the following season, but the destination was uncertain. The St. Louis Blues and O’Reilly had danced around the possibility of joining forces for some time, like a high-paid actor would do with the studio that wants to make the next Batman. The bromance became a...
Jun 15, 2019
St. Louis’ ambassador to the world Brett Hull had a very, very good day

St. Louis’ ambassador to the world Brett Hull had a very, very good day

He may have won two Cups as a player, but it’s doubtful those celebrations came close to this. After presumably going missing after the Blues’ victory Wednesday night, the Blues own Ambassador of Fun and guy that the Blues trot out when they need to close a business deal Brett Hull was located on Market Street this morning. Brett was having fun. The Drunkest Man in America hasn’t slowed down much since the Stanley Cup Final began and he didn’t lighten up for the parade, either. At the start of the route, interviewed by Andy Strickland, he was still intelligible. Sure, it didn’t...
Jun 15, 2019
Blues show first class treatment with Chris Thorburn

Blues show first class treatment with Chris Thorburn

What a story... When Chris Thorburn signed with the St. Louis Blues before the 2017-18 season, I immediately coined him “Hockey Jesus.” Think about it. All it takes is a quick glance to recognize this guy may have died on the cross for an extra shift or two. In a way, the Blues signed him to not replace the departed Ryan Reaves as a complete player, but to retain the fighter aspect lost in the trade that helped the team snag Klim Kostin. Thorburn would only score a goal and put up seven points that season, playing in parts of 50 games. The two year deal he signed was also a two way...
Jun 15, 2019
Please hand me a violin so I can play it for Brad Marchand

Please hand me a violin so I can play it for Brad Marchand

We stole his dream after all... Imagine a world where Brad Marchand is the kid who just got an ice cream cone at the shop on the corner, and before he can take one lick, a group of kids ambush him and steal the treat. This spring, the St. Louis Blues were those kids, jumping the poor little bastard and stealing his dream. After all, that’s what Marchand told the media after the brutal Game 7 loss at the TC Garden on Wednesday: the Blues “took our dream.” Boo hoo, brosive. You lost, plain and simple. Pardon me if I appear a tad hostile this morning. Out of all the Boston Bruins who...
Jun 15, 2019
Here’s the parade order and rally info for the Stanley Cup championship parade

Here’s the parade order and rally info for the Stanley Cup championship parade

blues-stanley-cup-championship-parade-information Good Saturday morning, Blues fans! The sun may not be out and there aren’t many birds chirping on Market Street, but I’m 1000% sure that no one gives a damn right now. You’re not in downtown St. Louis for the weather, you’re there for a championship parade. Hopefully everyone has some good spots staked out already - Game Time has a few tents on Kiener Plaza - and are ready to cheer on the Blues’ front office, alumni, call-ups, and players, in that order. Looking for a chance to snap a photo of your favorite player? Here’s the...
Jun 14, 2019
Gallery: Blues celebrate their first Stanley Cup win

Gallery: Blues celebrate their first Stanley Cup win

You guys need some extra ammo to help you get excited for the parade tomorrow? Tomorrow afternoon is the Blues’ Stanley Cup championship parade and rally down Market Street and ending at the Arch. The Blues’ celebrations have been going on for two days straight and Saturday? Saturday may be the biggest party that Downtown St. Louis has ever seen. Get down there early, grab some cold adult beverages, and celebrate. To get you excited about tomorrow afternoon, here’s a gallery of the Blues’ throwing down. We’d love to put together a gallery after the parade and celebrations of your...
Jun 14, 2019
Blues blow Stanley Cup Final Game Seven ratings out of the water

Blues blow Stanley Cup Final Game Seven ratings out of the water

NBC and the NHL should be very happy. If there’s one thing Midwesterners dislike, it’s being referred to as flyover country in any context. We get it a lot with two key areas of American culture: politics and sports. People talk about how major sports leagues want big, coastal markets for the ratings all of the time, and discount the possibility that anyone within non-coastal markets care to watch, or that maybe those non-coastal markets have fans who have transplanted elsewhere. St. Louis has long been one of the most consistent markets for the NHL on NBC, and have given the Blues...
Jun 13, 2019
The last Blues game broadcast on KMOX was a Stanley Cup winner

The last Blues game broadcast on KMOX was a Stanley Cup winner

Talk about a grand finale. For some of us, hearing the news in January that the Blues were switching from KMOX to ESPN 101.1 was sad. It reminded me of when the Cardinals briefly switched over to KTRS a few years ago - it didn’t feel right. For out of town fans, KMOX is a beacon. I could easily listen to Blues broadcasts on my car radio, and when coming home from Thrashers games I could hear Chase and Kerbs more clearly than Dan Kamal doing post-game on 680 the Fan in Atlanta. Folks from St. Louis are emotionally attached to that station identification. While those in the city will be...
Jun 13, 2019
From The Cellar to The Cup: The story of the 2018-19 Blues

From The Cellar to The Cup: The story of the 2018-19 Blues

Bobby Plager asked and received his wish I thought about my dad first. As the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Garden in Boston, I thought about watching the St. Louis Blues for the first time with my dad and brother back in 1988. Brett Hull had just arrived, stolen our hearts, and wouldn’t give them back for a decade. Back then, the Stanley Cup wasn’t in a young kid’s vision. I was six years old. All you cared about was goals, hot dogs, and a soda at the game. Trading cards, jerseys, and more goals. You didn’t even give a piece of your mind to the ultimate prize. Being a...
Jun 13, 2019
The St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Parade will be Saturday at noon

The St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Parade will be Saturday at noon

Everyone get to Market Street early. Good morning, Blues fans! The sun is shining (at least where I am), birds are chirping, and the Stanley Cup? The Stanley Cup is in its new home. The celebration’s just getting started. Judging off of players’ tweets, they may not be asleep yet. Honestly, judging from social media, they may not even be sober yet. Most of you guys may not be sober yet. Someone at City Hall is, because the city of St. Louis and the Blues released the parade plans so everyone can get a chance to see Lord Stanley’s Cup and the team that finally brought it to St....
Jun 13, 2019
Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly played with cracked ribs, scored four goals in four games anyway

Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly played with cracked ribs, scored four goals in four games anyway

Because it’s the Cup. When Ryan O’Reilly came to St. Louis from the Buffalo Sabres, the first thing he told Doug Armstrong was “let’s go win a Cup.” He made good on that suggestion tonight, with the Blues taking game seven from the Boston Bruins 4-1. O’Reilly scored in the last four games, and he finished the playoffs with 9 goals and 16 assists, and the lead in points. During the Dallas and San Jose series, his play looked a little rusty at times. He didn’t score a goal against the Stars, and only had one goal and one assist against the Sharks until game six, where he added...
Jun 12, 2019
Ryan O’Reilly Wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Ryan O’Reilly Wins Conn Smythe Trophy

The Blues forward had a brilliant series. Ryan O’Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff most valuable player after tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. O’Reilly finished the playoffs with nine goals and 16 assists, and scored in four straight playoff games this round. After a slow start that had fans wondering if he was hurt, O’Reilly came back in a big way to help get the Blues across the finish line. The Blues had several candidates for Conn Smythe: Jordan Binnington, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz. But in the end, it was the player that the Blues...