BLUES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Steen hopes to have a contract extension before the season starts

Alexander Steen is still recovering from shoulder surgery he required after skating through the playoffs with the injury, but he’s still reportedly intent on working out a new contract extension prior to the 2016-17 season. The Blues are also interested in figuring out an extension and hope to keep Steen in the mix beyond the upcoming season after watching David Backes and Troy...
Via Frozen Notes
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brian Elliott finally unquestioned No. 1 goalie with Flames

CALGRY, Alberta (AP) Brian Elliott was eager to get back in the rink on a hot summer day. After years of fending off challengers in St. Louis, the goalie has big expectations entering next season as the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary. ''This is a big one for me so I'm really looking forward to it,'' Elliott said when introduced to the media Wednesday. ''Sometimes you want that...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Front Runners for the “C”

With the loss of former captain David Backes to the Boston Bruins in free agency, the St. Louis Blues are on the hunt for the next designated leader in their locker room. While they have a wide variety of options, there are a few standouts when it comes to likelihood of having the “C” on the front of their jersey for the upcoming season. Vladimir Tarasenko As the most skilled...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Blues fans have watched several key pieces from the 2015-16 roster find new homes over the summer. Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. David Backes signed with Boston. Troy Brouwer joined Elliott by signing with Calgary. On paper, the Blues look like a weaker team entering 2016-17 after seeing important veterans exit in favor of a stronger commitment to youth. Will the Blues...
Via Puck Drunk Love
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues sign Jaden Schwartz to five-year contract extension

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz, a restricted free agent, have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $26.75 million.Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose.The arbitration case had been set for July 20.In 240 games with St. Louis, the...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaden Schwartz files for salary arbitration

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz has filed for salary arbitration. Despite the fact the Blues have stated on numerous occasions that Schwartz would be their top priority over the summer, the 24-year-old forward still doesn’t have a new contract in place for 2016-17. An arbitration hearing will now be held in Toronto between July...
Via Frozen Notes
25 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Trade Kevin Shattenkirk to Ottawa

There are a lot of questions marks as to what is going on with the St. Louis Blues in the free agency period. It was clear from the beginning that they needed a boost on offense, but most of their moves have resulted in receiving future draft picks. The only improvement to their offense has been signing free agent David Perron to a two-year deal, but they have also lost David Backes...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kevin Shattenkirk relationship doesn’t look like it’s going to end well

The Blues and Kevin Shattenkirk were expected to go their separate ways at the 2016 NHL Draft. The draft came and went and Shattenkirk remained on the roster which was surprising to both the defenseman and his agent. As multiple teams around the league shake things up with some huge moves, the Shattenkirk relationship continues and unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going...
Via Frozen Notes
June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The Brian Elliott trade was going to happen eventually

Yesterday, St. Louis Blues fans saw the end of a phenomenal goalie in Brian Elliot being traded to the Calgary Flames. Many were waiting to hear about a Kevin Shattenkirk trade, but it was Elliott who got traded. This trade, however, would have had to happen at some point in the future. For starters, the NHL is going to be expanding with Las Vegas getting a team. With the new expansion...
Via isportsweb.com
June 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo hired as Blues coach, named successor to Hitchcock

Today, it was announced, courtesy of Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that Mike Yeo will be brought on as an assistant coach and will take over the Blues from Ken Hitchcock when he retires after the 2016-17 season. After a good year this past season, many weren’t sure what would happen to the Blues' coaching position. They played above many people’s expectations...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement tour

The St. Louis Blues made it to the NHL Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games. After a tremendous season ended just short of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced he’s coming back for one last go at another Stanley Cup. The 64-year-old had previously announced that the 2015-2016 season would be his last. But...
Via The Comeback
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the St. Louis Blues bench next season, as he’ll sign a one-year contract in a move which could be announced as soon as tomorrow, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hitchcock will be back with #stlblues on one-year contract for 2016-17 season, according to league sources. Announcement could come tomorrow — Jeremy Rutherford...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
Via Yardbarker
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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