Blues Rumors & News

  • Backes scores winner as Blues tie series with Stars

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues wanted a split in Dallas, and thanks to their captain, David Backes, who scored a power-play goal 10:58 into overtime, the Blues edged the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series on Sunday at American Airlines Center. Stars..." May 01

  • Faksa helps Stars take Game 1 vs. Blues

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Radek Faksa definitely likes Game 1 of a playoff series. For the second consecutive series, the Dallas rookie scored the game-winning goal to open the series as the Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in in the second-round series on Friday at American Airlines Center. Faksa..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Blues best Blackhawks, eliminate champs in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- All that mattered to Troy Brouwer was that the red light went on and the puck went in the net. "That's the ugliest goal I've ever scored and probably the most timely," said Brouwer, whose goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win..." April 26

  • Troy Brouwer ‘might’ve quit hockey’ if he missed open net

    Sportsnet "Troy Brouwer‘s goal was the difference in Game 7 as the St. Louis Blues eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks. But it may have been the ugliest Game 7 winner of all-time (video above). It almost didn’t go in. Brouwer took a couple of whacks at it that he whiffed on and actually appeared to try and..." April 26

  • Hitchcock shrugs off exchange with Tarasenko

    ESPN "Cameras caught a brief exchange between Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and star winger Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues' bench after the second period of Game 6. It was clear Tarasenko wasn't thrilled with his lack of time on the Blues' power play. There was a heated exchange of words, and on Sunday,..." April 25

  • Blackhawks beat Blues to set up Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right winger Dale Weise knew to skate to the left circle and release a high, hard shot as quickly as possible. At long last, the puck found the back of the net. Weise picked a perfect moment to snap an 18-game scoring drought and notch his first goal as a..." April 24

  • Blues’ Stastny: ‘History has to change eventually’

    Pro Hockey Talk "There are plenty of ways that the St. Louis Blues can approach what should be a fascinating Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Some might find it difficult to shrug off the Blues’ past playoff disappointments and the Blackhawks’ loaded resume of big-game success. Paul Stastny..." April 24

  • Is there a rift forming between Vladimir Tarasenko and Ken Hitchcock?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Is there some heat between St. Louis Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko and hard-nosed head coach Ken Hitchcock? Some are floating that thought, especially following what looked like a tense exchange (see video above) during Game 6. Hitchcock is the sort of “gruff” coach who, the story goes,..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Kane saves Blackhawks' season with OT winner vs. Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Duncan Keith needed only three words to describe the importance of Patrick Kane's goal 3:07 into the second overtime Thursday night that propelled the team to a 4-3 win over the St, Louis Blues. "Saved our season," Keith said. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago..." April 22

  • Pietrangelo: 'It's going to be fun to win it in Chicago'

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues have remained markedly poised throughout their first-round clash with the Chicago Blackhawks and that didn't change Thursday when Patrick Kane rescued the opposition, forcing Game 6 in double overtime. To wit, Alex Pietrangelo, the NHL's on-ice leader in the playoffs,..." April 22

  • Blues recall D Chris Butler from Wolves

    Fox Sports Midwest "The St. Louis Blues called up another player from their AHL affiliate to have ready if needed, this time defenseman Chris Butler. Butler, a 29-year-old native of St. Louis, has posted 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and 39 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Wolves this season. " April 21

  • Blues edge Blackhawks, grab 3-1 series edge

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues captain David Backes smiled and shook his head as he spoke about the goal-scoring ability of teammate Vladimir Tarasenko. "I don't know how he shoots the puck like that," Backes said. "I wish he would tell me his secrets." The Blues are working to uncover..." April 20

  • Tarasenko riding historic playoff scoring pace

    The Score "It's a small sample size - Wayne Gretzky posted an NHL-best 0.59 goals per game in 208 playoff games - but Tarasenko's accomplishment is impressive considering he's only 24 years old. The Blues signed him to an eight-year, $60-million extension last summer, and he's delivered since, leading the..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Schwartz's late goal gives Blues series lead

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues left winger Jaden Schwartz knew exactly what to do on the power play. Teammate Vladimir Tarasenko set up at the point with the puck. David Backes stationed his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame at the side of the net. Schwartz skated to the low slot and stayed ready...." April 17

  • Remarkable return: Steve Ott suits up for the Blues

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the St. Louis Blues need inspiration, how about the unlikely return of a character guy? Steve Ott is suiting up against considerable odds as the Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3, which is mere moments from beginning." April 17

  • Controversial calls go Blackhawks way in win vs. Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Joel Quenneville's decision to make a coach's challenge Friday night might have turned the opening-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. With 7:46 to play in the third period of a 1-1 game, the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko appeared to score his second..." April 16

  • Tarasenko told Blues to get Panarin before Blackhawks signed him

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Chicago left winger Artemi Panarin was a bit of a revelation to the NHL this season, breaking into the league and putting up 77 points in 80 games as a rookie. It was not a surprise to Vladimir Tarasenko, who had told the Blues previously about the talent of his close friend and fellow..." April 15

  • Blues best Blackhawks on Backes' goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- David Backes could not have picked a better time for his first shot on goal Wednesday night. Backes' shot 9:04 into overtime went off the skate of Chicago defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and past goalie Corey Crawford to give the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 win over the Blackhawks in..." April 14

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Allen says he'll be ready to go Game 1.

  • Blues' David Backes: 'Nothing holding me back'

    CBS Sports "Backes (lower body) said there's "nothing hold me back at this point" and is expected to be ready for the postseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports." April 10

  • Blues sign Edmundson to 2-year extension

    The Hockey Writers "The St. Blues announced today that they’ve signed 22-year old defenseman Joel Edmundson to a two-year contract extension. The team made the announcement via their official Twitter account." April 09

  • Blues beat 'Hawks, clinch home ice

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock always is confident that right winger Vladimir Tarasenko will be ready in the biggest moments of a game. "He's a guy that we count on," Hitchcock said. "He can score from anywhere. He can score at any time." Just ask the Chicago..." April 08

  • Former NHL coach Jacques Demers hospitalized after stroke

    Sporting News "Former NHL coach Jacques Demers, 71, was in stable condition Thursday at a Montreal hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night, CBC News reported. Demers, who is now a Quebec senator, was scheduled to appear on a radio show Wednesday in Montreal but never showed up. He was inundated..." April 08

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Blues tied atop division with win over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Overcoming one injury after another has been the story of the St. Louis Blues season. So why should they expect anything to be different with a week to go before the playoffs? Some of the players arrived for Monday night's game against the Arizona Coyotes unaware that their..." April 04

  • Nilsson, Blues shut down Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Anders Nilsson was added as insurance when he was acquired from Edmonton on Feb. 26. St. Louis cashed in his policy Sunday, and the goaltender came through when starter Jake Allen went down. Nilsson stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced in the last 40 minutes, and the Blues..." April 04

  • Which goalie should the Blues start in the playoffs?

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues seemingly always find a way to bow out earlier than expected in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with their goaltending shouldering much of the blame in recent years. Earlier this season, it seemed as if Jake Allen was finally poised to become the goaltender of the future for the..." April 03

  • Bruins outscore Blues, improve playoff chances

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Having lost six of their last seven games and scoring a combined 10 goals, the Boston Bruins found themselves in a precarious position Friday in their fight for a Stanley Cup playoff spot. They came into their game against the red-hot St. Louis Blues with a one-point lead over..." April 02

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Fabbri out, but Blues say he'll be skating soon

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues forward Robby Fabbri will not be in the lineup Friday and is expected to miss a few games, but the club is optimistic that he won't be out long-term. In reference to Fabbri and injured defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Carl Gunnarsson, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Thursday, "All the guys..." March 31

  • Blues defeat Avalanche for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Every time it seems the St. Louis Blues have had a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the Central Division, they look up and see that the Dallas Stars have won again. "Welcome to the Central Division," said David Backes. "It's win and keep pace and lose and..." March 30

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Blues sign University of Michigan senior Selman

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis got in on the undrafted college free agent game on Monday, agreeing to a two-year, entry-level contract with the University of Michigan’s Justin Selman. Selman, 22, enjoyed a four-year career at Ann Arbor, finishing his senior campaign with 13 goals and 31 points in 38 contests. The..." March 28

  • Alexander Steen plans to return to Blues on Tuesday

    ESPN "St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen expects to play in Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche after missing more than five weeks with an upper-body injury. "You're probably going to see me on the ice tomorrow," Steen told reporters after Monday's practice." March 28

  • Parise, Elliott, Kessel named NHL’s three stars of the week "Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 27." March 28

  • Blues record fourth straight shutout, beat Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- After he recorded his third straight shutout on Friday night, St. Louis Blues' goalie Brian Elliott had Saturday night off. Jake Allen picked right up where Elliott left off. Allen made 32 saves, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 35th goal of the season and the Blues defeated..." March 26

  • Blues' Elliott records third straight shutout

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues came into Friday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks well aware of what was at stake. All they had to do was earn a victory to clinch a playoff spot and their 4-0 win also moved them into a tie for first place in the Central Division with the idle..." March 25

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    St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

    Jay Bouwmeester has an upper-body injury and has been ruled out for the next two games. Robert Bortuzzo will step in tonight. #stlblues

  • Elliott makes 37 saves as Blues blank Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Robby Fabbri spoiled the San Jose Sharks' clinching party Tuesday night. The Blues rookie scored his 17th goal of the season midway through the third period to break a scoreless tie and send the St. Louis Blues past San Jose 1-0 at SAP Center. "That's the type of..." March 23

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23