Blues Rumors & News

  • Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

    Puck Drunk Love "We now know who will be replacing Duncan Keith on Canada’s 2016 World Cup roster and it’s a puzzling decision. Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will replace Keith on the roster. In a press release, team Canada GM Doug Armstrong said..." August 27

  • Steen could be ready to start season for Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Alexander Steen underwent shoulder surgery June 3, requiring a four-to-six month rehab, it was widely assumed that he would be forced to miss the World Cup of Hockey, Sept. 17-Oct. 1. Not in the mind of the Blues forward who was selected to represent Sweden. "He had pushed very hard to..." August 26

  • Blues Add Mike Weber On Tryout Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have signed 28 year old defenseman Mike Weber to a professional tryout, according to Andy Strckland. Weber started last year with the Buffalo Sabres, and finished it playing ten games with the Washington Capitals. A veteran of 351 NHL games, Weber scored one goal, five points,..." August 25

  • Bouwmeester named to Canada’s World Cup team, replacing the injured Duncan Keith

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis Blues veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been named to Canada’s 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. He will replace Chicago Blackhawks blue liner Duncan Keith, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. “As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee..." August 25

  • Blues set to name Pietrangelo captain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues say they will have a "major announcement" on Thursday afternoon, and the Post-Dispatch has learned that it will be to name the club's 21st captain. Alex Pietrangelo will be awarded the "C" in a press conference at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center. The captaincy became vacant when David..." August 24

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Blues would make a big mistake if they traded Kevin Shattenkirk

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’ve seen some twists and turns in the “Will they or won’t they?” saga regarding the St. Louis Blues trading Kevin Shattenkirk. The truth is, it shouldn’t even be a discussion. Shattenkirk is far too valuable to be shipped away in what would likely be a panic move. The main issue for the..." August 20

  • Blues believe Sobotka is still coming back

    St. Louis Game Time "It’s been assumed that Vladimir Sobotka would be leaving the KHL and returning to the Blues for the 2016-2017 season. Is this an exciting development for the team? Eh. Sobotka would be a welcome addition, but after the off-season that the Blues had, losing David Backes to the Boston Bruins and..." August 20

  • Blues GM Armstrong excited for re-tooled roster "In July, amid major changes to the St. Louis Blues, general manager Doug Armstrong said they might have to take a half-step back to take two steps forward. In August, a month before training camp, he sounded more optimistic. "Maybe we'll be better," he said. The Blues have been good the..." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Blackhawks, Blues reveal retro logos for 2017 Winter Classic

    CBS Sports "January seems a long, long way away right now, but the NHL held its annual late-summer press event to promote the forthcoming Winter Classic. The 2017 event, which will take place Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will feature the St. Louis Blues and Chicago..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Blues GM hints Shattenkirk off trade market

    ESPN "This was always going to be a transition offseason for the Blues, regardless of how the postseason played out. That David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott helped lead a charge to the Western Conference finals only made the breakup a little bit harder. But in general manager Doug..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Blues’ Steen wants to sign an extension before the season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues will have a different look on opening night. Gone are David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott. Alex Steen, a veteran who’s still on the roster, may not be in the lineup either when the season kicks off in October. Steen underwent shoulder surgery over the summer and..." August 01

  • Blues' Pietrangelo says Backes prepared him for potential captaincy

    The Score "David Backes' departure from St. Louis is somewhat bittersweet for Alex Pietrangelo. The Blues' top defenseman says Backes' decision to sign with the Boston Bruins was hard to hear - even admitting to succumbing to tears - but adds he would welcome the opportunity to don the captain's 'C' now..." July 29

  • Kyrou Agrees to 3-Year Entry-Level Deal "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a three-year, two-way entry level contract with forward Jordan Kyrou. The Blues selected Kyrou with a second-round pick acquired from the Calgary Flames at the 2016 NHL Draft in June. “I want to come here and show them what I can do,” Kyrou said..." July 28

  • Bergeron, Marchand sold Backes on Boston "When David Backes was in college, he wanted an animal or two to have around the house and keep him company. But as a seemingly young and maturing student, taking on such an important responsibility was not quite feasible. Backes, instead, decided the next best thing would be to volunteer at the..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

    Puck Drunk Love "Kevin Shattenkirk was supposed to be traded prior to the 2016 NHL Draft. Despite dozens of rumors, a trade never developed. Shattenkirk has remained with the Blues, watching the team deal away Brian Elliott while failing to sign David Backes and Troy Brouwer. Shattenkirk and his agent admitted..." July 27

  • Sydor named assistant coach of Blues’ AHL affiliate

    Pro Hockey Talk "Darryl Sydor, after being let go by the Minnesota Wild, has joined the Chicago Wolves as an assistant coach. The St. Louis Blues, the parent club of the AHL Wolves, made the announcement Monday. It was also announced that former NHLer Daniel Tkaczuk would join Sydor as an assistant on new head..." July 26

  • St. Louis Blues are in good shape despite key departures

    Boston Globe "Doug Armstrong did not consider saying goodbye to David Backes and Troy Brouwer and trading Brian Elliott an enjoyable exercise. Backes was St. Louis’s captain. Brouwer, acquired the year before from Washington for T.J. Oshie, punched in 18 goals while dressing in 82 regular-season games...." July 25

  • Blues’ Allen says he still needs to prove he’s a ‘legit’ No. 1 goalie

    Pro Hockey Talk "The goaltending roles in St. Louis have been clearly defined this summer. Jake Allen is the No. 1 netminder and Carter Hutton, a free agent acquisition, is the No. 2. For the past two seasons, especially, Allen and Brian Elliott were both counted on to shoulder the goaltending duties, but the..." July 24

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Schwartz signing shows how teams have to maneuver

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made it abundantly clear: His summer’s top contract priority was securing restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz for the long haul. It wasn’t easy, given the generous contracts forwards like Vincent Trocheck (six years, $28.5 million in Florida), Nathan..." July 19

  • Does Kevin Shattenkirk to the Oilers now make more sense?

    Edmonton Journal "The notion that Kevin Shattenkirk would end up on the Edmonton Oilers never made much sense, but have things changed? Is there a possibility that Shattenkirk’s value has dropped enough that he might now make sense for the Oilers, either as a one-year rental or as a long-term answer on the..." July 18

  • Kevin Shattenkirk twists in the wind with Blues

    Yahoo! Sports "The conversation happened before the NHL’s early summer market bazaar. Jordan Neumann, the agent for Kevin Shattenkirk, and Doug Armstrong, the general manager of the defenseman’s St. Louis Blues, talked about the present and the future. The impression made on Neumann was that the contract..." July 18

  • Copley Signs One-Year Deal "The Blues have signed goalie Pheonix Copley to a one-year, two-way contract. Earlier Friday, the club also signed goalie Jordan Binnington to a similiar deal, shoring up the goaltending situation for their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves." July 17

  • Blues re-sign Schwartz to 5-year, $26.75M contract

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have signed RFA Jaden Schwartz to a five-year deal, the team announced Friday. The contract is worth a total of $26.75 million and carries an annual cap hit of $5.35 million. Schwartz, 24, had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20." July 16

  • Shattenkirk not listed among Blues' core players by GM

    The Score "Signs continue to point to Kevin Shattenkirk's imminent departure from St. Louis. While announcing the signing of forward Jaden Schwartz to a new five-year contract, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong listed a group of core players around whom he's looking to build a..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Wayne Gretzky rookie card smashing record at ongoing auction

    SI "Nearly two decades after his retirement, the Great One is still obliterating records. The best-known example of Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card is up for auction and the early action has been historic. Bidding for the card, which is being offered by Goldin Auctions, already has..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Sobotka’s agent says he’s returning to the Blues

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vladimir Sobotka’s agent told GM Doug Armstrong that the forward is leaving the KHL to return to the St. Louis Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This backs up other signs that Sobotka might come back to the Blues, as discussed back on June 20. Naturally,..." July 09

  • Blues Sign Landon Ferraro

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues announced that they have inked 24-year-old forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year, two-way contract worth a reported $575K. In his first full NHL season last year, Ferraro recorded five goals and five assists while playing for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. Ferraro..." July 09

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Paajarvi Agrees to One-Year Deal with Blues "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Magnus Paajarvi. Last season, Paajarvi played in 48 games for the Blues, scoring three goals and six assists (9 points). He also made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring one assist." July 05

  • Perron excited about second chance with Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When it was obvious that David Perron no longer was a fit in Pittsburgh last season and the Penguins placed the forward on the trade block, the Blues had internal talks about bringing their 2007 first-round draft pick back to St. Louis. Instead, Perron went to Anaheim, where he teamed with..." July 04

  • David Backes ultimately didn’t return to the Blues because they didn’t agree to a fifth year on his contract

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Within hours of David Backes’ decision to leave the Blues Friday, the team released a video tribute to say “thank you” to the decade-long member of the organization. The minute-long collage opened with the first goal of Backes’ career, a backhander against Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2006. “It..." July 03

  • Andrew Agozzino takes one year deal with St. Louis

    Today's Slapshot "Last summer, the Colorado Avalanche inked forward prospect Andrew Agozzino to a one year extension with the club after being given just one NHL game during the previous season. Now, though, he’s headed elsewhere. The St. Louis Blues picked up Agozzino, who became a category VI free agent..." July 02

  • Bruins' Backes: My one regret is not winning a Cup with Blues

    The Score "After spending his entire NHL career in one city, now-former Blues captain David Backes is heading to the Boston Bruins after signing a five-year contract on the first day of free agency, but the city of St. Louis remains close to his heart. Attending a St. Louis Cardinals game Friday, Backes..." July 02

  • Blues trend younger as Backes, Brouwer leave

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong kept one eye on the future while assessing his team's Final Four run. Yes, the 2015-16 team did big things. It went deeper in the playoffs than any Blues team in 15 years. But it fell short of the ultimate goal, so the evolution of the team had to..." July 02

  • Blues sign Bleackley to entry-level contract, 8 others to 1-year deals

    The Score "Conner Bleackley has finally signed a NHL contract. The 20-year-old agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the St. Louis Blues, the team announced on Saturday. Bleackley was originally drafted in the first round in 2014 by the Colorado Avalanche. He was traded to the Arizona Coyotes..." July 02

  • Blues trade Anders Nilsson to Sabres for 5th-round pick

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues traded goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the 2017 NHL draft, the Sabres announced Saturday. Nilsson started last season with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to the Blues in February. He posted a 10-13-2 record with..." July 02

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