Blues Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Blues looking to bring back Perron

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues might take a second chance on one of their former first-round picks. The club is looking to bring back forward David Perron, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. " July 01

  • Sounds like Blues won't be trading Shattenkirk

    CSN New England "So, it looks like the Bruins will have to find a puck-moving, “transitional” defenseman elsewhere as Blues D-man Kevin Shattenkirk may be off the market for a while. Blues President of Hockey Operations and GM Doug Armstrong jumped on with the NHL Tonight crew on NHL Network Friday afternoon..." July 01

  • Red Wings sign abrasive Steve Ott to one-year, $800,000 deal

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Steve Ott to a one-year deal for $800,000, filling their need for an abrasive fourth-line player. Ott, 33, was limited to 21 games last season with the St. Louis Blues due to surgery in December on his hamstring. He finished with no goals, two assists and..." July 01

  • Blues bet on Jake Allen, sign goaltender to 4-year extension

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues paved the way for Jake Allen to take over No. 1 goaltender duties when they traded Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames at the NHL Draft. The Blues signed Allen to a four-year, $17.4-million contract extension, the team announced Friday. Allen’s extension kicks in to start..." July 01

  • Bruins Agree To Five-Year Deal With Free Agent David Backes

    CBS Boston "The Boston Bruins kicked off NHL free agency with a big move, agreeing to terms with free agent forward David Backes. TSN’s Bob McKenzie first reported the news on Twitter as a one-year deal, but the terms were quickly announced as five years and $30 million." July 01

  • Calgary Flames Sign Troy Brouwer

    HockeyBuzz "The Calgary Flames have signed winger Troy Brouwer to a four-year deal worth $4.5 million per season. Brouwer definitely fits the description of the power forward the Flames have been after. He's 6'3 and has averaged 21 goals and 41 points over the last three seasons. His underlying numbers..." July 01

  • David Perron signs with St. Louis Blues for two years, $7.5 million

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have signed free agent forward David Perron to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. The cap hit will be $3.75 million per season." July 01

  • Carter Hutton leaving Predators, signing with Blues

    Tennessean "Goaltender Carter Hutton is leaving the Predators after three seasons, signing a two-year contract with the Blues with a reported cap hit of $1.125 million." July 01

  • Brouwer still talking to Blues, Flames reportedly among teams with interest

    The Score "Troy Brouwer is in a good spot heading into free agency. The 30-year-old winger is coming off a solid regular season and impressive playoff performance with the St. Louis Blues, all of which will serve him well on the open market as an unrestricted free agent. Brouwer remains in talks with..." June 30

  • Report: Shattenkirk wouldn’t sign with Oilers, killing potential trade

    Puck Drunk Love "Prior to the shocking trade which sent Taylor Hall from the Oilers to the Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson, there was plenty of talk suggesting the Oilers and the Blues might be working on a deal involving Kevin Shattenkirk. With the dust still settling on the Hall-Larsson swap, it sounds like..." June 30

  • Caron Agrees to One-Year Deal with Blues "The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a new one-year two-way deal with forward Jordan Caron. Caron received a qualifying offer from the Blues on Tuesday and was a restricted free agent." June 29

  • Vladimir Sobotka expected to opt out of KHL contract

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues could be set to welcome back a familiar face. Vladimir Sobotka is expected to exercise an option in his KHL contract that would allow him to return to the NHL, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. His agent, Petr Svoboda, is working on his release from Omsk, while Blues..." June 28

  • Shattenkirk expects Blues to trade him

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Kevin Shattenkirk believes that he won’t be a Blue much longer. In fact, the defenseman’s agent is surprised that he’s still with the club. Before last weekend’s NHL draft, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong called Shattenkirk’s agent, Jordan Neumann of Edge Sports Management, and discussed..." June 28

  • Kyle Brodziak Re-Signs With Blues For Two Seasons

    St. Louis Game Time "Doug Armstrong has been busy getting small pieces locked up. First was the Scottie Upshall re-signing, and today the Blues announced that they re-signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year deal." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Blues put focus on forwards on second day of draft

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As they left the First Niagara Center Saturday afternoon, the Blues must have felt like they forget something. Like a defenseman. The Blues typically walk away from the NHL draft with a puck-moving blueliner, usually from one of the first few rounds. This time, not only did they not choose..." June 26

  • Report: Blues requested Red Wings Dylan Larkin in trade for Kevin Shattenkirk

    Winging It In Motown "Reports had surfaced on Sunday out of the Free Press that when the Red Wings inquired on defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, the St. Louis Blues’ asking price was forward Dylan Larkin: St. Louis has to decide what to do with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but on first chatter the Blues wanted Larkin,..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25