Blues Rumors & News

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Wayne Gretzky joining NHL for Centennial Celebration

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky and the NHL are joining together to celebrate the League's 100th anniversary with a year-long Centennial Celebration in 2017. Gretzky will serve as the official ambassador to the Centennial Celebration, which begins Jan. 1 in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game..." September 27

  • Vladimir Sobotka set to stay in KHL with Omsk

    Yahoo! Sports "St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Sobotka in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) We finally have an answer as to whether Vladimir Sobotka will return to the NHL and St. Louis Blues this season. He’s..." September 27

  • Hitchcock, Blues focused on evaluating young players

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In Ken Hitchcock’s previous four training camps with the Blues, his system was already in place, and with every player accounted for on the ice, the practices were used to knock the rust off. This camp is different. The Blues are tweaking their system, so more teaching has been incorporated..." September 25

  • Team USA's early exit surprises Stastny, Shattenkirk

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Between them, the Blues’ Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk have represented the United States in three Olympics and four world championships, so they’re no strangers when it comes to the Stars and Stripes and international hockey. And while they weren’t chosen this time for the United States team..." September 24

  • Steen signs 4-year extension with Blues

    NHL.com "Alexander Steen will be a member of the St. Louis Blues for the forseeable future. Steen signed a four-year contract extension worth $23 million on Friday, the first day of training camp. The 32-year-old forward, who had one year remaining on his current three-year deal, is now signed with the..." September 23

  • After expecting trade, Shattenkirk commits to leadership role for Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In a matter of months, Kevin Shattenkirk will go from the verge of being traded by the Blues to opening training camp with the club Friday with an “A” on his chest. General manager Doug Armstrong had talks with teams about Shattenkirk leading up to the NHL draft in June, but when that dialogue..." September 20

  • Sobotka silliness has gone on long enough

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "This Vladimir Sobotka kerfuffle has given Blues fans much to ponder as training camp nears. The versatile forward departed for Russia as a free agent two years ago when Blues general manager Doug Armstrong fell $300,000 short of meeting his demands. Last summer he decided to remain..." September 20

  • Sobotka’s return to Blues remains a Russian riddle

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After missing two games with a reported clavicle injury, Vladimir Sobotka was back in the lineup for the Czech Republic on Saturday at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. So an injury suffered in a preliminary game of the tournament won’t be the hangup if the forward isn’t in Blues training..." September 19

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Alexander Steen’s Future With The St. Louis Blues

    Last Word On Hockey "Take a look at any successful team and there’s always a mix of the young and the old. After an off-season filled with quite a few changes, there is one noticeable player still in the St. Louis Blues locker room. That player is Alexander Steen. The 32-year-old Canadian/Swedish dual national has..." September 13

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Blues' Berglund replaces Ducks' Rakell on Sweden's roster

    CBS Sports "Sweden has had to make a lot of alterations to its roster ahead of the World Cup of Hockey already, but now it has to replace one of its replacement players. Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell, who originally replaced Alexander Steen on the World Cup roster, has been hospitalized with an..." September 12

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Backes opines on Kaepernick's protests, will always salute U.S. flag

    USA Today "On a day when U.S. President Barack Obama said it was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s constitutional right to not stand during the national anthem, John Tortorella talked about it being an “honor” to be America’s coach at the World Cup of Hockey. “It is hockey, but I also..." September 06

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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