Blues Rumors & News

  • Pavelski's timely goals carry Sharks within a win of finals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Joe Pavelski leads the NHL in goals this postseason, but just as important as that total is when the San Jose Sharks' captain has scored those goals. There was no greater example of that than in Game 5 of the Western Conference final Monday night against the St. Louis Blues...." May 23

  • Blues not saying whether Backes, Fabbri will play in Game 5

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Injured Blues forwards David Backes and Robby Fabbri will both skate in the pre-game warmup for Game 5 tonight at Scottrade Center. But whether or not Backes (upper-body injury) and Fabbri (lower-body) will be in the lineup against San Jose, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock chose his words carefully..." May 23

  • Blues captain David Backes injured in Game 4 victory over Sharks

    ESPN "The St. Louis Blues lost captain David Backes for a majority of their 6-3 Game 4 win over the San Jose Sharks to an undisclosed injury. He played only 5:34 in the win and sat on the bench for the entire second and third periods." May 22

  • Jones: 'We'll be ready for the next one'

    The Score "It's a best of three now. The St. Louis Blues tied up the Western Conference finals at 2-2 after a 6-3 win in Game 4 on Saturday, chasing San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones from the crease. Jones, though, is confident heading into Game 5, as he and his team have been exceptional after losses..." May 22

  • Blues will stick with Jake Allen as starting goalie for Game 5

    CBS Sports "After his 31-save performance in the St. Louis Blues' 6-3 win in Game 4 Saturday night, Jake Allen will get the nod again for Game 5. The 25-year-old netminder will be making his second straight start in net after spelling Brian Elliott, who had essentially been the Blues' playoffs MVP to that..." May 22

  • Hitchcock says Backes and Fabbri ‘should be good to go’ for Game 5

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues won Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night, but it certainly came at a price. Both David Backes and Robby Fabbri were unable to finish the game. Fabbri suffered an undisclosed injury after he was hit by Sharks forward Tommy Wingels. The Blues forward didn’t..." May 22

  • Allen's status uncertain for Game 5 of Sharks-Blues

    CSN Bay Area "Martin Jones took the loss on Saturday, getting pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots. There’s virtually no doubt he’ll return to the starter’s net for Game 5. Jake Allen, starting for the first time this playoff year, got the Game 4 win with 31 saves. The team in front of him played its..." May 22

  • Brouwer, Brodziak help Blues even series

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Troy Brouwer has proven to be a good closer in the 2016 NHL playoffs. The St. Louis Blues needed a starter Saturday night, and their right wing did that expertly as well. Brouwer and center Kyle Brodziak scored two goals apiece, powering the Blues to a 6-3 victory..." May 21

  • Brodziak: Blues should ‘play as if our lives are on the line’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Open question: have the St. Louis Blues played at a high level during any of their first three games against the San Jose Sharks? Yes, they won Game 1, but even Ken Hitchcock seemed to think that their efforts were a little lacking. (Something that caught up with them afterward.) The Sharks..." May 21

  • Top line, Jones propel Sharks to win over Blues

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks rode a familiar cast of heroes to victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday. The St. Louis Blues are sure getting tired of seeing this act. Tomas Hertl scored two goals, top-line mates Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski added two..." May 20

  • St. Louis Blues set to start Jake Allen in Game 4 desperation move

    The Comeback "The St. Louis Blues haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1991, and head coach Ken Hitchcock sees his team with their back to the wall once again. After going down 2-1 in the Western Conference finals to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues are literally looking to throw the kitchen sink..." May 20

  • Hitchcock: Tarasenko learning some really hard lessons

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues haven’t scored a goal in the last 150 minutes and 45 seconds of this Western Conference Final. They’ve been shut out in consecutive games and now trail the series 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. As a team, the Blues have gone into a funk. Among those struggling to produce is..." May 20

  • Hitchcock looking at lineup changes for Game 3

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues Game 2 loss to San Jose didn't look any better to coach Ken Hitchcock the next day, and he said that lineup changes are the likely result. "We were very much in fits and starts," coach Ken Hitchcock said at the team's practice facility in Hazelwood. "We were good early and not good in..." May 19

  • Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

    Larry Brown Sports "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..." May 18

  • Sharks shut out Blues, level West finals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Brent Burns did not need to study the San Jose Sharks' postseason history to know going down 0-2 in a series is not desirable. Burns and goalie Martin Jones made certain that did not happen Tuesday night as he scored a pair of power-play goals and Jones stopped all 26 St. Louis..." May 17

  • Blues’ Hitchcock says he’s not going to ‘whine for calls’ after Sharks’ DeBoer talks about refs

    The Hockey News "Combining the regular season and post-season, the St. Louis Blues have been shorthanded 318 times during the 2015-16 campaign, which is more than any other team in the league. And according to San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, the Blues should have had at least a couple more calls against them..." May 17

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Elliott makes 31 saves in Blues' Game 1 win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- When Brian Elliott was making saves at the University of Wisconsin a decade ago, Joe Pavelski was among those leading the cheers. The two were teammates when Elliott led the Badgers to the 2006 Frozen Four title, but now Pavelski knows he and his current teammates on the San..." May 16

  • DeBoer keeps reminding everyone that Blues take penalties

    The Score "Pete DeBoer is still beating the drum. For a second straight day, the San Jose Sharks coach reminded the media - and in turn the officiating crew - their Western Conference final opponent St. Louis Blues have a penchant for taking penalties. "St. Louis is one of the most penalized teams in..." May 16

  • Blues’ success makes Blue Jackets’ execs feel good about their blueprint

    Pro Hockey Talk "Many prominent members of the Columbus Blue Jackets once called a lot of shots in St. Louis, so it makes sense that the Blues’ success can be heartening. (Especially when Blue Jackets staffers probably want to talk about anything other than the enormous disappointment that was the 2015-16..." May 15

  • Blues focus on keeping it simple

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With Washington and Dallas having been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blues have the best record of any team still alive, meaning they’ll have home-ice advantage for any series from here out. What that’s worth to them is a mystery. The Blues open the Western Conference finals..." May 15

  • Coach Hitchcock doesn’t want a long-term deal with Blues

    Sportsnet "Bruce Boudreau just signed to coach the Minnesota Wild for four seasons at $2.76 million per. Todd McLellan, Dave Hakstol and Dan Bylsma all signed on for five seasons with their respective teams when they became available last summer. Mike Babcock got a record eight years in Toronto...." May 13

  • Blues blow out Stars in Game 7 to advance

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues made some history Wednesday night at American Airlines Center, reaching their first Western Conference Final since 2001 with a 6-1 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, and accomplishing something they hadn't done since 1968, the..." May 11

  • Hitchcock finally confirms Elliott will start Game 7 for Blues

    The Score "It was always going to be Brian Elliott. You knew it. We knew it. St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchock knew it, too. He simply refused to say Tuesday. Cat's out the bag. Elliott will start in the crease for Game 7 against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night, the club tweeted." May 11

  • Blues goaltender Husso signs entry-level deal

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues signed Finnish goaltender Ville Husso to a three-year, entry-level contract Tuesday, the club announced. Husso was drafted 94th overall in 2014. He had a solid season in the Finnish league this season" May 10

  • Stars force Game 7 with victory over Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Lindy Ruff knew his Dallas Stars needed to do two things Monday night if they wanted to force a Game 7 in their second-round series against the St. Louis Blues instead of going home for the summer. The coach knew his team needed a quick start, taking the home crowd out of the..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Blues beat Stars for 3-2 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- For the second time in their second-round playoff series with the Dallas Stars, the St. Louis Blues led 3-1 after two periods. Unlike Game 2 when the Blues won 4-3 in overtime last Sunday, St. Louis held this lead and won 4-1 for a 3-2 series lead at American Airlines Center on..." May 07

  • Stars level series thanks to Eakin's OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- After enduring a blowout loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series, the Dallas Stars knew exactly how they needed to respond Thursday in Game 4. "We were embarrassed," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "I said it's time for us to man up. And..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Steen, Backes score twice as Blues rout Stars

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Steen's contribution to the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs could not be accurately measured in the box score -- until Tuesday night. Steen, who often draws the assignment of defending the opponent's top line, scored two goals, as did David Backes, to lead the Blues to..." May 04

  • Everyone’s Favorite Hockey Fan Finally Got To Go To His First Blues Game

    Uproxx "A few weeks ago, Tony X. (a.k.a. @soIoucity) was just a cable guy from St. Louis with a little over a thousand Twitter followers. Then he accidentally discovered hockey while searching for a baseball game, hilariously live-tweeted Game 7 of the Blues-Blackhawks series and immediately became the..." May 04

  • 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