Blues Rumors & News

  • Blues Acquire Abeltshauser from Sharks "The Blues made a minor trade on Monday afternoon, acquiring defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser from the San Jose Sharks. The Blues dealt a conditional 2016 seventh-round draft pick to San Jose." June 29

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Sobotka to Remain in KHL "The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that forward Vladimir Sobotka will not return to the Blues for the 2015-16 season. Sobotka, who joined Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season, will remain in the KHL. The 27-year-old Trebic, Czech Republic native has played in..." June 29

  • Blues stand pat after the first day of NHL draft

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The first round of the NHL draft came and went Friday without the Blues making a pick or a trade. The club was in discussions to do both, according to league sources, but none of those conversations materialized. The Blues surrendered their 2015 first-round pick in the trade for Buffalo’s Ryan..." June 27

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    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    #RedWings had ongoing talks w/ pending UFA Andy Miele, but no deal. Miele fielded interest today from Toronto, St. Louis and Carolina. #TSN

  • NHL announces 2014-15 All-Rookie Team "The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of..." June 25

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Doug Armstrong named Canada’s GM at Hockey WC "Hockey Canada has unveiled its management team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, led by St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong. Armstrong will oversee the group as general manager with assistance from Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray,..." June 22

  • Report: Blues 'open-minded' about trading core players like Backes, Oshie, Berglund "The St. Louis Blues are one of the more intriguing teams to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. Utterly disappointed with another playoff failure, change is in the offing within their core roster if there’s a deal that makes sense. Word is the Blues would like to move apples for apples in..." June 20

  • Blues are targeting Tarasenko

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Stanley Cup playoffs are now complete, the NHL offseason has commenced, and while the Blues have a long “to-do” list this summer, one item sits clearly at the top. The signing of pending restricted free-agent Vladimir Tarasenko is the No. 1 priority, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong..." June 18

  • Barret Jackman not surprised by split, extends gratitude to 'honest' Blues

    The Score "Barret Jackman wasn't blindsided. A few hours after it was announced that the organization would not extend a contract offer to the longest-serving St. Louis Blue, the pending unrestricted free agent revealed that he saw the writing on the wall. "I think I saw it coming. You look at our..." June 12

  • Blues will not be re-signing Jackman

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The career of the longest-tenured current professional athlete in St. Louis sports is coming to an end. The Blues have notified Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, 34, that they will be going in a "different direction" and thus not re-signing him this offseason. Jackman, whose three-year, $9.5..." June 11

  • Hitchcock is back, but who else will be?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The decision of Blues general manager Doug Armstrong to retain Ken Hitchcock spoke volumes about where he believed the club’s shortcomings lie. “Some of this has to fall on the responsibility of the players in the playoffs,” Armstrong said, while welcoming back Hitchcock and his entire coaching..." June 01

  • Blues promise new look, new faces

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Brace yourself for the Reckless Era of Blues hockey. The first takeaway from this week's repackaging of Ken Hitchcock was this: Blues goaltenders better be ready to make some saves early on next season. General manager Doug Armstrong wants to see new energy in the lineup. Hitchcock agreed..." May 30

  • Schmaltz to Schwartz? Blues sign 2012 first-rounder

    Pro Hockey Talk "Copy-editors and announcers beware: the St. Louis Blues signed 2012 first-round pick Jordan Schmaltz to a three-year, entry-level contract on Thursday. If the potential for humor didn’t sink in already, considering the fact that the Blues have a high-profile forward named Jaden Schwartz." May 28

  • Hitchcock Agrees to a One-Year Contract "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed on a one-year contract. Hitchcock, 63, was originally named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011. Since, he has guided the..." May 26

  • Blues planning to keep Hitchcock as head coach "The St. Louis Blues have yet to announce an official decision, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, Ken Hitchcock will return as head coach, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hitchcock’s future with the club was up the air after the Blues lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup..." May 24

  • Deadline looms for Sobotka

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The common reaction a year ago when reports surfaced that Vladimir Sobotka was leaving the Blues to play in the Kontinental Hockey League was that he was bluffing. Sobotka and the Blues were at an impasse in contract negotiations, and because he was a restricted free agent the club held his..." May 24

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Armstrong, Hitchcock 'still discussing' coach's future

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday that he and coach Ken Hitchcock are still talking and still working toward a decision on the coach's future with the franchise. "I go back to what we talked about at the end of year," Armstrong said on Thursday during a conference call to..." May 22

  • Brodeur will be named Blues' assistant GM

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After Martin Brodeur's celebrated arrival in St. Louis, brief playing career with the Blues, and some time spent in the front office, the club was unsure and even doubtful about his future with the organization. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said last month that for Brodeur to return,..." May 21

  • Blues move on from Babcock; back to Hitchcock?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Mike Babcock Sweepstakes are over, and wow were they costly. Babcock has reportedly agreed to an eight-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth an estimated $40 million. It will be officially announced Thursday morning. Where that leaves the Blues and their current coach, Ken..." May 20

  • Blues show interest in Red Wings' Babcock

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues have expressed their interest in Detroit coach Mike Babcock. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has been in the Czech Republic for the IIHF World Championships, and as speculated in the Post-Dispatch last week, it was an opportunity for him to meet with Babcock. The club is..." May 18

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Hitchcock's future with Blues still uncertain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In the past, when Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has contemplated replacing someone — whether it was a fourth-line forward, a veteran defenseman or a backup goaltender — his decision has been based on one premise. Is the person he’s potentially bringing into the organization better than the..." May 13

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek? "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Blues say there's no need for rash deals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For those expecting the Blues to make a major roster turnover this offseason after yet another quick exit from the playoffs, here’s the reality: It won’t be easy. For a team such as the Blues, which is up against the salary cap at a time when the salary cap isn’t going to change much, club..." May 06

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

  • Blues are focused on re-signing Tarasenko

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Vladimir Tarasenko put up his numbers. Now it’s the Blues’ turn to put up theirs. In an offseason in which many will be watching to see what general manager Doug Armstrong does to shake up the roster, the main focus will be keeping Tarasenko on it for as long as possible. The Russian winger..." May 05

  • Jackman, Michalek top list of pending free agents

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues will have six players headed to unrestricted free agency this summer. They are defensemen Barret Jackman, Zbynek Michalek and Chris Butler, along with forwards Chris Porter, Olli Jokinen and Marcel Goc. There is a possibility that none of them could be back with the Blues in..." May 03

  • Blues GM, coach Ken Hitchcock noncommittal regarding future plans "The St. Louis Blues experienced a third consecutive first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the general belief is that there will be some changes within the organizations. One of those changes could come with the head coaching position. Ken Hitchcock's contract is up, but neither he nor..." April 28

  • Wild top Blues, advance to play Blackhawks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the Wild 3.4 seconds away from being 20 minutes away from the second round of the playoffs and another postseason trip to Chicago, the Blues’ T.J. Oshie turned the Wild’s comfortable two-goal lead into a stressful one-goal lead. Yet, there was no panic, no screaming at each other to “wake..." April 27

  • Blues owner 'disappointed and frustrated,' but not ready to 'throw people under the bus'

    Pro Hockey Talk "The day after St. Louis was bounced in the opening playoff round for a third straight year, owner Tom Stillman went on local radio to explain that while he’s angry, he won’t make any rash decisions about the future of his club. “People would probably love to hear me point fingers and blame and..." April 27

  • Minnesota Wild bounce back, top Blues for 3-2 series lead

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Devan Dubnyk was on his side, crawling in desperation, when St. Louis Blues star forward Alexander Steen made a pretty move and launched what looked like a sure-fire goal. The game operations crew was so sure it was a goal, they began the customary celebration, blasting fireworks-like smoke..." April 25

  • Lehtera is '50-50' to play in Game 5

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Jori Lehtera was not among the Blues skaters participating in this morning's practice. Coach Ken Hitchcock said it was "50-50" as to whether Lehtera would play in Friday night's Game 5 against Minnesota at Scottrade Center. "He took the shot, everybody saw that," Hitchcock said. "We decided..." April 24

  • Rested Blues get even by blasting Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Order has been restored with the Blues, and in more ways than one. The Blues’ top players finally checked into the Western Conference playoff series against Minnesota and the result was an emphatic 6-1 victory over in Game 4 that has tied the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. David..." April 23

  • Wild breaks through, shuts out Blues in Game 3

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Around the 30-minute mark, Monday night’s Game 3 began to have the same uneasy feel of last year’s Game 3 in the Wild’s first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. No matter how many pucks the Wild threw on net, no matter how badly the Wild outskated the Avs, Semyon Valarmov..." April 21

  • Agitator extraordinaire Ville Nieminen calls it a career

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the NHL’s more colorful characters is stepping away from the game. Ville Nieminen, who appeared in 385 career games with Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis and the New York Rangers, announced his retirement over the weekend after playing his final game in the..." April 20

  • Blues even series with 4-1 win over Wild

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Did someone say they wanted to see a little urgency from the Blues? OK, it seemingly was everyone, not someone, in St. Louis after their lethargic loss Thursday to Minnesota in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. “We felt bad after” that, Blues forward..." April 19

  • Wild fends off Blues to take Game 1 in St. Louis

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s just one game, but paranoia might now set in all around the Gateway to the West. In the five days since the Wild and St. Louis Blues met in each team’s regular-season finale, the Blues made clear it is “put up or shut up time.” The Blues, a perennial Stanley Cup favorite by many..." April 17

  • Jake Allen to start for Blues in Game 1 vs. Wild "The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While there was some uncertainty surrounding their goalie situation, Blues netminder Jake Allen told reporters Wednesday that he will start against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. The 24-year-old Allen, who..." April 15

  • Blues win against Wild, will face them in the playoffs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Blues open the first round of the NHL playoffs this week, their opponent will be the same team that was at Scottrade Center on Saturday afternoon. The Blues wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 victory then over Minnesota, which will return to St. Louis for an opening-round..." April 12

  • Injured Blues will return in regular-season finale

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The uncertainty of when Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Bortuzzo will return to the Blues’ lineup is over. The three players, who have been recovering from various injuries, will suit up Saturday when the club hosts Minnesota at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center in the final game of the..." April 11

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    MORNING SKATE: Tarasenko, Steen and Bortuzzo will all play Saturday vs. #mnwild.

  • Blues hold off Hawks, clinch Central

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues were in their locker room for mere seconds Thursday night after their 2-1 win over Chicago when the night’s other game that mattered to them wrapped up in Nashville. Minnesota, which rested its top three scorers and starting goaltender against Nashville, had rallied for a 4-2 win over..." April 10

  • Blues get Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen back before playoffs "The St. Louis Blues should be flying high already the day after clinching the Central Division title, but they got some even better news Friday. Forwards Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, who have each been out more than a week with injury, will both return to the lineup for the final game..." April 10

  • Jets chase playoffs with massive win in St. Louis

    Arctic Ice Hockey "The Jets continued their winning ways in St. Louis, winning a hard fought 1-0 game on the back of Ondrej Pavelec's solid, 30-save performance. As usual, the Jets and Blues played a tightly contested affair. Chris Thorburn scored early in the second period on a rebound, and the Jets were able to..." April 08