Blues Rumors & News

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBSSports.com "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

    Deadspin.com "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?

    Sportsnet.ca "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 NHLNumbers.com 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

    TSN.ca "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    Sportsnet.ca "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. https://t.co/cwjDwVjFfW

  • 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

    CBSSports.com "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

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics

    Sportsnet.ca "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

  • 'Note ends Chicago blues, takes Central lead

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues lost a tooth and a defenseman Sunday night in Chicago, but had plenty of bite in an impressive 2-1 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center. Forwards David Backes and Olli Jokinen had second-period goals and goaltender Jake Allen made a case for more starting assignments with 38..." April 06

  • Reaves loses Chiclet, promptly returns to ice -- because hockey

    Fox Sports Midwest "Blues forward Ryan Reaves performed a little self-service dentistry while on the bench during Sunday's game in Chicago, pulling out one of his teeth and handing it to trainer Ray Barile during the second period. Reaves lost the Chiclet compliments of this hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent..." April 06

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board

    Deadspin.com "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • Blues have no plans to bring Sobotka back this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Vladimir Sobotka might be a Blue again one day, but not this season. Petr Svoboda, Sobotka’s agent, told the Post-Dispatch on Friday that he plans to meet with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong perhaps as early as next month to discuss the forward’s future with the franchise. Sobotka left..." April 04

  • Bortuzzo in no danger of leaving Blues' lineup

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues are making a couple of lineup changes for tonight's game against Dallas. It should be no surprise that defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is not one of them. The Blues' 4-1 victory over Calgary Thursday improved the club to 6-3-1 when Bortuzzo is in the lineup; the team is 1-2-1 without the..." April 03

  • Schwartz shines in Blues convincing win over Calgary

    Fox Sports Midwest "With Vladimir Tarasenko out of the lineup for the first time all season, the Blues' other young forward stepped into the spotlight. Jaden Schwartz scored an early goal and created numerous other chances to lead a re-energized St. Louis team to a dominating 4-1 win over Calgary, breaking a skid..." April 03

  • Blues lose Tarasenko to lower-body injury

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The bad news: The Blues, who are already without Alexander Steen, will now be without Vladimir Tarasenko. The good news: The club says both will be ready for the playoffs, which begin April 15. Steen, in fact, could be back as soon as Thursday night against Calgary or perhaps by the weekend...." April 03

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    Lou Korac @lkorac10

    Hitch said Tarasenko has a lower body injury and will miss tomorrow. Day to day. #stlblues

  • Tarasenko left limping after Blues loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues must wait at least another night to clinch a playoff spot, but that was far from the most troubling news from a 4-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks. The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but fans are in high alert over the condition of Vladimir Tarasenko, who..." March 31

  • Canucks 4 Blues 1: Second line carries Canucks to crucial win

    Vancouver Province "At least now we know where the Canucks second line went for months. It didn't disappear, it was just waiting for the games to matter a little more. Better late, than never. To start the most critical road trip Vancouver has had in years, and that's not hyperbole, the Canucks were carried..." March 31

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Steen out, Jokinen in tonight. #stlblues

  • Playoff clinching scenarios for Monday, March 30

    NHL.com "With 13 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Two clubs can clinch playoff berths Monday, while the Anaheim Ducks can lock up the Pacific Division title: * The St. Louis Blues would clinch a playoff berth if they win in..." March 30

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Steen (lower-body injury) will not return. #stlblues

  • Shattenkirk is 'ready to go' for Blues

    Pro Hockey Talk "As anticipated, the St. Louis Blues are getting a significant boost on Saturday, as key defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk returns to the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. As an added bonus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out that the Blues will see the return of two blueliners with Carl..." March 28

  • Hockey Hall of Fame changes bylaws, Chris Pronger now eligible

    Courier-Post "In a couple months, when the Hockey Hall of Fame announces its 2015 class of inductees, Chris Pronger may be among the group. Until yesterday, that wasn't possible. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Hall of Fame changed the language in its bylaws Wednesday and the new wording allows..." March 28

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Blues rally on the road to edge Penguins

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "So, it turns out, you can go home again. The Blues, who have been on the road for the past 10 days, moving through six cities and three time zones in that span, finally got to return to St. Louis on Tuesday night. They did it after a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh..." March 25

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit

    CBSSports.com "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Blues' Shattenkirk expected to return Saturday after 25-game absence

    The Score "The St. Louis Blues are primed to make a huge addition to the blue line with eight games remaining on the regular season schedule. Kevin Shattenkirk, who missed 25 games following abdominal surgery, is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Columbus Blue..." March 25

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