Blues Rumors & News

  • Tarasenko tallies twice as Blues even series

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Having watched him score only one goal in his first six playoff games this year, Vladimir Tarasenko's teammates and coaches on the St. Louis Blues could sense that he was on the verge of doing something special. "I saw that look yesterday," Blues coach Mike Yeo said...." April 29

  • Fiddler snaps tie, lifts Predators over Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Being the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, the Nashville Predators knew they would have overcome different levels of adversity if they want to keep advancing in the playoffs They did just that on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round matchup against the..." April 27

  • Lady Byng Trophy finalists unveiled "Forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund of the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Sunday, awarded annually to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability. The..." April 24

  • Blues assign Schmaltz to Wolves "The Blues have assigned defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Schmaltz had been recalled to the Blues a day earlier, just hours before Game 5 vs. Minnesota. In addition, the Blues have recalled defenseman Thomas Vannelli. Schmaltz, 23,..." April 23

  • Bruce Boudreau claims Blues weren’t better than the Wild despite series loss

    Yardbarker "You can add another disappointing playoff result to Bruce Boudreau’s coaching record. That growing list of playoff shortcomings may be behind the coach’s comments following a Game 5 loss which saw his Minnesota Wild kicked out of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues. Well … considering the Blues..." April 23

  • Blues must find more ways to score

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Where have you gone, Joel Edmundson? Our city turns its lonely eyes to you. Can someone on the Blues score a goal? Now would be the time. To think that the most dangerous sniper this series has been Joltin’ Joel, who scored two goals in the first two games, one fewer goal than he scored in..." April 22

  • Blues oust Wild on Paajarvi OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Magnus Paajarvi could hardly have picked a better time for his first career playoff goal. Paajarvi's overtime winner and another superlative performance by goaltender Jake Allen spurred the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and into the..." April 22

  • The Blues are accusing the Wild of cheating during faceoffs

    The Comeback "If you’ve watched the first four games of the playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, you’ve seen an insane number of faceoffs called back by the officials and plenty of forwards booted from the circle. At first it seemed like the officials were struggling to drop the..." April 22

  • Wild shut out Blues, avoid sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- It sounds simple, but Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild came into Game 4 of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night with one goal: Get the series back home. When a team is trailing three games to none, there really is no need to worry about..." April 20

  • Blues' Stastny skates for first time since March

    TSN "Blues forward Paul Stastny skated for the first time in a month on Tuesday after missing the last 13 games with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny is day to day. St. Louis is up 3-0 in its first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, with Game 4 at home Wednesday..." April 18

  • Boudreau: Wild were 'friggin' good' in Game 3 loss to Blues

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It took Wild coach Bruce Boudreau about three and a half minutes to prove Blues goaltender Jake Allen has gotten to his team. When prodded about his team’s struggles following the Wild’s Game 3 loss to the Blues on Sunday at the Scottrade Center, the 62-year-old Boudreau completely emptied the..." April 17

  • Allen leads Blues to 3-0 series lead over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Blues coach Mike Yeo needs only a few words to describe his conversations with St. Louis goalie Jake Allen the past few days. "I say, 'Hi, good morning and good job,'" Yeo said. "That's about it right now. I don't want to mess anything up. He's playing great." Allen was..." April 16

  • Blues open 2-0 lead with second road win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo still owns a house in Minnesota from his days when he coached the Wild. But he may not be coming back to visit anytime soon. Jaden Schwartz scored late in the third period as the Blues took a commanding lead in their opening-round playoff..." April 15

  • Lineup changes for Blues, but Stastny remains out

    Pro Hockey Talk "There will be a new look for the Blues tonight in Game 2 of their series against Minnesota. Head coach Mike Yeo will make a couple of changes to the lineup that won — but was badly out-shot — in overtime on Wednesday night. On defense, Roberto Bortuzzo will replace Jordan Schmaltz and, at..." April 14

  • Edmundson scores in OT as Blues edge Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen was only concerned about one statistic after a record-setting night between the pipes: the score in the series. A busy night by Allen and an overtime goal by Joel Edmundson propelled the Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on..." April 13

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Sobotka scores in NHL return as Blues beat Avs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- After a couple of years of trying to get Vladimir Sobotka back from the Kontinental Hockey League, he was in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night and immediately made his presence known, just in time for the playoffs. Sobotka, playing his first game in the NHL..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Blues clinch third place in Central

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- The St. Louis Blues want to go into the postseason the right way and they took another step toward that Saturday night. Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Blues defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 at PNC Arena. "It has been playoff..." April 08

  • Golden Knights' Duke signs pro tryout with AHL's Wolves

    Fanrag Sports "The Vegas Golden Knights have their first player in 21-year-old Reid Duke, and on Friday, he joined the AHL’s Chicago Wolves on a professional tryout. Golden Knights’ general manager George McPhee released a statement on the team’s Twitter account: “With Reid Duke’s WHL season ending last..." April 07

  • Blues improve playoff position with win in Florida

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Third place is important to the St. Louis Blues. That was made clear Thursday night as Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal with 9:23 remaining in the third period to lead St. Louis to a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. With two games remaining..." April 06

  • Vladimir Sobotka signs extension with Blues, will play Saturday

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $10.5 million and begins with the 2017-18 season. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong also announced that the Czech centreman will join the Blues..." April 06

  • Sobotka on verge of re-joining Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The never-ending saga involving the Blues and forward Vladimir Sobotka appears to have an ending. Sobotka is headed back to the Blues and it may be for longer than the one year left on his contract. Victor Shalev, the general manager of Avangard Omsk, Sobotka's team of the past three seasons..." April 06

  • Jets charge past Blues for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues can feel fortunate they won't be playing the Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs. The Jets got two goals from Patrik Laine, the first igniting a three-goal outburst in 62 seconds early in the second period, and went on to a 5-2 win over the Blues on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Vladimir Sobotka Terminates KHL Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After months of speculation, Vladimir Sobotka has agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with Omsk Avangard of the KHL ahead of the April 30th expiry date. He is now free to return to North America if he wishes to sign with the St. Louis Blues, and would be eligible for the playoffs this..." April 04

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • After 12-game absence, Lehtera ready to return from concussion

    Pro Hockey Talk "Blues forward Jori Lehtera, who’s missed nearly a month with a concussion, declared himself healthy and able to return to the lineup ahead of tomorrow’s game against the Jets. But when will he draw back in? Lehtera has missed 12 games in a row and, during that spell, St. Louis has played..." April 03

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Bortuzzo out with injury; Lindbohm, Agostino recalled

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues’ injuries are beginning to pile up, as they suffered another one on the blue line in Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado. Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was lost early in the second period on a check by the Avalanche’s Anton Lindholm. Already without Carl Gunnarsson, who missed his..." April 02

  • Feisty Perron leads Blues past Predators

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- David Perron is trying to pattern his game after his dog, a 17-pound West Highland Terrier named Jack. "I'm trying to be like my dog at home with his bone, he won't let it go," the St. Louis Blues forward said. Perron is taking that same mentality in regards to his puck..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Avalanche halt seven-game skid with shootout win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche got to experience a win in his NHL debut. He also got to watch the St. Louis Blues clinch a playoff spot, which has been out of reach for the Avalanche for some time. Calvin Pickard had 27 saves through overtime and two in the shootout as the..." April 01

  • Blues close in on playoffs with another win over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Blues moved within a point of a playoff berth on Wednesday with a win over a familiar victim. Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored, and Carter Hutton made 22 saves in the Blues' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • Jake Walman Signs Three-Year Contract With St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have locked up an important prospect, as the team inked Jake Walman to a three-year, entry-level contract Tuesday evening. Walman had been expected to turn pro for some time, but had to wait until Providence College was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. He will head to the..." March 28

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Schwartz scores twice to lead Blues past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- There was a long stretch this season when Jaden Schwartz had to find satisfaction in ways other than scoring goals for the St. Louis Blues. During a stretch of 25 games, his only goal came into an empty net. His teammates and coaches kept telling him that when he finally did..." March 27

  • Monahan lifts Flames past Blues in final seconds of OT

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Standing at the other end of the ice, Brian Elliott knew exactly what Jake Allen was thinking. What exactly is a goalie supposed to do? Allen and the St. Louis Blues experienced a frustrating loss on Saturday night when all three Calgary goals deflected off one of his..." March 25

  • Paajarvi confidently scores twice in Blues' victory

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Magnus Paajarvi spent much of this season playing with the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League, and it was while he was there that he felt something start to change in his game -- confidence. Since rejoining the St. Louis Blues last month, Paajarvi became a key..." March 24

  • Blues' Stastny week to week with lower-body injury "St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny is week to week with a lower-body injury. Stastny did not play the final two periods of a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny was not injured when hit by a shot taken by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko but that the..." March 23

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Blues beat Avs to keep streaking

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Blues thought they were ready for the final game of a tough road trip, but when the Colorado Avalanche came on strong, St. Louis scrambled to stay in the game. Thanks to goaltender Jake Allen, the Blues are headed home with a big win. Allen made 26 saves, Magnus Paajarvi..." March 22

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Blues continue mastery of Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Blues were already on a roll when they arrived in Arizona, but the Coyotes never seem to slow the Blues down. Alex Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and David Perron scored and Jake Allen made 31 saves for his fourth shutout this season as St. Louis beat Arizona..." March 19

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