Found March 15, 2012 on STLSportsMinute:
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will face the challenge of integrating the freshly signed Jaden Schwartz into the Blues well oiled machine without interrupting team chemistry. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images On Monday, the St. Louis Blues announced that they had come to terms and signed their 2010 first round draft pick Jaden Schwartz to an entry level contract. The move was made in part to get Schwartz away from Colorado College, where he had 41 points in 30 games this season, and to begin lacing it up for the Blues organization.  It also was made to provide the Blues offense with a jolt as it is still uncertain when forwards Alex Steen and Matt D'Agostini will be able to return from concussion injuries. While the addition of Schwartz is great news for Blues fans on the surface, the move could backfire if the Blues and head coach Ken Hitchcock are not careful. Could bringing in a 19 year old kid at the end of grueling season cause chemistry issues for the Blues? Th...

Video- Hitchcock Unhappy With Ruutu Hit On McDonald

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blues left winger Andy McDonald suffered a right shoulder injury in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Carolina and did not return. “He has a shoulder injury ... we’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. McDonald was hit by Carolina’s Tuomu Ruutu and crashed awkwardly into boards with...

The NHL's new "Because It's the Cup" campaign features the Blues' David Backes

Puck Daddy revealed some of the premises of the NHL's new "Because It's The Cup" campaign today, and it involved a very pleasant surprise. The ad campaign, which is replacing their outstanding "History Will Be Made" one, apparently will feature all of the teams in their own commercials. Since the Blues might be the first one to clinch tonight, maybe their...

Blues’ Sale May Be Done In A Few Weeks

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The sale to a group led by club minority owner Tom Stillman recently has made substantial progress, and the expectations are that a deal might be closed in a matter of weeks. The NHL, which seized control of the Blues from former chairman Dave Checketts, is running the sale process. In late January, league deputy commissioner...

TV Ratings: Blues Set Ratings Record on FS Midwest (Also: Heat/Bulls, MLS on ESPN)

The St. Louis Blues set a ratings record on Fox Sports Midwest earlier this week. Meanwhile, ESPN earned record numbers in Chicago for Wednesday’s Heat/Bulls game, and the first MLS match of the season on ESPN2 suffered a double-digit decline in ratings and viewership. Blues Earn Highest Rating Ever on FS Midwest: Tuesday’s Blues/Blackhawks NHL regular season game drew a 6.3...

Blues add C Schwartz

The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jaden Schwartz to an entry level contract Monday.Schwartz was selected in the first-round by the Blues in the 2010 draft and will join the team Tuesday in Chicago for a game with the Blackhawks."It's been a dream of mine to play in the NHL and I'm excited to be able to do as a St. Louis Blue," Schwartz said.The 19-year-old is a...

Andy McDonald Listed As Week-To-Week

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet, Per Hitchcock, McDonald (shoulder) is being listed as week to week. Expected to be available for playoffs. If you missed the hit on McDonald last night, you can view it here.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues 03/15/12 Scoring Chances

The "first" game at the newly christened PNC Arena was a great one as the Hurricanes and Blues had themselves a good old fashioned goaltender duel between Cam Ward and Brian Elliott. Both netminders were tested plenty and played well enough to give their teams a chance to win but in the end, Carolina came out on top and Ward earned his 200th win with a 40-save shutout performance...

Blues-Hurricanes Preview

(AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have climbed to the top of the NHL standings behind a tremendous penalty-killing display. Taking fewer penalties going forward, however, could make things a whole lot easier on Ken Hitchcock's team. The Blues look to regroup from a disappointing loss as they continue a seven-game road swing Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. While St...

Link City: Return of Radulov?

(Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog scored the game winner last night in OT vs. the Ducks) The pieces are in place for Alexander Radulov to return to the Nashville Predators.  [NHL]  This is a pretty significant move for the Predators if he decides to join them.  NHL GMs don't think there is much more they can do to limit concussions.  Only three percent of...
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