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Blues sign Jaden Schwartz to five-year contract extension

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz, a restricted free agent, have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $26.75 million.Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose.The arbitration case had been set for July 20.In 240 games with St. Louis, the...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaden Schwartz files for salary arbitration

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz has filed for salary arbitration. Despite the fact the Blues have stated on numerous occasions that Schwartz would be their top priority over the summer, the 24-year-old forward still doesn’t have a new contract in place for 2016-17. An arbitration hearing will now be held in Toronto between July...
Via Frozen Notes
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Paajarvi re-signs with Blues for next season

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, $700,000 contract.The 25-year-old Paajarvi had three goals and six assists in 48 regular-season games and one assist in three playoff games.The former first-round draft pick was acquired from Edmonton in 2013. His overall career numbers are 80 points (35 goals, 45 assists) and 54 penalty minutes...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Trade Kevin Shattenkirk to Ottawa

There are a lot of questions marks as to what is going on with the St. Louis Blues in the free agency period. It was clear from the beginning that they needed a boost on offense, but most of their moves have resulted in receiving future draft picks. The only improvement to their offense has been signing free agent David Perron to a two-year deal, but they have also lost David Backes...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

David Backes signs with the Boston Bruins

The St. Louis Blues will need to name a new captain as David Backes has signed a deal with the Boston Bruins. The deal is over five years and will pay $6 million per season. Backes in BOS is 5x6 — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016 Heading into the 2016 NHL Draft and the free agency window, it looked like Backes and the Blues might be able to work out a deal. The...
Via Puck Drunk Love
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kevin Shattenkirk relationship doesn’t look like it’s going to end well

The Blues and Kevin Shattenkirk were expected to go their separate ways at the 2016 NHL Draft. The draft came and went and Shattenkirk remained on the roster which was surprising to both the defenseman and his agent. As multiple teams around the league shake things up with some huge moves, the Shattenkirk relationship continues and unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going...
Via Frozen Notes
24 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: What to look for with Mike Yeo as the future head coach

The changing of the guard is official, as the St. Louis Blues will have a new head coach for 2017. With Ken Hitchcock announcing his retirement after this upcoming season, the St. Louis Blues found his successor. Mike Yeo, who previously coached the Minnesota Wild, will be an associate coach for this season and take over the reins next year. This is a solid move for the Blues, as...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Poll: Did the Blues get a big enough return for Brian Elliott?

The Brian Elliott trade was both unexpected and controversial. Elliott led the Blues to multiple playoff series wins (something no Blues goalie has done in years), but the team decided to move him to the Calgary Flames in an effort to save some cap room and to avoid a future decision in which they’d lose either Elliott or Jake Allen to the expansion draft. The Blues received the...
Via Frozen Notes
28 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The Brian Elliott trade was going to happen eventually

Yesterday, St. Louis Blues fans saw the end of a phenomenal goalie in Brian Elliot being traded to the Calgary Flames. Many were waiting to hear about a Kevin Shattenkirk trade, but it was Elliott who got traded. This trade, however, would have had to happen at some point in the future. For starters, the NHL is going to be expanding with Las Vegas getting a team. With the new expansion...
Via isportsweb.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo hired as Blues coach, named successor to Hitchcock

Today, it was announced, courtesy of Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that Mike Yeo will be brought on as an assistant coach and will take over the Blues from Ken Hitchcock when he retires after the 2016-17 season. After a good year this past season, many weren’t sure what would happen to the Blues' coaching position. They played above many people’s expectations...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement tour

The St. Louis Blues made it to the NHL Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games. After a tremendous season ended just short of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced he’s coming back for one last go at another Stanley Cup. The 64-year-old had previously announced that the 2015-2016 season would be his last. But...
Via The Comeback
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the St. Louis Blues bench next season, as he’ll sign a one-year contract in a move which could be announced as soon as tomorrow, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hitchcock will be back with #stlblues on one-year contract for 2016-17 season, according to league sources. Announcement could come tomorrow — Jeremy Rutherford...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

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

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 at the wall as Hitchcock announced the pulling of starting goaltender Brian Elliot in...
Via The Comeback
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

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 period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
Via Yardbarker
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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