Ken Hitchcock on goaltending: “This is Brian Elliott’s job”

Ken Hitchcock is planning on Brian Elliott being the starting netminder for the Blues in 2014-15. That point may have been assumed by most Blues fans, but Hitchcock’s comments make it sound like the split between Elliott and Jake Allen won’t be as close as some may believe. As seen in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (it’s a “premium” article), Hitchcock reiterates that Elliott...
Via Frozen Notes
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Two big questions remain for the St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues addressed a glaring issue when they signed both Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera. The team’s offense looks the best its looked in years and the Blues finally have depth down the middle of the ice. While there will probably be some additional tinkering with the forwards (Berglund trade, anyone?), fans should be confident with the names on the roster. The Blues...
Via Frozen Notes
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Trade Rumors: Ryan Miller to Vancouver Canucks

The top unrestricted free agent goaltender available is St. Louis Blues Ryan Miller. Miller is coming off a $6.25 million average annual contract and is looking for a new team. The St. Louis Blues said Brian Elliott and Jake Allen are going to be their goalies for next season, leaving Miller as the odd goalie out. The Blues need to conserve their cap space for pursuing free agent center Paul
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
11 days ago  |  Discuss

TSN outlines what the Blues need in 2014-15

The St. Louis Blues will return a large portion of their roster from 2013-14 in 2014-15. With the goaltending decision made, the Blues have a couple of very important areas to address this summer. One is help offensively and the other involves beefing up the defense. Here’s what TSN says the Blues need to do this summer: Two top nine forwards, depth forwards, depth defence, backup...
Via Frozen Notes
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Off-Season Plan For The St. Louis Blues

from Scott Cullen of TSN, If there was one area of concern, it might have been goaltending, as the Blues finished the year with a .913 save percentage, tied for 13th. They traded for Ryan Miller, in the hopes that he would be the answer, but Miller posted a .901 save percentage in 25 (regular season plus playoff) games with the Blues, which didn't alleviate goaltending concerns...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues complete staff with hiring of goalie coach Jim Corsi

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues have named Jim Corsi as their goaltending coach, filling the last remaining spot on the coaching staff, the team announced Tuesday morning. Corsi, who spent the past 16 seasons as the goaltending coach for the Buffalo Sabres, follows the announcement two weeks ago that Kirk Muller would be joining the Blues' coaching staff as an assistant. Corsi and Muller...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Anaheim and San Jose not interested in Ryan Miller

Where will Ryan Miller end up? That’s the question hockey fans have been asking ever since the St. Louis Blues passed on Miller in favor of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen. One team Miller has been linked to since last year’s trade deadline is the Anaheim Ducks. San Jose is another organization believed to have interest. In other words, all signs have pointed to Miller heading for...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues give Brian Elliott three-year deal

Brian Elliott will be sticking around St. Louis. The goaltender has signed a three-year deal worth $7.5 million to remain with the St. Louis Blues. Elliott’s signing signals two things: 1) The St. Louis crease will feature Jake Allen and Elliott next season and 2) the Ryan Miller era in St. Louis is over. Elliott seemed pretty happy once the news broke: Thanks to the fans and people...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues Re-Sign Brian Elliott

On Monday morning, the St. Louis Blues reportedly re-signed veteran goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year, $7.5M deal ($2.5M cap hit). With Jake Allen already “on the roster” for next year (based on comments from Blues management), this means Ryan … Continue reading →The post Blues Re-Sign Brian Elliott appeared first on Committed Indians.
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen graduates to NHL, will share work

Jake Allen is turning the tassel to the other side of his goaltending mask. With the elimination of Allen’s Chicago Wolves from the American Hockey League playoffs last week, the goalie has officially graduated to the NHL. He has played 15 games in the league — all on a call-up basis — but beginning next season he’ll be on a one-way contract and Blues general manager Doug...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues GM says Blackhawks loss stings

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues won a franchise-record 52 games this season and general manager Doug Armstrong can't help but sum it up as a disappointment. "We're in the winning business, and we're not winning at the appropriate time of the year," Armstrong said Tuesday. "We have to fix that." The past two playoffs have been a carbon copy for the...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A look back at a Blues season of highs and lows

ST. LOUIS -- Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock would rather not have been meeting the media under the circumstances they did Tuesday morning at Scottrade Center. The Blues' general manager and coach would much rather be preparing for the second round of the Western Conference playoffs than trying to explain what went wrong in the playoffs after a regular season in which the team...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Armstrong: Jake Allen will be with the Blues in 2014-15

The St. Louis goaltending picture for 2014-15 is a cloudy one. Will the Blues retain Ryan Miller? What does the future hold for Brian Elliott? Will the team bring in an entirely new face between the pipes? What about Jake Allen? Today, Doug Armstrong answered one of those questions. Jake Allen will be with the Blues at the NHL level in 2014-15. Doug Armstrong: "Jake Allen is...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues exit could be good for the Sens

Well, I called the early elimination of the St. Louis Blues. I can't see Ken Hitchcock being fired as the coach; I do see Ken wanting to get a more offensive player on the roster.  This will be interesting for their goal situation as well, especially since Ryan Miller was brought in to take this team to the Cup.  With the early exit, and a lot of short side goals, were the...
Via Puckrant.com
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jake Allen named AHL’s most outstanding goaltender ☆

Jake Allen quietly had an outstanding season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. While Blues fans had their attention locked on the goaltending situation at the NHL level after the Blues made a major trade to bring in Ryan Miller, Allen closed out a stellar campaign which resulted him in being named the AHL’s best netminder as judged by coaches, players and members of the media...
Via Frozen Notes
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Wolves impressive despite three game weekend

The Chicago Wolves had the daunting task of playing three games in three nights this past weekend. Despite the unusual scheduling, the Wolves played like a team looking to make a deep playoff run. The team took five of a possible six points. The opponents? Playoff teams from Rockford and division-leading Grand Rapids. “I’m tired,” said forward Ty Rattie. “Well deserved day...
Via The Sports Bank
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Randall Ritchey: Talking Blues Prospects With Chicago Wolves Writer, Paul LaTour

The St. Louis Blues have a handful of high end prospects currently playing in the American Hockey League, including forwards Dmitrij Jaskin, Ty Rattie, and goaltender, Jake Allen. They also boast a handful of up and coming defensive prospects including Joel Edmundson, David Shields, and Jani Hakanpaa. Lets not forget a slew of bottom six forwards including Sergey Andronov, Cody Beach...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues notebook: Olympians named, Reaves activated, Allen recalled from Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- T.J. Oshie had a pretty good idea that David Backes would be among the group selected to represent the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. But after his St. Louis Blues teammate's name was announced Wednesday, following the Winter Classic game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, that's when things got tense for Oshie and teammate...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ty Rattie, Jake Allen, Dmitrij Jaskin and others sent to the AHL

The Blues have sent seven players down to the AHL: Ty Rattie, Jake Allen, Dmitrij Jaskin, Sergey Andronov, Keith Aucoin, Jani Hakanpaa and Joel Edmundson.  It would have taken something truly special for players such as Rattie and Jaskin to make the NHL roster. After the Blues announced they signed Brenden Morrow, Rattie, Jaskin and the others were punching their ticket...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

A New Blues Team

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, With training camp some six weeks away the Blues have their team, which suggests their biggest move was the one they didn’t make, the one most expected. His publicized quarrel with coach Ken Hitchcock notwithstanding, goaltender Jaroslav Halak is still here, as is veteran Brian Elliott, as is promising Jake Allen. After...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Blues sign goalie Jake Allen to 2-year deal

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has signed a two-year-contract after his strong showing as a rookie. Allen was 9-4-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average to lead rookie goalies, filling in when Jaroslav Halak was injured and Brian Elliott was slumping. His .692 winning percentage was a franchise rookie record and he was the team's first rookie to win at least nine games since...
Via Fox Sports
July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Blues sign goalie Jake Allen to two-year deal

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has signed a two-year contract after his strong showing as a rookie. Allen was 9-4-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average to lead rookie goalies, filling in when Jaroslav Halak was injured and Brian Elliott was slumping. His .692 winning percentage was a franchise rookie record and he was the team's first rookie to win at least nine...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Blues Sign RFA Goaltender Jake Allen by   Steven Ellis

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract. Allen was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 34th overall pick, and it looks as though the Blues made the right choice. In 2010-2011, Allen had a strong first pro season as a 20-year-old – appearing in 47 of 80 games for St. [...]
Via The Hockey House
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Quirin: Blues Sign Goalie Jake Allen

The St. Louis Blues have announced a new two year contract for goaltender Jake Allen. Reportedly, the second year will be of the one way variety. I will be back with more thoughts later today, but feel free to discuss in the comments. Now only forward Magnus Paajarvi and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo remain unsigned.
Via HockeyBuzz
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues sign goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year deal

The St. Louis Blues have announced today that they have signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year deal. Allen, 22, was drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft with the 34th overall pick. Jake Allen led all of rookie goaltenders last season with nine wins posting a 9-4 record as he came in during the shortened regular season as Brian Elliott was struggling...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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