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Big free-agent signing by Blues is unlikely, but standing pat is risky, too

ST. LOUIS -- It's the eve of NHL free agency, and what the Blues choose to do over the next several weeks remains intriguing. Last year, of course, they made arguably the biggest signing of the period by acquiring Paul Stastny from the Colorado Avalanche. The roster proved deep enough that the $28 million center ended up playing a significant part of the year on the third line. This...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock doesn’t think goaltending is an issue for the Blues

When the St. Louis Blues were dumped out of the playoffs in the first round, it was clear that the team needed to make changes in order to reach the next level. After bringing back Ken Hitchcock, it’s clear the team will need to make those changes on the ice if they hope to avoid more playoff embarrassment. Where can the team improve? Many Blues fans point to the team’s core...
Via Bloguin Best
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock doesn’t think goaltending is an issue for the Blues

When the St. Louis Blues were dumped out of the playoffs in the first round, it was clear that the team needed to make changes in order to reach the next level. After bringing back Ken Hitchcock, it’s clear the team will need to make those changes on the ice if they hope to avoid more playoff embarrassment. Where can the team improve? Many Blues fans point to the team’s core...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: It sounds like Martin Brodeur will be back with the Blues

When Martin Brodeur joined the Blues last season, it seemed like a short-term gig. That proved to be true of his on-ice contributions to the Blues, but Brodeur ended up sticking around long after Brian Elliott and Jake Allen reclaimed the St. Louis crease. Once the year wrapped up, it looked like Brodeur would head off to New Jersey and take up a permanent role with the Devils....
Via Frozen Notes
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Same story, different year

On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Blues found themselves in a situation they know all too well. The Minnesota Wild were able to eliminate the Blues in a series that took six games to play with a 4-1 Wild victory. This marks the third consecutive year in which the St. Louis Blues have been eliminated from playoff contention in the first round. The Blues were a favorite to win the...
Via isportsweb.com
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues' Armstrong, Hitchcock both still digesting playoff flop

  St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock sat side by side, presenting a united front for a franchise bleeding from its latest playoff flop. Armstrong on Tuesday praised Hitchcock's job in transforming the Blues from also-rans to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but both said they were still searching for reasons why they were eliminated in the first...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Armstrong envisions an Elliott / Allen goalie tandem next season

After the Blues snubbed Brian Elliott in favor of Jake Allen during their first round series against the Minnesota Wild, it seemed pretty unlikely that both goaltenders would be in the mix in 2015-16. GM Doug Armstrong sees things a little differently and has stated he envisions a tandem of Elliott and Allen next year. Armstrong says he sees a goalie tandem for next year. Allen...
Via Frozen Notes
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

For third straight year, St. Louis Blues make an early exit

ST. LOUIS (AP) For the third straight year, it's one and done for the St. Louis Blues. Jobs may be on the line after coach Ken Hitchcock's team won the Central Division but fell flat in the playoffs in a six-game opening-round loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Blues had believed this was their best chance at winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup with four strong lines, solid defense...
Via AP on Fox
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Bracing for Offseason Changes After 1st-Round Exit

The St. Louis Blues were just eliminated by the Minnesota Wild in a 4-2 series. They have struggled with scoring the playoffs and many players expect changes to be made this offseason after another 1st-round exit. One of these players is defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He had this to say about the possibility of offseason changes. “I would assume so” Shattenkirk said.  “General...
Via The Sports Journal
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday's best: With Price and a bit of luck, Canadiens oust Senators

Best game: Montreal 2, Ottawa 0. Ottawa's 21-3-3 stretch run to make the playoffs was the best story leading into the postseason.  The Senators were trying to write an even better one by winning two games after falling behind 3-0 in their series against Montreal. Ottawa threw everything it had at Montreal goalie Carey Price in Game 6 on Sunday in Ottawa, rifling 43 shots on net...
Via Fox Sports
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Ken Hitchcock says he won’t change goalies, immediately changes his mind

Hockey is sometimes painfully ironic. The latest example of that was when Ken Hitchcock was interviewed on the bench and reiterated that he wasn’t going to make a goalie change after Jake Allen coughed up a soft goal against the Wild. Hitchcock said that Allen is a young guy who is learning and the team has to stick with him. Approximately 30 seconds and another soft goal later...
Via Bloguin Best
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Ken Hitchcock says he won’t change goalies, immediately changes his mind

Hockey is sometimes painfully ironic. The latest example of that was when Ken Hitchcock was interviewed on the bench and reiterated that he wasn’t going to make a goalie change after Jake Allen coughed up a soft goal against the Wild. Hitchcock said that Allen is a young guy who is learning and the team has to stick with him. Approximately 30 seconds and another soft goal later...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues pull Allen in second period after second goal by Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The St. Louis Blues pulled goalie Jake Allen from Game 6 after the Minnesota Wild scored their second goal. The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 remaining in the second period Sunday when Justin Fontaine's shot glided between the rookie's pads, and coach Ken Hitchcock summoned veteran Brian Elliott. Zach Parise scored first for Minnesota, another save Allen could...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues pull Allen in 2nd period after 2nd goal by Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The St. Louis Blues pulled goalie Jake Allen from Game 6 after the Minnesota Wild scored their second goal. The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 remaining in the second period Sunday when Justin Fontaine's shot glided between the rookie's pads, and coach Ken Hitchcock summoned veteran Brian Elliott. Zach Parise scored first for Minnesota, another save Allen could...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues teetering on edge of elimination after Wild best them 4-1

ST. LOUIS -- Devan Dubnyk had a strong bounce-back effort in goal and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. After allowing six goals in two periods in a 6-1 loss in Game 4, Dubnyk but made 36 saves in Game 5 and twice robbed Alexander Steen from close range in the second period. The Wild scored...
Via AP on Fox
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild respond with 4-1 win in Game 5, take series lead 3-2

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 20: Goalie Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues blocks a shot by Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild as Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the Blues helps to defend the net during the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild...
Via State of Hockey News
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues look to capitalize on home-ice advantage in Game 5 vs. Wild

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild have been trading blows, though the latest definitely contained the most force. After running it up in Minnesota, the Blues return home Friday night for Game 5 with a shot at gaining their first lead in the first-round series. Wednesday's 6-1 win was pretty well secured after the Blues imposed their physical style to build a three-goal lead...
Via AP on Fox
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild can’t withstand Blues, fall 6-1 in St. Paul

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 18: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues looks to make a save against the Minnesota Wild during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 18, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Hockey fans normally relish a good tussle between players on the...
Via State of Hockey News
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild dominate Blues in 3-0 win in St. Paul and take back series lead

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 18: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Minnesota Wild during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 18, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Minnesota is growing used to being ignored by national media circles. ...
Via State of Hockey News
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: David Backes swats the puck off the goal line

With the Blues clinging to a 2-1 lead, David Backes swatted Nino Niederreiter’s shot off the goal line after it struck the post, hit Jake Allen and was trickling towards the goal.
Via Frozen Notes
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild vs. Blues preview

The popular excuse for the St. Louis Blues after a defeat in Game 1 centered around a four-day layoff that may have caused them to lose a step following the season finale. The problem? The Minnesota Wild, who were the Blues' opponent in that finale, didn't seem to mind. Minnesota now looks to head home with a 2-0 series advantage as St. Louis attempts to figure out what went wrong...
Via AP on Fox
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

No excuses: Blues look to bounce back against Wild in Game 2

The popular excuse for the St. Louis Blues after a defeat in Game 1 centered around a four-day layoff that may have caused them to lose a step following the season finale. The problem? The Minnesota Wild, who were the Blues' opponent in that finale, didn't seem to mind. Minnesota now looks to head home with a 2-0 series advantage as St. Louis attempts to figure out what went wrong...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues open playoffs with bland performance, 4-2 loss to Wild

ST. LOUIS -- Just like the regular season, the Minnesota Wild appeared right at home in someone else's rink. "That was a fantastic road game," goalie Devan Dubnyk said after the Wild opened the playoffs strong with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. "We were great with the puck," Dubnyk added, "we were fast coming up the ice on turnovers and we did a good job...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: what to look for in the first round

With first place in the Central Division clinched, the St. Louis Blues look to enter a deep playoff run in which they aim to win the organization’s first Stanley Cup. This year, the Blues find themselves facing off against the Minnesota Wild in the first round. This will be the first time that the two organizations have seen each other in the playoffs, and it is bound to be an...
Via isportsweb.com
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Blues

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are riding the hot hand in goal into the playoffs. There was never a doubt who'd be minding the nets for the Minnesota Wild. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock ended the intrigue on Wednesday, a day ahead of the opener of the best-of-seven series, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott. "It was a week ago I said one guy's had a great season...
Via AP on Fox
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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