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Minor changes must pay off in big way for Blues

The St. Louis Blues were due for a change after losing in the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but any St. Louis fans expecting a major overhaul have yet to be satisfied. Rumors about coaching or leadership changes did not come to fruition, as coach Ken Hitchcock will return and the core of the team will remain intact.The only major change for the Blues...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes' Michalek proves it's hip to be tough

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes assistant coach Jim Playfair captured the essence of defenseman Zbynek Michalek in one succinct quote. "The thing with Z that's so impressive is I have never coached a player who can withstand so much pain and still be a quality player," Playfair said. "He's such a good pro." Over the course of his career, Michalek has earned a fearless reputation, mostly...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
15 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Coyotes who must shine this season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett likes the character and compete level of his team after the offseason additions of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and forwards Boyd Gordon, Brad Richardson and Steve Downie. Coyotes fans are happy that popular players Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek are back in the fold after a four-month hiatus to chase the Stanley Cup. Promising...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle For The Pacific Division: The Arizona Coyotes

As the summer drags on I thought I’d take the time to take a look at the other teams that make up the Pacific Division, what they did and where I think they could end up when its all said and done.  This time I will look at what most expect to be the “dog” of the Pacific Division, The Arizona Coyotes. All information here is accurate as of 7/16/15. Who’s in: F John Scott...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Arizona Coyotes Free Agency

View image | gettyimages.com The Arizona Coyotes have had a very busy offseason just in free agency alone. This doesn’t even count their draft day and continued saga with the city of Glendale, Arizona about their arena lease. Grade: A Right after the NHL Entry Draft the Coyotes acquired D Nicklas Grossmann and D Chris Pronger from Philadelphia for F Sam Gagner and a conditional...
Via TopSportsReport
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes GM tells free agents the honest truth about uncertain future

Things for the Arizona Coyotes are a bit murky. The team has battled the city of Glendale and the future of the franchise is unclear. You’d think that would be a detractor for potential free agents, but the club has managed to convince Zbynek Michalek, Steve Downie, Brad Richardson, Antoine Vermette and Anders Lindback to join the club. While none of those players are marquee...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Coyotes GM tells free agents the honest truth about uncertain future

Things for the Arizona Coyotes are a bit murky. The team has battled the city of Glendale and the future of the franchise is unclear. You’d think that would be a detractor for potential free agents, but the club has managed to convince Zbynek Michalek, Steve Downie, Brad Richardson, Antoine Vermette and Anders Lindback to join the club. While none of those players are marquee...
Via Bloguin Best
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Change is here for the St. Louis Blues

Considering how exciting the Stanley Cup playoffs are, the NHL Draft and free agency period bring some life into an otherwise boring summer. Following another early playoff exit, changes were bound to come to the St. Louis Blues. And the time for change has come. I have written in the past that there was going to be a culture change on this team with major changes being made to...
Via isportsweb.com
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Vermette, Michalek cap flurry of Coyotes free-agent signings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Don Maloney walked into a 1:30 p.m. press conference at Gila River Arena on Wednesday, he thought he was done with what had already been a pretty good Day 1 of the NHL's free-agency period. When he walked out, the day got much better. On his phone were voicemails from center Antoine Vermette's agent, Allan Walsh.   "When I talked to Antoine's representative...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Vermette, Michalek cap flurry of Coyotes free-agent signings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Don Maloney walked into a 1:30 p.m. press conference at Gila River Arena on Wednesday, he thought he was done with what had already been a pretty good Day 1 of the NHL's free-agency period. When he walked out, the day got much better. On his phone were voicemails from center Antoine Vermette's agent, Allan Walsh.   "When I talked to Antoine's representative...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Zbynek Michalek heads back to the Coyotes

The Blues weren’t expected to bring back Zbynek Michalek and that became official as the defenseman headed back to the Arizona Coyotes with a two-year, $6.4 million contract. The Blues originally acquired Michalek from the Coyotes prior to the 2014-15 trade deadline in exchange for Maxim Letunov and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Michalek was the “big”...
Via Frozen Notes
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Coyotes bring back Michalek, add forwards Richardson, Downie

The Arizona Coyotes opened the free agent signing period with four moves early Wednesday, bringing back defenseman Zbynek Michalek for a third stint with the team and adding center Brad.Richardson, forward Steve Downie and goaltender Anders Lindback. Michalek, who signed a two-year deal, has played in 539 games in two previous stints with the Coyotes. He was traded from Arizona to...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Coyotes sign Richardson, Michalek to start free agency

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Brad Richardson to a three-year contract and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek for a third stint with the team in a two-year deal. Terms of the contracts were not released. The 30-year-old Richardson had eight goals and 13 assists in 45 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He has 62 goals and 87 assists...
Via AP on Fox
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Free Agents the Chicago Blackhawks Should Target

After winning the Stanley Cup this season the Chicago Blackhawks are now in a difficult yet familiar situation, navigating around the salary cap. Chicago will owe Kane and Toews a combined 21$ million this season along with other current contracts to key players. Chicago will be forced to make some difficult trades in order to clear up cap space to remain under the cap ceiling....
Via TopSportsReport
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues fall flat at home, don't clinch playoff berth

  As usual, the Vancouver Canucks were strong on the road. The St. Louis Blues didn't put up much of a fight. Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Blues on Monday night. They will look for a repeat Tuesday against the Predators. "We rise to the occasion against those good teams...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Michalek: “It seems like everybody’s doing different things and isn’t on the same page”

As if the Blues’ recent losing streak wasn’t concerning enough, the quotes from the Blues following their loss to Vancouver may leave you pressing the panic button. Zbynek Michalek, the supplier of the team’s lone goal and one awesome save, addressed the media and had some pretty worrisome things to say. Michalek: "I don't think there's one good thing about our game right...
Via Frozen Notes
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Vrbata, Lack strong in Canucks' win over Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Vancouver Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Zbynek Michalek scored for the Blues, who never led and missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a victory. St. Louis has lost two straight at home, has one win its last six games...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Vrbata, Lack strong in Canucks' 4-1 win over Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Radim Vrbata had a goal and assist, and Eddie Lack made 23 saves as the Vancouver Canucks opened a four-game trip with a 4-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Zbynek Michalek scored for the Blues, who never led and missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a victory. St. Louis has lost two straight at home, has one win its last six games...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues hope to finish road trip on high note when they face off with Flyers

After getting some time to rest and add new players, the St. Louis Blues will try to finish their five-game road stretch on a high note and aid their pursuit of the Central Division lead. The Blues will first seek to get back in the win column Thursday night by sending the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth loss in five games. St. Louis got a chance to return home during a three...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues-Flyers Preview

After getting some time to rest and add new players, the St. Louis Blues will try to finish their five-game road stretch on a high note and aid their pursuit of the Central Division lead. The Blues will first seek to get back in the win column Thursday night by sending the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth loss in five games. St. Louis got a chance to return home during a three...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues add depth, deal for Jokinen, Michalek, Bortuzzo

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues made three deals before the trade deadline, none of them game-changers. That was a big shift from the previous two seasons, when they acquired goalie Ryan Miller and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester in hopes of mounting a deep playoff push. General manager Doug Armstrong wasn't about to criticize high asking prices at Monday's deadline. Miller cost St...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues go with small fixes over major additions at trade deadline

ST. LOUIS -- A busy trade deadline day resulted in minor fixes rather than major additions for the St. Louis Blues. It's a departure from the past two years for general manager Dave Armstrong, who added No. 1 goaltender Ryan Miller last March and top line defenseman Jay Bouwmeester the year before. But Monday's deals reflect Armstrong's overall satisfaction with his team, particularly...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues add defense and depth at the trade deadline

The St. Louis Blues were one of the most active teams on deadline day, completing three trades which addressed needs both at defense and in terms of their depth. The Blues acquired Zbynek Michalek, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Jokinen over the course of the day and in doing so they gave Blues fans a lot to talk about. Let’s break this down. The Blues ended up receiving Michalek...
Via Frozen Notes
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 3/2/15

What everyone is talking about THE TRADE DEADLINE IS IN LAST THAN TWO HOURS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Here are all the live deadline trackers, and not any of that “individual trade news” ********. WE WANT ALL OF THE TRADES. ESPN, NBC, Fox, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, CBC, NHL.com ScoreboardWinnipeg 5, Los Angeles 2 – This is a game with important playoff implications...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues acquire D Zbynek Michalek form Coyotes

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues bolstered a defense that's been without All-Star Kevin Shattenkirk for a month, acquiring veteran Zbynek Michalek and a conditional third-round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes for prospect Maxim Letunov. The 32-year-old Michalek also is out, however, missing two weeks with a concussion. In 53 games, he has two goals and six assists and is among...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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