Hitchcock on Blues tuning him out: “Everybody says that and it’s the easy way out”

Ken Hitchcock’s run as head coach of the St. Louis Blues will be one remembered for his abrasive style, memorable quotes and ultimately the team’s inability to put all the pieces together despite a significant playoff run. He, like nearly every coach around the league before him, exited his team on a sour note, remembered more for his failures than for his accomplishments. Shortly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Ott might turn into a solid assistant coach

Steve Ott being named a new assistant coach of the St. Louis Blues was a pretty big surprise. For starters, Ott just finished a playoff run with the Montreal Canadiens in April and had made no public announcement regarding his retirement. At 34, it was assumed he wasn’t going to hang up his skates quite yet, but he did so in unexpected fashion by taking a new job next to Blues...
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Tom Stillman sounds like he has too much faith in Doug Armstrong

GM Doug Armstrong has been widely criticized by Blues fans the past couple years as the team has repeatedly fallen short of their ultimate goal while the squeeze of the salary cap has grown tighter and tighter through questionable contracts. Despite all of that, team owner Tom Stillman still has complete faith that Armstrong is the right man for the job. Stillman commented on the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

One obvious change for 2017-18: Give Colton Parayko top power play minutes

The Blues have a ton of questions to address over the summer, ranging from their coaching staff all the way to their unending search for a top center. There are plenty of areas for the Blues to improve and work on, but one of the best changes might also be one of the easiest – Put Colton Parayko on the top power play unit. Throughout 2016-17 and into the playoffs, Parayko was...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jori Lehtera blames the World Cup, pressure and his pay raise for poor play in 2016-17

It’s rare for Blues fans to all agree on the same thing, but one theme which tied all fans together throughout the 2016-17 season was the miserable play from Jori Lehtera. What drove his struggles? Blues fans have their ideas (a lack of talent seems to be a common guess), but Lehtera believes it had to do with the World Cup of Hockey and the additional pressure under his new contract...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues will share AHL affiliate with Vegas, hope to have own affiliate for 2018-19

Nothing is ever simple or easy for the St. Louis Blues. The team announced that they would no longer be affiliated with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and instead will partner with the Vegas Golden Knights to send players to their AHL affiliate … which is the Chicago Wolves. Confused? Most people were. Simply, the Blues will put players on the Chicago Wolves’ roster as they previously...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Allen on Mike Yeo: “I think we all love playing for him”

There were several significant stories for the Blues this season, but few had the impact of the coaching change which showed Ken Hitchcock the door and promoted Mike Yeo. The Blues responded instantly, rattling off an impressive record down the stretch before ultimately falling in the second round of the playoffs. Yeo’s message clearly resonated with the players, but there may...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tarasenko: “It was honestly the hardest season in my career”

The 2016-17 season was one filled with ups and downs for the St. Louis Blues. From some of the highest of highs (Winter Classic victory, resurgence under Mike Yeo and first round series win over Minnesota), the Blues also experienced some of the lowest lows (stumbling with Hitchcock, Kevin Shattenkirk trade and a playoff exit to Nashville) a team can face over the course of one year...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t let low expectations overshadow the Blues dropping another chance to win the Cup

The Blues have been eliminated from contention for the Stanley Cup. That’s a sentence Blues fans have become all too familiar with as it’s been said in one form or another ever since the team’s creation. The 2016-17 proved to be another year where the Blues fell short of their goal, but this time low expectations from fans (and possibly the team) are overshadowing what was...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dmitrij Jaskin again a playoff hero, deserves to play in Game 6

Dmitrij Jaskin was one of the best players on the ice for the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 against the Nashville Predators. That’s a pretty crazy sentence to write considering he wasn’t even supposed to be in the lineup. Replacing an injured Alexander Steen just before the critical game which could have ended the Blues’ season, Jaskin broke out and had what may have been the best...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

David Perron’s play resembles the Blues’ failures of old

Once upon a time, the St. Louis Blues had a core group of players who crumbled under the pressure of the playoffs. They may still exit from the playoffs earlier than Blues fans would like, but for the most part there’s a new core in place which has exercised many of the demons of old. Except David Perron. Perron falls into a unique category as he was with the Blues during some...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Summer renovations at the Scottrade Center include bigger scoreboard, better sound and lighting

The home of the St. Louis Blues will soon have some shiny new upgrades. The Scottrade Center will start seeing some renovation work this summer and the list of projects include replacing one of the worst scoreboards in the NHL. Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman recently spoke with Chris Kerber about the various projects which include installing a larger scoreboard that will...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues deserve to be trailing the Predators after 3 games

The better team is leading this second round series between the Blues and Predators. Unfortunately, that team isn’t the Blues who now find themselves in a 2-1 hole after being bested in pretty impressive fashion on the road in Nashville in Game 3. Game 3 saw the Blues fall behind by two before clawing back on a beautiful deflection by Alexander Steen. From there, the game could...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Tarasenko among elite company in terms of playoff goals

Vladimir Tarasenko broke out in a big way in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, scoring two goals to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory. Tarasenko’s two strikes pushed him to 22 total playoff goals in his career. Those 22 goals through 40 career playoff games place him among elite company. As you can see, Tarasenko is now tied for sixth for most goals scored across his first...
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April 29, 2017  |  Discuss

Game 1 loss to the Predators on more than just Jake Allen

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Jake Allen made a huge error at a critical point of the game which ended up allowing the Nashville Predators to score the deciding goal. Allen was deservedly blasted for his mistake, but it’s important to remember that the blame for the Game 1 loss should fall on many more shoulders. Following the game, Allen blamed himself for the...
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April 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Carter Hutton on Pekka Rinne: “We can be buddies after”

No offense to Carter Hutton, but here’s to hoping he doesn’t make an appearance in the St. Louis Blues’ series against the Nashville Predators. Hutton would likely only see time if one of two scenarios unfolded – Jake Allen going down with an injury or Allen allowing lots of bad goals. Obviously, both are less than ideal situations. Still, Hutton is an outstanding resource...
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April 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Tarasenko a finalist for Lady Byng Trophy

The three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy were announced and one nominee should be pretty familiar to Blues fans. Vladimir Tarasenko will join Johnny Gaudreau and  Mikael Granlund as the 2017 nominees for the award given to the player who, according to the league, is “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, combined with a high standard...
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April 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Blues nearly blow it, advance thanks to Paajarvi and Sobotka

It was almost broken record time. The St. Louis Blues secured a lead, sat back on it and were nearly overwhelmed in embarrassing fashion. Instead of completing the meltdown and allowing the Minnesota Wild to force Game 6, Magnus Paajarvi and Vladimir Sobotka teamed up to push the Blues into the next round. That’s right – Paajarvi and Sobotka are your Game 5 overtime heroes, combining...
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April 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Blues playing “casual” with a chance to eliminate the Wild is inexcusable

Apparently old habits die hard. The St. Louis Blues once again coughed up an opportunity to put away a formidable opponent in a playoff series. As seen repeatedly last year, the Blues had a chance to eliminate a playoff foe and instead played a slow, uninspired game which gave away a critical victory. Before going any further, the Blues still own a commanding 3-1 lead in the series...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo doesn’t want to analyze extra rest before Game 4

Playoff scheduling is weird. As if the late start times weren’t annoying enough, the league decided to give the Blues and Wild an extra day off between Game 3 and Game 4 in their first round series. That decision isn’t as maddening as the really stupid start times, but it’s another odd wrench the Blues have to deal with. Extra rest is usually a good thing, but when it comes...
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April 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Blues keep finding ways to win, put Wild on the brink

With a big Game 3 win at home, the Blues now own a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Wild. Though the Blues have emerged with three wins in three attempts, the style and manner in which the team has won has been vastly different in each contest. The Blues keep finding ways to win. Game 1 was ugly. Jake Allen was the hero as the Wild completely controlled the game and were extremely...
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April 16, 2017  |  Discuss

NHL won’t allow Blues to wear Winter Classic uniforms in the playoffs

Were you hoping to see the St. Louis Blues sport their awesome uniforms from the Winter Classic during a home playoff game? The NHL has stepped in to crush those hopes, informing the Blues that they won’t be allowed to wear the uniforms and must instead wear their regular home jerseys in the playoffs. The team may have been planning to wear the Winter Classic jerseys as their rally...
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April 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Devan Dubnyk is already playing the blame game against the Blues

The St. Louis Blues are returning home with a surprising 2-0 series lead against the Minnesota Wild. Those two wins were due to some outstanding play from Jake Allen, some timely offense and some fortunate bounces. Things are bright in the St. Louis dressing room while the blame game is already being played by the Wild on the other side of the rink. Following Game 2, Devan Dubnyk...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

The Blues were kind of horrible in Game 1

The Blues stole a win in Game 1 against the Wild. The idea of “stealing” a win is thrown around pretty often in the sporting world, but the Game 1 victory might be the best recent example where a team was completely overwhelmed and bested and yet still walked away with a win. Jake Allen was the best player on the ice between the two teams, but if we’re discussing positives...
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April 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Looking back at a really weird 2016-17 Blues regular season

The St. Louis Blues wrap up their 2016-17 regular season with an evening game on Sunday before everyone’s attention shifts to the playoffs. Before closing the door on the regular season, let’s take a quick look back at just how bizarre the regular season was. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the craziness of it all and it’s only when you step back that things fall into...
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April 09, 2017  |  Discuss
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