Louie will appear in NHL 16

EA has tried to make the crowds and atmospheres more engaging in NHL 16. They’ve done this by using the actual goal songs and team salutes each team uses as well as including each team’s mascot into the game. Instead of seeing large blobs of “fans” going through repeated motions, NHL 16 will aim to use unique, diverse and realistic crowds. Like him or not, Louie will be...
Via Frozen Notes
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

An early look at the St. Louis Blues forward lines for the 2015-2016 season

Since its August and there really isn’t a whole lot going on around the NHL, lets take some time to make predictions about the coming season! For this article I’ll look at potential forward line combinations for the St. Louis Blues. The Blues have had an interesting offseason in making changes to their forward corps. First, they traded away TJ Oshie and got Troy Brouwer, goaltender...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis captain Backes could face demotion due to youngsters

Change is coming to the St. Louis Blues, and captain David Backes might not like all of the differences with next year's Blues. According to coach Ken Hitchcock, Backes's spot in the lineup will be determined by how NHL-ready the team's prospects are, and Backes could drop down to a third-line center role should the youngsters prove capable of managing a top-six spot. "I think...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Backes gives back to alma mater's rink renovations

David Backes played three years of NCAA hockey at Minnesota State University-Mankato, but they were three years that left a lasting impact on the Blues' star.So now that he has a successful NHL career, Backes is giving back to his alma mater to the tune of an $100,000 donation to renovations of the Mankato hockey team's facilities. His money will be specifically used for the strength...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should the Blues use during 3-on-3 overtime?

Ever since the NHL revealed they’d be adopting 3-on-3 overtime beginning in 2015-16, Blues fans have been quick to predict which trio the club should use for the new format. There are some obvious choices – Vladimir Tarasenko for starters – but below is an educated guess at what the Blues might do in various situation. Vladimir Tarasenko – Jaden Schwartz – Alex Pietrangelo...
Via Frozen Notes
9 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: How Troy Brouwer can make an impact on the team

On July 2nd, the St. Louis Blues made quite the adjustment to their roster as they sent T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals in return for Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley, and a 3rd round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. It will be odd to see a Blues lineup that doesn’t include Oshie’s name but there are many upsides to the trade that can help the Blues as another...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chelmsford’s Keith Aucoin honored at Lowell Lock Monsters Night

Keith Aucoin with his bobble head. (Photo/Patrick Doherty/Spinners)LOWELL, Mass. — It was a great night for baseball, but it was hockey night at LeLacheur Park as the Lowell Spinners faced the Tri-City ValleyCats in the third game of a three-game series on Thursday night. For the third straight season, the Spinners honored the former Lowell American Hockey League team the Lowell...
Via Mill City Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brodziak: The Blues were 'probably my most hated team to play against'

Brand-new St. Louis Blue Kyle Brodziak is joining a team he previously saw as the enemy.Brodziak, who spent six-seasons with the Minnesota Wild, signed a one-year, $900,000 on July 2.  And it might take a while to get used to sporting the note on the front of his chest.“To be honest, (the Blues were) probably my most hated team to play against just because they’re a very difficult...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Division Offseason Roundup: St. Louis Blues

  Today marks the beginning of our roundtable series where we recap the offseason changes made by the Avalanche’s Central Division rivals. We won’t be delving too deep into the financial aspects of each team’s signings, focusing instead on how their new lineups will fare against the Avalanche in 2016. We start with the St. Louis Blues, who have had a relatively quiet summer...
Via BSN Denver
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jersey numbers for Brouwer and Brodziak unveiled

The newest members of the St. Louis Blues finally have official numbers. Troy Brouwer will wear #36 and Kyle Brodziak will wear #28. In case you were curious. #OurBlues #stlblues — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 17, 2015 Let’s hope Brouwer finds more success than Matt D’Agostini had with #36 and Brodziak maintains a better bill of health...
Via Frozen Notes
17 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The top 3 things to consider before next season

The St. Louis Blues have been having a rather eventful offseason. With each trade, re-signing, or draft prospect comes many possibilities. There will be many things to watch out for next season but here are the top 3: 1. Will Ken Hitchcock find redemption? When the Blues organization announced that they had signed head coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension, it was...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Have fans been too hard on Patrik Berglund?

I’ll say it. Patrik Berglund drives me nuts. He’s a 3.7 million dollar player who created a flurry early in his career with 20 goal seasons and since has plummeted to “overrated” status. His 32 points in 2013-14 and 27 points in 2014-15 represent an inability to thrive in head coach Ken Hitchcock’s offense, but that didn’t stop Doug Armstrong from extending him three...
Via STLSportsMinute
22 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko’s massive contract extension

With a new move by the St. Louis Blues, the exciting saga that is the Blues’ offseason continues. On Tuesday, the Blues’ front office announced that they had signed star-winger Vladimir Tarasenko to a contract extension. A huge contract extension. In fact, it is the richest contract in Blues’ history and one that leaves Tarasenko the highest paid member of the team. It is arguable...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues re-sign Vladimir Tarasenko

On Tuesday, star RW Vladimir Tarasenko signed an eight-year $60 million contract with the St. Louis Blues, the largest contract in the organization’s history. Initial reaction At first glance, this is a great thing for the Blues. The Blues get their star forward locked up for the next eight years, or basically for the prime of his career. This means the Blues will have a superstar...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tarasenko comments on his new contract with the Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko is an elite talent and the Blues recognized that fact with an eight-year, $60 million contract. Tarasenko has already proven to be one of the best European players in St. Louis Blues history and he’s primed to be the face of the franchise for the next eight seasons. What does he think of his new contract? Simply, he loves St. Louis and dreams about winning the...
Via Frozen Notes
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Magnus Paajarvi avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal with Blues

The St. Louis Blues and Magnus Paajarvi have avoided arbitration. The two sides agreed to a one-year, one-way deal worth a reported $700,000. This is a pretty interesting contract for both Paajarvi and the Blues. Paajarvi was reportedly considering a move to Sweden if he wasn’t given a contract with guaranteed NHL time and that’s exactly what he received in the one-way deal....
Via Frozen Notes
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tarasenko already one of the Blues’ best ever European players

The Blues don’t exactly have a rich history when it comes to European talent. Pavol Demitra immediately comes to mind, but beyond that most of the best talent to wear the Note has been from outside of Europe. Where does Tarasenko stack up against the other European players in Blues history? Pretty close to the top. #Blues havent had as rich a history of NHL European stars as others...
Via Frozen Notes
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko deal is a statement

Today, after a not so long wait, the St. Louis Blues signed Vladimir Tarasenko to a long term contract. The details are eight years at 60 million. It’s a modest deal for one of the best young players in the game. An AAV of 7.5 million for a guy who scored 37 goals in his second full regular season and added 6 playoff goals in 6 playoff games is a bargain. Let’s dig into five...
Via STLSportsMinute
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Vladimir Tarasenko Signs New Contract with St. Louis Blues Worth $60 Million

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 19: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center on January 19, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/NHLI via Getty Images) Coming off a season highlighted by two hat tricks, Vladimir Tarasenko signed an eight-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth $60 million...
Via The Sports Journal
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

Good news for St. Louis Blues fans, the club has locked up dynamic forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year $60 million contract. General manager Doug Armstrong said it’s a great day for the Blues. “It’s a great day in Blues history to get a player of Vladi’s caliber locked into the organization through the prime of his career,” Armstrong said. “I think we saw...
Via Puck Drunk Love
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues ink Vladimir Tarasenko to eight-year, $60 million contract

Vladimir Tarasenko won’t be leaving the Blues anytime soon. The star forward signed a massive eight-year, $60 million contract which will keep him in St. Louis through the 2022-23 campaign. Tarasenko’s new deal will carry an average cap hit of $7.5 million and he’ll become the team’s highest paid player, surpassing Paul Stastny. A deal between the Blues and Tarasenko was...
Via Frozen Notes
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Trade or keep David Backes?

To trade David Backes or not. For the St. Louis Blues, that is the infinite question. The captain is revered and respected inside the clubhouse and around the NHL and puts up solid regular season numbers, but is that enough for the Blues to hang onto him if an enticing offer comes forward? Is the juice worth the squeeze? Shaking up a team is one thing. Trading fan favorite and veteran...
Via STLSportsMinute
29 days ago  |  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...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Magnus Paajarvi has filed for salary arbitration

The St. Louis Blues have hinted that they’d like to see what Magnus Paajarvi has to offer in 2015-16, but first they’d need to sign the restricted free agent. Paajarvi has filed for salary arbitration and will next have a hearing between July 20th and August 4th in which an arbitrator will rule on his salary. Paajarvi made a brief NHL appearance last season (10 games – 1 assist...
Via Frozen Notes
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues 2015 prospect camp opens Monday at St. Louis Mills

The St. Louis Blues 2015 Prospect Camp gets underway Monday at St. Louis Mills. It will feature 25 Blues prospects, including 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri as well as all six of the club's 2015 draft selections. The camp runs from July 6-9. The players will take the ice from 2-4 p.m. each day, including skills sessions from 2-3 p.m. and a four-on-four scrimmage from 3:15-4 p...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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