It’s just a preseason game, but it still matters when it comes to the future of forward James Neal. Neal is in St. Louis on a PTO and trying to show the rest of the NHL that he’s still got a lot of good hockey left in him.
James Neal has been around the game of hockey long enough to know that careers don't last forever and that jobs are precious. (St. Louis Blues/Scott Rovak) James Neal (81) celebrates one of his three goals scored with Steven Santini in the Blues' 6-2 exhibition win over Minnesota on Saturday.
On the night the preseason began, the St. Louis Blues signed longtime president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension, allowing the team to build off the "continuity" that has built up over his tenure.
This clears the cap space needed after the Thomas signing. The latest victim of the Vladimir Tarasenko saga isn’t exactly unexpected. Zach Sanford, who signed a one year, two million dollar contract with the team in early August, was dealt today to the Ottawa Senators.
The St. Louis Blues have made a move during training camp, trading forward Zach Sanford (26) to the Ottawa Senators for forward Logan Brown (23) and a conditional fourth-round pick that will be removed from the deal if Brown plays 30 or more games for the Blues this season.
The player, his teammates, and the front office all agree that he’s here to play. The opening training camp sessions have started, and the Blues have their first pre-season game tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild.
The move has puzzled fans, and that’s putting it lightly. It started with a tweet from Frank Seravalli: By “it” I mean puzzlement, confusion, trepidation - bust out the thesaurus and look up “unhappy” and there’s your description of Blues fans on social media.
The Blues’ standout prospect could challenge for a spot during camp. The Blues’ prospects wrapped up their visit to Traverse City yesterday with a disappointing 1-1-1 record and a 7-3 lethargic loss to the Dallas Stars’ prospects.
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Camp starts on Thursday. The training camp period before the pre-season is shorter than usual this season. This is thanks to the necessity of starting the year a bit later than normal because of Covid pushing back last season.
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NHL Training Camps will open next week and a flurry of activity has taken place. Tyler Bozak signed a bonus laden deal to remain with the St. Louis Blues while a handful of UFA’s have inked a PTO (professional tryout).
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