Jeff Ponder Jeff Ponder | @jponder94

I joined TheHockeyWriters in January 2012 while serving as a St. Louis Blues media member during the 2011-12 season. Currently, fellow THW writer Mike Poepping and I host the Blues Face Off Show, found on KSDK.com, St. Louis' No. 1 source for news.

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[photo: Derek Neumeier]

NHL Expansion Roundtable: Las Vegas

Wayne Newton, the guys from The Hangover series and… the NHL? It’s been a long-debated topic since the NHL moved its annual awards show to Las Vegas in 2010 – […]

by · October 1, 2014 · 3 comments · The Business of Hockey
Nordiques fans have shown up at NHL rinks asking for a team to return to Quebec (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

NHL Expansion Roundtable: Quebec City

Expansion was the talk of the summer when news broke that the NHL was planning to move into four cities. For every reason you can possibly think of, this gripped […]

by · September 30, 2014 · 5 comments · The Business of Hockey
Paajarvi has been used in all scoring situations in St. Louis (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues: Training Camp Notes

The St. Louis Blues are hoping that more of the same will not be the trend in the Gateway City. A franchise that has not seen the Western Conference Final […]

by · September 22, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
(Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Reaves vs. Paul Bissonnette: Who’s the Winner?

Dallas Stars Rookie Valeri Nichushkin missed the license plate of the truck that plowed him over in front of the St. Louis Blues’ bench. At 11:56 of the first period […]

by · September 17, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues, Videos
Book Review: 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Book Review: 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

You know the important chunks of St. Louis Blues history – the three Stanley Cup Final appearances at the beginning, the Monday Night Miracle and Brett Hull’s fabulous 86-goal season […]

by · September 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Hockey Books
(Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues’ Tarasenko Poised for Breakout Year

Last postseason, the St. Louis Blues coaching staff witnessed one of its players break out just when it was needed most. Vladimir Tarasenko, who missed the final 15 contests of […]

by · September 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Player Profiles, St Louis Blues
Schwartz led the Blues with a plus-28 last season (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Trying to Bridge Gap in Jaden Schwartz Contract Discussions

The summer has provided St. Louis Blues fans with some extreme highs. It all started with a titillating draft that saw 10 draft picks and a trade to bring in […]

by · September 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Brian Elliott (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Blues Roundtable: Has This Summer Been Productive?

Why don’t the Blues just get a really fat guy to play in net? Why doesn’t management just trade a draft pick and Ian Cole for Sidney Crosby? These are […]

by · August 6, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
(Photo:  Andy Martin Jr)

Peter Mueller: Steal of the Summer?

Few heads were turned when the St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday that they agreed to terms with forward Peter Mueller on a one-year, two-way contract. Exact terms of the […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues
Steen returned to the lineup last week but couldn't help the Blues overcome a 6-game skid  (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Coach Hitchcock Hints at Lineup Changes

Over the summer months, NHL teams like to turn their Twitter over to players, coaches or management. It’s a fun way to allow access into the depths of the organization […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 2 comments · St Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo missed Day 1 of camp last season (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues Social Media Guide

It’s official, folks: summer has arrived. Those long, grueling days where AHL signings trickle in about once a day seem as though they are here to stay. What is a […]

by · July 23, 2014 · 0 comments · St Louis Blues
Sobotka was the NHL's top faceoff man in 2013-14 (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)

Quick on the Draw: Blues Remain Strong in the Circle

Thursday was a dark day in St. Louis Blues history… depending on who you ask. It was announced that last season’s trade-deadline acquisition at forward, Steve Ott, signed a two-year, […]

by · July 14, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, St Louis Blues