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March 19th, 2020
St Louis Blues

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is word out of Finland that the Jesse Puljujarvi's coach wants him to stick around another season, there is buzz about how much the St. Louis Blues are willing to spend to retain Alex Pietrangelo and who else might be interested, and there's news that the Chicago Blackhawks are concerned about a flat salary cap for next season. Finally, could this NHL pause affect the plans for Seattle's expansion into the NHL? Will Oilers Have Puljujarvi Next Season? Former Oilers forward (technically, still Oilers forward) Jesse Puljujarvi likely heard his coach in Finland speak a little about Puljujarvi's possible future in the NHL, saying he’d like to see the 21-year-old forward spend another season in Finland, according to reports from Kaleva.Fi....
March 17th, 2020
St Louis Blues

The cornerstone of the recent success for the St. Louis Blues has been their blue line. And that could all change depending on what happens with captain Alex Pietrangelo this offseason. Related: St. Louis Blues' Mt. Rushmore There are scenarios where the blue line virtually stays the same and there are ones where it changes drastically. A lot of the pursuit of re-signing Pietrangelo depends on whether the salary cap goes up or down in the NHL. Under Contract for 2020-21 Season The Blues have four defensemen on the 2019-20 active roster that have contracts for the 2020-21 season: Colton Parayko, Justin Faulk, Carl Gunnarsson, and Robert Bortuzzo. Parayko is a cornerstone defenseman - he's become one of the best defensive defensemen in the NHL. Some would argue that...
March 17th, 2020
Blues Goaltending

For any kid who grows up wanting to be a goaltender, their ultimate goal is to be the team's starter. They wanted to be the one that makes that final save in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Related: Scotty Bowman - A Coach's Life I know one kid who played goaltender in our neighborhood and who probably at one point, had that dream as well. It didn’t hurt that somewhere during his youth, the future Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine played with them, even though he was probably long gone before I ever made even one save. No doubt, Jake Allen was also one of those kids, growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In the Beginning For the Blues, they’ve been looking for that same goaltender too. The one who could take them to Lord Stanley’s Cup, and while it took them over 50...
March 15th, 2020
Blues History

Four of America's most famous and influential Presidents are emblazoned in stone across the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The monument was finished in 1941, and ever since, it has stood as a memory of the great men that helped shape their country. Of course, it has also served as a platform for debate amongst sports fans everywhere, as they try to decide the four greatest players in their franchise's history. That's what we'll be doing today: discussing the four greatest St. Louis Blues in history. For this post, we will be judging based off a player's contribution to the Blues' franchise, so, for example, Wayne Gretzky, who played half of one season in St. Louis, will not be considered. Now, without further ado, let's get to the list. Bernie Federko (1976-1989)...
March 12th, 2020
Blues Transactions

St. Louis Blues forward Troy Brouwer just cleared waivers, further signaling the inevitable end of a championship-winning career. Blues Deal Oshie for Brouwer Brouwer had signed a one-year deal back in November to rejoin the Blues after a professional try-out. The rugged forward had served as a risk-free addition, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in the summer of 2015, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong acquired him the first time around in a trade with the Washington Capitals (with backup goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick that would become Garrett Pilon) for T.J. Oshie. Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie - (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) It would be an understatement to say the Blues gave up more than they got in the deal. Nevertheless, it arguably...
March 9th, 2020
Blues Goaltending

Jake Allen pitched the only shutout of the night on Sunday, and in the process, he made some franchise history for the St. Louis Blues. Meanwhile, Martin Brodeur set some even more significant history on this date in 1999. Plus, we'll look at the goaltending week in review. Allen Joins Blues History The relationship between Allen and the Blues has been strained at times. But this season, he has been one of the better backups in the NHL. In fact, he is 12th in the league in save percentage (SV%) above expected (.222) and he leads the league in high danger SV% (.897), the SV% he shows on high danger chances against (HDCA). It has been an extraordinary bounce-back season for the longtime Blues netminder. Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Sunday's game...