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St. Louis Blues Still Have Questions in Net

St. Louis Blues Still Have Questions in Net

July 19th, 2018 No general manager in the NHL has been more active this summer than Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues. Though his team missed the playoffs by just one point in 2017-18, Armstrong took strides to overhaul his roster through trade and free agency. Now, the Blues have a brand new look, but one...
Blues' Robby Fabbri on the Rebound

Blues' Robby Fabbri on the Rebound

July 17th, 2018 The Blues have been a regular feature in hockey headlines this summer as they have made four significant free agent acquisitions and one blockbuster trade. But one new feature that many may be overlooking is not an acquisition at all, but the return of Robby Fabbri. Fabbri has been out of action...

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July 2nd, 2018
Blues Transactions

Ask an arbitrator and they’ll tell you that when both sides of a deal think they made out like bandits, it’s usually a fair and even outcome. Armchair general managers on both sides are having a field day with the trade that was consummated Sunday night between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues. The Sabres acquired forwards Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson, as well as a first-round pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2021 in exchange for center Ryan O'Reilly. It’s much too early to know which team will benefit more from this trade. Many Sabres fans want to win now and are skeptical of Jason Botterill’s path forward -- one that could have the team suffer another year or two. He brought in two versatile, yet older, mediocre players who likely won’t be difference-makers. The picks, even if made out to be difference-makers, won’t make that difference for a couple of years. It’s one step backward today for two steps forward...
July 2nd, 2018
Blues Prospects

Friday marked the conclusion of the St. Louis Blues' annual prospect camp, a week of drills and scrimmages for the prospects that have been drafted, signed, and traded into the organization in the last few years. It was the fans' first look at the crop of 2018 draft picks, and a fresh opportunity for them to see some of the Blues' advanced prospects, as well. We at The Hockey Writers were in attendance for parts of each day of the camp, and it is safe to say that the Blues have a bright future. A Busy Blues Week For the 2018 NHL Draft picks, like Scott Perunovich pictured above, this has been one of the busiest and most exciting weeks of their lives. It began Friday when many hoped to hear their name called from the stage at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, marking them as first round picks in the NHL. But even for those like Perunovich, who had to wait until day two to be chosen, being drafted into the NHL is a dream come true, especially because he had been passed...
July 1st, 2018
St Louis Blues

The Buffalo Sabres have traded Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2021 second-round pick, 2016 first-round pick Tage Thompson and veteran forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund. https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/1013584745807171585 It’s hard to get big-time centers in the NHL who can play a solid 200-foot game while still contributing in an offensive way. O’Reilly checks off all the boxes as a center as he is an elite faceoff man, an excellent 200-foot forward and he has scored upwards of 55 points in six consecutive seasons, not including the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when he still scored an impressive six goals and 20 points in 29 games. O’Reilly has recorded upwards of 30 assists in each of those six seasons and has scored over 20 goals in four of them, including 28 in 2013-14 while he was still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s eclipsed the 60-point mark three times in his career, two of...
July 1st, 2018
St Louis Blues

While it might not be the news most expected out of St. Louis, the Blues have made some noise on Sunday. After getting David Perron on a four-year deal that looked far more reasonable than many expected, the Blues went and spent most of the money they saved by giving it to former Toronto Maple Leaf center Tyler Bozak who was given a three-year deal worth $5MM per season. https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/1013447401414242305 Some will consider this deal and overpay considering Bozak's declined numbers but there is a chance, if Bozak is given the opportunity to shine in St. Louis, this deal might be seen as fair with an increasing salary cap and with players signing for more and more money per year as the NHL changes toward being center and a defense-first league. The Bozak Bidding War Because Tyler Bozak was a legitimate NHL center, he was rumored to be a name that was going to get a lot of interest. Bozak wasn't destined to be back in Toronto thanks to salary cap issues...

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One for the Ages: Wayne Gretzky's 1995-96 NHL Season

The 1995-96 St. Louis Blues were a collection of hockey's aged superstars. A team with an all-in mentality. One that endeavored to squeeze whatever elixir was still left in the proverbial fountain of youth. But for some reason, it didn't quite work. Wayne Gretzky's time with the Blues is likely... June 6th, 2018

Unbreakable Records: The St. Louis Blues and the 1978 NHL Draft

In 1978, the St. Louis Blues set an unbeatable record at the final NHL Amateur Draft. In the following year, the NHL allowed teams to draft players from the defunct WHA and those who had played overseas. In light of these changes, the league renamed the annual inventory-taking event as the NHL... November 1st, 2017