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November 21st, 2020
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The St. Louis Blues are reeling from the departure of captain Alex Pietrangelo to the Vegas Golden Knights. Moreover, they will enter the 2020-21season without the services of either Alex Steen or Vladimir Tarasenko, both of whom are expected to enter the season on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR). And as of this writing, young defenseman Vince Dunn remains a restricted free agent (RFA) with little salary cap space to sign him. With all of that turnover, there will be holes to fill, and solutions aren't likely to come from outside the organization under current circumstances. In this article, we'll look at three candidates likely to break out with the Blues during the 2020-21 season. But before we begin, we should recognize: not every breakout candidate has to be a young, unproven...
November 18th, 2020
Blues History

Before Doug Armstrong became the general manager of the St. Louis Blues, the club had some struggles in the 2000s decade that allowed them to have some premium picks at the top of multiple drafts. The early 2000s saw the Blues have some quality regular seasons that led to late first-round picks, similar to the last five seasons for the club. The middle of the 2000s saw them have some lost seasons leading to early to middle first-round picks. St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Roberson) They made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs six times from 2000 to 2009 but did see three straight seasons of missing them altogether. As with most professional sports drafts, they are very hit or miss, and that could be said about the Blues' drafting over this...
November 18th, 2020
St Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have been a model franchise in terms of their structure over the last few seasons. They don't have any massive contracts at this point, which is a good sign for the future. The teams with massive contracts rarely see sustained success. The Chicago Blackhawks are the outlier, they won three Cups in five seasons and are now dealing with the cap issues that come with that. The Blues don't have that big of an issue yet. Let's take a look at the Blues' three best contracts, as they continue to build a consistent winner. 1. Colton Parayko (2 Years Left, $5.5 Million) Parayko is now the number one defenseman on the Blues, and his contract over the next two seasons will be of great value given what he brings to the table as one of the best third-round picks by...
November 16th, 2020
Blues Prospects

The Big Ten hockey season got underway over the weekend with the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin sweeping their two-game sets. There were a lot of top prospects on display over the weekend including one who could be a top pick at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Also, a St. Louis Blues goaltending prospect is putting up some great numbers to start his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) season. Johnson Nets His First College Goal Even though only one conference in Division I has started to play, it is hard to deny that Michigan is one of the best teams in all of the NCAA. They opened their season with a dominating 8-1 win over Arizona State on Saturday night. Their roster is absolutely loaded with a handful of recent NHL draftees, including three different first-round...
November 13th, 2020
Blues History

This extremely busy day in National Hockey League history included a little bit of everything. For the first time, a team used three goaltenders to win a game and a penalty-shot goal was scored. In addition, three members of the same family each hit personal milestones in three separate decades. Blues Need Three Goalies in Win The St. Louis Blues picked up a very strange 3-1 win over the New York Rangers, on Nov. 13, 1968, as they needed to use three different goaltenders in order to pull it off. Veteran Glenn Hall started and he allowed New York’s lone goal just over a minute into the game. Referee Vern Buffey gave Hall a game misconduct penalty just 45 seconds later for arguing a penalty call. Rookie goaltender Robbie Irons came off the bench to replace Hall. However, bad...
November 12th, 2020
St Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues are fortunate to be one of the few NHL teams who have a small number of bad contracts on their roster. Their best players are also signed to great value contracts. With that said, let's look at three deals that the Blues may regret at this point. 1. Alex Steen (1 Year Left, $5.75 Million per Year) I don't blame the Blues for signing Steen to this deal, but it isn't ideal to have it on the books right now. He's 36 years old and has been unable to stay healthy in the last season or so, although he was a great fourth-liner for the Cup-winning team in 2019. Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Steen has been a great leader and a solid player for many years. But with the injuries he's suffered as he reaches 36 years old, this...