Blues Report Cards 2018-19: Robert Thomas

Blues Report Cards 2018-19: Robert Thomas

August 20th, 2019 The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Championship, the first in the history of the franchise. But, naturally, some players made a bigger contribution than others. In this series, we’ll look at the Blues’ star players, and see who made the grade and who needs to retake the...
NHL Rumors: Hall, Flames, Blues, Sharks, More

NHL Rumors: Hall, Flames, Blues, Sharks, More

August 15th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are whispers on what Taylor Hall's next deal might look like and there are some options floating around for the Calgary Flames who are in the market for a defenseman. Finally, there are updates on Ivan Barbashev out of St. Louis and Joe Thornton and Patrick...

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August 10th, 2019
Blues Goaltending

The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Championship, the first in the history of the franchise. But, naturally, some players made a bigger contribution than others. In this series, we’ll look at the Blues’ star players, and see who made the grade and who needs to retake the test. Jake Allen began the 2018-19 season as the St. Louis Blues' unquestioned number one goaltender. He ended the campaign as a distant backup, watching rookie sensation Jordan Binnington carry his team to the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup. Based on that fact alone, it would be easy to assume that Allen was a total failure in the season. But a closer examination of his output suggests that, while he certainly doesn't earn high marks, he may not be quite so bad as many assume. Allen's...
August 6th, 2019
St Louis Blues

The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Championship, the first in the history of the franchise. But, naturally, some players made a bigger contribution than others. In this series, we’ll look at the Blues’ star players, and see who made the grade and who needs to retake the test. If any single player totally encapsulated the strange 2018-19 season for the St. Louis Blues, it was defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. He was unidentifiable through the first months of the season, every bit the embarrassment as the team was as a whole. But as the season progressed, his play continually improved. By season's end, he looked as good as he had in years, and he was critical in helping the franchise capture its first ever Stanley Cup. It was enough to earn Bouwmeester a contract...
August 3rd, 2019
St Louis Blues

Friday marked the two month point before opening night of the regular season, when the St. Louis Blues will raise their franchise's first ever Stanley Cup banner into the rafters. Even with so little time remaining in the offseason, the Blues have several unanswered questions lingering, including two significant free agents. Here is a look at the top three questions entering the season. 1) Ivan Barbashev Ivan Barbashev was a significant part of the Blues' Stanley Cup run, grinding it out in a fourth line role. Still, he remains unsigned. Without arbitration rights, the Russian forward has little negotiating leverage, but the team will want him to be part of the opening night roster. Ivan Barbashev remains unsigned with two months left in the offseason (Amy Irvin / The...
July 31st, 2019
St Louis Blues

The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Championship, the first in the history of the franchise. But, naturally, some players made a bigger contribution than others. In this series, we’ll look at the Blues’ star players, and see who made the grade and who needs to retake the test. When the St. Louis Blues acquired Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2017 NHL Draft, they believed they'd bought a top-six difference maker who didn't have a clear role on his current team. In the following season, Schenn proved them right, smashing a career high with 70 points in 82 games, leading the team. In his second season with the team, he was once again in a new role. Ryan O'Reilly arrived in the offseason, making Schenn no longer the team's primary center. Through a...
July 30th, 2019
St Louis Blues

The 2018-19 St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup Championship, the first in the history of the franchise. But, naturally, some players made a bigger contribution than others. In this series, we'll look at the Blues' star players, and see who made the grade and who needs to retake the test. Entering the 2018-19 season, there was no question that Vladimir Tarasenko was the St. Louis Blues' superstar. Even with the offseason arrival of Ryan O'Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres, it was the Russian sniper who had the fans' hearts, not to mention the sweater sales and the video game cover. After the remarkable Stanley Cup Championship season, the hierarchy changed. O'Reilly, whose trophy cabinet is now highlighted by a Selke Trophy and a Conn Smythe Trophy, is one of the new faces of the...