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Bar In Philadelphia Seeking Money From The St. Louis Blues

from Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY,

The Philadelphia bar that inspired the St. Louis Blues' "Gloria" fad is seeking money from the items — T-shirts, hats and other small merchandise — that were sold inside and outside of Enterprise Center during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup.

Attorney Rob McKinley, who represents The Jacks NYB,  told USA TODAY Sports that the Blues' postgame victory song, Laura Branigan's 1982 disco classic "Gloria," was only part of the equation.

The fanbase's rallying cry, "Play Gloria!" began at The Jacks NYB, and as such, McKinley said that idea comes with a price for others making a profit off it.

"The bottom line is they created this brand and supported the St. Louis Blues and their fans on the Stanley Cup run," McKinley said Tuesday.

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Jordan Binnington Agrees To Terms With The St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUISJordan Binnington has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

His arbitration date had been set for July 20 in Toronto.

"I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

"We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

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What To Pay Jordan Binnington?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong must solve his salary-cap puzzle from the goal line out.

His biggest piece, by far, is goaltender Jordan Binnington. As a restricted free agent he will multiply the $650,000 salary he earned last season after finally graduating from the minors. That math will dictate what’s left for others....

Goaltender Matt Murray signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup as a young pro. But he was nowhere near unrestricted free agency then, so he lacked leverage.

Binnington signed his first pro deal when he was 19, and he turns 26 next week. He was no ordinary rookie. John Gibson (Ducks) and Connor Hellebuyck (Jets) each got better than $6 million per season on long-term deals at a similar age. They had a more extensive NHL track record than Binnington, but not nearly his postseason success....

My suggestion: $22 million for four years, a tidy reward for the Cup run that also would grant Binnington unrestricted free agency at age 30. Just trying to help.

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The Cup Goes Home With Craig Berube

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

When the Stanley Cup arrives at the only indoor arena in a hamlet like Calahoo it is a confirmation. A reminder to men like Emile and Roger Berube, the uncle and father to St. Louis Blues head coach Craig, that a lifetime of coaching kids through hockey and fastball had an impact.

There’s not a lot of credit given, or expected, when you are that community coach. Just a lot of Styrofoam cup coffee and sausage-and-eggers after a 7 a.m. practice. Then a kid makes it. And now the Cup marches in, and all the memories come flowing back, like all of those backseat Slurpees on the road home from Onoway or Alexander.

“When you’re playing, when you’re coaching, you’re always thinking if you ever won the Cup, what would you do with your day with the Cup?” said Craig Berube.

He is known throughout the hockey world as ‘Chief,’ the soft-spoken, Indigenous 53-year-old who played over 1,000 NHL games in the toughest role imaginable. A tough guy in the ‘80s and ‘90s National Hockey League, when large, strong men fought often.

“I always dreamt of bringing it back here, and letting people enjoy it, my family and friends,” he said, standing in the Zamboni room of the Calahoo Arena.

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Carl Gunnarsson Staying In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth $3.5 million ($1.75 million per year).

Gunnarsson, who would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will remain with the Blues through the 2020-21 season.

The 32-year-old native of Oreobro, Sweden played in 25 games with the Blues last season, posting three goals and four assists. In Game 2 in Boston, Gunnarsson scored the overtime game-winner against the Bruins to give the Blues their first-ever win in the Stanley Cup Final.

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A Three-Year Deal For Craig Berube In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has signed Head Coach Craig Berube to a three-year contract.

Berube, who was originally named interim head coach on Nov. 19, 2018, led the Blues to the 2019 Stanley Cup Championship and was a finalist for the 2019 Jack Adams Award.

"Craig made an enormous impact on our team when he took over last November," said Armstrong. "He restored our identity and provided our players with a clear sense of direction and purpose. The chemistry and trust that he developed with our players was integral in bringing our franchise the 2019 Stanley Cup."

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Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Final

Just short of 19 minutes to watch.

 

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Video- Slowing Down The Stanley Cup Final

4 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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Video- Party Time In St. Louis

 

added 6:28pm, below, a video recap of Parade Day in St. Louis.

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On The St. Louis Blues

The Blues are a memorable team to St. Louis, but they’re not a particularly noteworthy collection of NHL players. What they are is a group of athletes who fit perfectly at the right time for a relatively short period. Just like Washington did last year. Just like Vegas almost did.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on the Blues.

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