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Early Morning Line- Bob Boughner

The San Jose Sharks scored 6 unanswered goals, including 4 in the 3rd period to be the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. 

Game highlights are below.

 

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Doug Armstrong On Injuries And The Trade Deadline

from Lou Korac of In The Slot,

"I've been around the game for a while, this is the largest number of injuries we've had for the extent of time that they're going to be out," Armstrong said Monday before the Blues played the second of a six-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks.

Eight of them -- yes, eight! -- are currently shelved with some form of ailment, including defenseman Colton Parayko and forwards Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak, who Armstrong described as out indefinitely, meaning they could return soon, or not for a while.

They join Robert Thomas, who broke his left thumb Feb. 6 against Arizona and will be reevaluated in four weeks, which is roughly two more than originally thought; Ivan Barbashev, who sustained a hairline fracture in his left ankle Feb. 18, will be re-evauated in six weeks, and Jacob de la Rose, who left Saturday's 7-6 marathon win over San Jose with a lower-body injury, will go on injured reserve and be reevaluated in three weeks....

The Blues are going to have players out for the longer term, and with the trade deadline roughly five weeks away, do they look to the outside, or could they even try?

"Well, no, the cap is not really that big an ... it's an issue obviously," Armstrong said. "I obviously don't want to minimize it, but we certainly have enough space now with the guys that we have on LTI, even when Vladi comes back. When Bozie comes back, we'll have enough space. Gunny's going to be on there the rest of the year. With Gunny being on the rest of the year (and) on our opening day roster, we'd be at 23 players anyways. Obviously 4-6 weeks for Barbashev and Thomas, you never know, there might be somebody ... hopefully there's nobody else on that list at that time, so the cap is a work in progress, but it's something that we just have to work around, maintain and let me put it this way, I hope we have cap issues."

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Video- Jordan Binnington Gets Pulled, Then Gets Mad

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Blues goalie Jordan Binnington attempts to take on multiple San Jose Sharks players after being pulled from the contest.

 

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The St. Louis Blues Plan To Re-sign Jordan Binnington

from TSN,

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington is currently playing out the final season of a two-year, $8.8 million contract signed after he backstopped the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup in 2019. 

The 27-year-old is off to another strong start this season, with a 7-3-2 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average. He's started 12 games, compared to just four for backup Ville Husso, and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told The Athletic the intention is to sign Binnington to an extension.

“Yeah, we try and keep (contract negotiations) behind closed doors,” Armstrong said. “But you know, we drafted him, and he took the long road to get here, but since he’s been here, we’ve had success, and obviously we’re hoping to find a way to keep him here.

“If you look at this age and you look at what he’s accomplished, you know most teams have a No. 1 guy, and we have a No. 1 guy. Certainly, if he’s not here, we’re going to have to go find another partner for Husso. So, our goal is to keep him here, obviously.”

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Morning Line- Ryan O’Reilly

"We embarrassed ourselves tonight. That was very disappointing. The thing is, we came into the game and you could tell we didn't have the detail in it. The little things steamrolled into big things. It was everyone. I thought 'Binner' played outstanding the time he was in the net. He made some huge saves, but once they got that first one, we just tightened right up. We lost the details and it just steamrolled from there.

"We're embarrassed. That was not what we do. We stick with it and we compete to the end and we didn't. It's my fault, it's some other guys too. We have to find a way to get something out of it. It's very disappointing."

-Ryan O'Reilly, captain of the St. Lous Blues after an 8-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.  Lou Korac of Inside The Slot has more reaction and watch the game highlights below.

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Video- Our First Player Safety Hearing Of The Season

Watch it below.

added 8:22pm, Two games for illegal check, video explanation is below.

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Alexander Steen Retiring Due To Back Issues

 

A quick video recap by the Blues on Steen is below.

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Jim Montgomery Is Ready For A New Challenge

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

This COVID-19 calendar year — a year many of us want to forget — has been life-changing for Jim Montgomery.

The former University of Denver hockey coach has identified the silver lining of his very public alcohol-induced dismissal as head coach of the Dallas Stars last December, and he embraces it. It’s almost like he’s thankful it happened — because if it didn’t, he wouldn’t be a liberated and healthy family man and assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues.

“I always used to say in Denver when players were suspended, ‘They didn’t do the right thing.’ Well, I didn’t do the right thing and sometimes it takes an unbelievable breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough,” Montgomery said in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “Right now I’m a much better person and I think I’m going to be a much better coach because of everything that’s happened.”

Montgomery, 51, says he is now 10 months sober and has a much better understanding of who he is and how he must conduct his life.

“I learned that alcohol is no longer a viable option for me, because it had become a problem,” he said. “Once you realize that and you understand the disease, moving forward doesn’t become easy but you start to understand the coping mechanisms you need and it becomes incredibly liberating.”

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Appears Torey Krug Headed To St. Louis

 

added 8:32pm, Blues mini-release below.

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Blues Could File Tampering Charges

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There has been so much talk about St. Louis right defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the premier free agent on the market, fleeing to Vegas when the market opens on Friday that I am hearing substantial talk the Blues might be prepared to file tampering charges if that’s the way it shakes out.

Yes, there is the usual overheated speculation about Group II offer sheets and the flat cap and COVID-related economic issues might make teams more susceptible this time around.

But under a flat cap, contributions from entry-level players become not only more important, but essential for success. So which team is sacrificing multiple first-rounders to get a player that would have to be massively overpaid in order to discourage a match?

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