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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

 

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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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The Latest On Alex Pietrangelo’s Contract Status

from Sportsnet,

No defenceman will demand quite as much attention when NHL free agency opens on Oct. 9 as Alex Pietrangelo, the St. Louis Blues captain who has spent his entire career with the franchise and helped lead it to its first-ever Stanley Cup last season.

Pietrangelo’s seven-year contract, that carried a cap hit of $6.5 million per year, is set to expire this off-season and — valuable to St. Louis as he may be — securing him to a new deal has proven challenging.

“There was a discussion today, and I guess the best way to sum it up, we haven’t really made much progress,” Pietrangelo told Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic.“We just think right now, with where things are at, that maybe it’s best for both sides to see what’s going on in free agency, what the team can explore, what I can explore and if there are better fits for each side.

“We’re a little disappointed that we’re in this situation. We weren’t able to hammer out the details what we wanted in a deal. There was some work that we tried to get done that we couldn’t get done, so both sides agreed that maybe it’s in the best interest. We’re two weeks away. Not saying anything can’t change, but as of right now, that’s kind of our plan, and we’ll see where things go.”

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Monteal Acquires Jake Allen

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Jake Allen and a seventh-round pick in 2022 from the St. Louis Blues, in return for a third-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Washington) and a seventh-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Chicago).

Allen, 30, played 24 games with the Blues in 2019-20 and posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, while also earning two shutouts. The Fredericton, NB native also made five playoff appearances with St. Louis in 2020. Allen maintained a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Allen played 289 NHL career games, all with St. Louis. Drafted in 2008 by the Blues (2nd round, 34th overall), the 6'2", 203 lbs netminder has a 148-94-26 record since making his NHL debut. In career, Allen maintained a 2.50 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

The draft picks traded to the Blues had previously been acquired in the transaction sending Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals (2020 3rd round pick - WSH) and in the one sending Andrew Shaw to the Chicago Blackhawks (2020 7th round pick - CHI).


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Members Of The St. Louis Blues Had COVID-19 During The Forced Break

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong revealed on Wednesday that several members of team contracted COVID-19 during the league hiatus earlier this year, which he believes ultimately affected their performance in the Edmonton bubble.

“Of our regular players I think we had like 20 per cent of those guys that had COVID at some point,” Armstrong told reporters on Wednesday during his end-of-season media availability, also stating that those who tested positive experienced some symptoms.

“When they were quarantining, they couldn’t go to the gym, they couldn’t do certain things,” he explained. “It affected each of the players differently. Some lost a considerable amount of weight. They all felt some form of a symptom. It wasn’t that they had it and they didn’t feel anything.”

In early July, during Phase 2 of the NHL’s return to play plan, the Blues were forced to close their training facility for a few days after multiple players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Doug Armstrong On Alex Pietrangelo’s Contract Situation

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Afternoon Line- Craig Berube

"We've been in this situation before and I think we're in a good spot. We've been down before in a series, last year, and we came through. This is what our team is built for.

I told them at the beginning of the series that it's going to be a long series, and this is how we play. This is our game. We wear teams down over time in a series, and we're going to get to a Game 7."

-Craig Berube via Jeremy Rutherford tweets.

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The Vancouver Canucks Are A Win Away From Defeating The St. Louis Blues

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If the Vancouver Canucks go on to win this mesmerizing series and eventually become as good as their young stars promise to be, at least we will know when the new team arrived.

It was Wednesday in the second period of Game 5 against the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who appeared to have seized both the game and the playoff series only to have the precocious Canucks take it back from them.

Getting badly outplayed and outshot and trailing 3-1 — and not more only because Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was sensational — the Canucks surged and scored three times in 6 ½ minutes, and then defended their lead over the final period to win 4-3.

They have a 3-2 series lead during their first playoff adventure since 2015 and on Friday can eliminate the best team in the National Hockey League last season.

But they may have to do so without paramount defenceman Alex Edler, who did not finish Wednesday’s game after suffering a frightening skate cut to the right side of his face late in the second period, one shift after speedy checker Tyler Motte scored the go-ahead goal on the night of his life.

Without Edler and top-four defenceman Tyler Myers, injured in Game 2, the Canucks held the Blues to nine third-period shots and Markstrom saved them all.

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The St. Louis Blues With A Much Needed Win

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The St. Louis Blues didn’t quite have their Stanley Cup lineup Sunday, but they had their championship game.

They were fast, relentless, physical and punished the Vancouver Canucks for their mistakes. The Blues also had a goalie who could match Jacob Markstrom, as St. Louis coach Craig Berube played his ace card and replaced struggling starter Jordan Binnington with Jake Allen.

Brayden Schenn’s breakaway goal at 15:06 of overtime gave the Blues a 3-2 win and a rocket-boost back into their first-round NHL playoff series against the Canucks. Now trailing only 2-1, the Blues are suddenly a more dangerous team. They now remember what winning is like.

After scuffling disinterested through the hub-city round-robin, then losing their first two games against the Canucks, the Blues hadn’t won a hockey game since the NHL shut down for the novel coronavirus in March.

“We knew they were going to come,” Canucks captain Bo Horvat said. “They’re the defending Cup champs for a reason. They know what it takes to win and they definitely weren’t going to shy away from a fight.”

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