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Afternoon Line- Alex Pietrangelo

"Goosebumps. It's pretty cool. I mean, it was cool to have around, but when you have an opportunity to see your name on it, it's pretty damn cool."

--Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues after seeing a picture with his name on the Cup.  More player reaction at the Blues' website.

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Robert Thomas Is The Future For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

His name is Robert Thomas.

He is the future, earmarked to be the best player on the Blues in, say, 2023. Even though, really, the future was part of the past – he was a key player on last season’s Stanley Cup run. But the future is also the present, and the future is wow.

Robert Thomas is no longer a rookie or a teenager or, if this was ever said in any sort of negative tone, just a third-liner. Robert Thomas is the Blues player who will take the biggest strides in this coming season.

I’ve been pretty lucky my whole career to see some really good young players,” said veteran Tyler Bozak, who centered Thomas’ line last postseason. “In Toronto with (Auston) Matthews and (Mitch) Marner and with Thommer here. It’s fun to see how good these kids are at such a young age.

“And even watching him skate out here now, he even looks like he took another step.”

The Blues returned to practice this weekend, and there was No. 18, no longer 19. Thomas turned 20 in July, though he shared Saturday that guys in the locker room still call him “kid.” Though in hockey terms, he is a kid, considering he might again be the youngest player on St. Louis and because he cannot drink. Well, we know he physically can drink – he famously paraded around the parade with a celebratory beverage brewed locally.

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All Craig Berube

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Repeating as Stanley Cup champions has been done twice in the past 20 years. Have you thought about what it will take and the message you need to send to your team?

"For sure, I think we started that in the summertime. We were in contact with our players and things like that. They look prepared. I have seen most of them in St. Louis and they look good and they look fresh and pretty dialed in. Bottom line is you have to be mentally tough. You have to get in there and it is going to be hard. This is a good League. Just to make the playoffs is a challenge. It's very important that our guys are focused and ready to go at camp to put the work in. That's our job as coaches to make sure that happens."

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The St. Louis Blues Will Look Very Similar To Last Year’s Team

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

With training camp just around the corner, the gang’s all here for the Blues — or at least the gang’s all under contract. That became so Sunday night when the team announced that forward Ivan Barbashev had agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $1.475 million per year.

With Barbashev in the fold, that means 22 of the 23 Blues who appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the team this past season will be under contract for the 2019-20 campaign. And for a Stanley Cup championship team in the NHL’s salary cap era that’s unheard of.

The only defection was Oakville High’s Pat Maroon, who signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.

“We are pleased to have Ivan signed prior to our camp,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch on Sunday evening. “This signing will allow the team to have a singular focus on preparing for the season.”

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Bob Plager Takes The Cup To Brother Barclay’s Grave

from Chris Pinkert of the St. Louis Blues' website,

At Bellerive Gardens Cemetery, a blue and gold flag bearing the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Champions logo flapped gently in the wind and marked the spot where Barclay Plager is buried.

Melissa Plager, daughter of Blues legend Bob Plager, placed the flag there back in June to let her uncle know that the Blues - the team both Bob and Barclay cherished so much and always represented with such pride - had finally done it.

On Sunday evening, Bob returned to visit his brother for the first time in awhile. And this time, he brought the Stanley Cup.

"I thought about him a lot," Bob said of Barclay following the Blues' Game 7 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. "Barc and Jimmy Roberts and Al Arbour, the Solomons, there are so many Blues up there enjoying this. If you think we're going to party down here, they're partying up there, too."

You won't find many people the Blues' Stanley Cup title has more meaning to than the Plagers.

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Your 2020 All-Star Logo

NEW YORK (Aug. 26, 2019) – The National Hockey League and St. Louis Blues today unveiled the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star logo as the Blues and the city of St. Louis prepare to host the NHL’s top talent during the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at Enterprise Center in January.

 

 

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Video- Season Preview For The St. Louis Blues

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

The St. Louis Blues hope a nearly identical roster will help them repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Coming off the first title in their 51-season history, the Blues didn't look outside the organization for free agents to bolster their roster, instead retaining their own restricted and unrestricted free agents.

Forwards Sammy Blais (July 1) and Robby Fabbri (July 12) each agreed to a one-year contract; forward Oskar Sundqvist (July 21) agreed to a four-year contract; and goalie Jordan Binnington agreed to a two-year contract (July 13). Defenseman Joel Edmundson was awarded a one-year, $3.1 million contract by an independent arbitrator on Aug. 6, and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1, agreed to a two-year contract June 27.

"From a chemistry standpoint it does help for sure," said coach Craig Berube, who signed a three-year contract June 25. "I guess you don't want complacency to set in; I guess that could be a concern with pretty much the same roster coming back."

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Watch the season preview on the Blues below.

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Alex Pietrangelo Makes A Special Delivery

from Pat Pickens of NHL.com,

Alex Pietrangelo delivered the perfect surprise for some St. Louis Blues fans Saturday.

The Blues captain shared the Stanley Cup with the Blues Special Hockey team, a group of developmentally disabled supporters, as part of his day with the trophy.

Blues Special Hockey exists to give people with developmental disabilities the chance to play hockey and further enrich their athletic development. The group went wild for Pietrangelo when he entered the room with the trophy to each person's surprise.

Aside from meeting Pietrangelo and seeing the Cup, each team member also got his/her picture with him and the trophy. They also took a group shot with the Cup.

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Joel Edmundson Will Make $3.1M Next Season

(Aug. 6, 2019) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Joel Edmundson has been awarded a one-year contract worth $3.1 million at arbitration.

“We are happy to have Joel under contract for next season,” said Armstrong.  “He is an important part of our defensive unit and we are looking forward to another successful year.”

Edmundson, 26, appeared in 64 regular-season games with the Blues last season, recording 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and 68 penalty minutes.  The 6’4, 215-pound defenseman also posted seven points (one goal, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 22 postseason games, helping the Blues capture the 2019 Stanley Cup.

A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Edmundson was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  In four NHL seasons, he has totaled 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) and 248 penalty minutes in 269 regular-season games.

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Should The ‘D’ Word Come Up When Talking The St. Louis Blues?

from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

... Here’s a word to consider: Dynasty.

The label is thrown around carelessly in sports, often applied where it doesn’t belong. And maybe it’s reckless to suggest it in this context. But part of me wonders if the Blues could become eligible.

Winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships is a first cousin of impossible. Consecutive championships claimed by Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017 remain the only example of a repeat since the arrival of the league’s salary cap. Those Penguins were the first to successfully defend their title since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings. (For context, Robert Thomas wasn’t alive to see Detroit’s repeat.)

It’s challenging, and that’s an understatement. But the Blues should have a legitimate shot.

They have their coach in Craig Berube. They have their goalie in Jordan Binnington. They have a roster crammed with players who know what it takes to win at the highest level. That might be the biggest collective strength of this team now. It understands what can only be taught by experience. And at least for now, all members are expected to be healthy for camp. Just don’t be surprised if veterans are eased into action.

“We publicly stated (last offseason) we thought we were entering a new five-year window,” Armstrong said.

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