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ST. LOUIS - The Blues have agreed to terms on a new five-year, $19.25 million contract extension with center Patrik Berglund.
Berglund's previous three-year deal was set to expire at the end of the season. If left unsigned, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Berglund has played in 60 games this season and ranks second on the team in goals (17) and is third in game-winning goals (3). He has netted 16 of those goals in his last 30 games.
Berglund has been with the Blues since being drafted by the club in the first round (No. 25 overall) in 2006. The Vasteras, Sweden-native is one of just 16 players to appear in at least nine seasons with the Blues. He has accumulated 286 points, including 145 goals and 141 assists, in 615 regular season games. Berglund has also posted 10 goals and 12 assists in 49 career playoff appearances.
As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.
Below is a video of the goal....
(Feb. 5, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Robby Fabbri (FAB-ree) is out for the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL injury to his left knee last night against Pittsburgh. Fabbri is expected to be ready for 2017 training camp. In addition, the club has recalled forwards Kenny Agostino (a-goh-STEE-noh) and Magnus Paajarvi (pay-YAR-vee) from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Fabbri, 21, has dressed in 51 games for the Blues this season, posting 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) and 27 penalty minutes. Overall, the 5'10, 195-pound forward has accumulated 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 123 career NHL regular season games.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Claude Julien spent every game of the 2014 Winter Games with Ken Hitchcock’s voice screeching in his ear. Accommodating such a racket may not sound like a pleasant way to experience an athletic pinnacle.
Julien welcomed the cacophony.
During the Olympics, Hitchcock served as Team Canada’s eye in the sky. As he watched, Hitchcock relayed his observations to Julien, who wore the earpiece. In turn, Julien relayed what Hitchcock spotted to head coach Mike Babcock.
“I heard a lot from him and learned a lot from him,” Julien recalled with a smile. “He sees everything. He doesn’t miss a thing out there. He sees every little thing that goes on. He’s got an unbelievable eye for the game.”
On Wednesday, such memories helped Julien get over the glum news that one of his acquaintances had been told to hit the bricks.
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Thomas Vanek will be one of the jewels on the rental market. Based on last year’s prices, however, it’s doubtful Detroit will be able to command a first-rounder in return. Even if the return is a second-round pick, GM Ken Holland should sprint toward making the deal.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
I reported on Insider Trading Thursday that there are a number of teams with interest in Kevin Shattenkirk. These clubs believe he can help as a rental, but they’re also suffering from sticker shock, with the rumoured open-market number for the pending unrestricted free agent floating around $7 million per on a seven or eight-year term.
I seemed to rankle a few on social media by acknowledging Shattenkirk is viewed by some with interest as a power-play specialist who isn't great at 5-on-5. On a contending team, he's seen as a second- pairing defenceman at best.
To be clear, this isn't my assessment of Shattenkirk's play. It’s the opinion of coaches and general managers who know his game, have an appreciation for his talent and have interest in what he might bring to their club. They also have reservations based on his perceived limitations and, obviously, the St Louis Blues’ asking price....
Sources say the asking price for Shattenkirk last summer was a young roster player and a first-round pick – a price too lofty for teams to pay for a player entering the final year of his contract. If a team steps up in the days ahead with interest in a trade and extension, St. Louis might attract a decent package. Based on the multiple teams I talked to who have interest, the term and top-end dollar will be a problem.
more plus the Canadiens are all in...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
It just wasn’t supposed to play out like this – not with Hitchcock two wins shy of passing Al Arbour for third-most in NHL history, not without one more shot at a Stanley Cup that has eluded the NHL’s best regular-season team over the last handful of years.
The Blues fired Hitchcock on Wednesday morning following their fifth loss in six games.
Perhaps, it should not have come as a surprise, considering Mike Yeo was hired last summer with the announced and unusual coach-in-waiting title, officially putting a timer on Hitchcock’s tenure in St. Louis.
A coaching change was one of the few cards left for general manager Doug Armstrong to play in an attempt to jolt a Blues team that is hanging in the playoff race by the skin of their teeth.
Armstrong, who choked back tears at a Wednesday press conference, will enter the final year of his contract next June.
“Ken is paying the price for all of our failures, starting with mine,” Armstrong told reporters. “It starts with me as a manager, filters down. I think we’ve let our group become independent contractors. We have to become a team again.
“Whatever mess is here, it’s on me.”
(Feb. 1, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have relieved Ken Hitchcock of his coaching duties. Associate Coach Mike Yeo (YOH), who was hired this past offseason as the incumbent to Hitchcock, will begin his tenure as head coach when the Blues host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Armstrong and Yeo will hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Mills. Following the press conference, the Blues will hold practice at 11:45 a.m.
Yeo, 43, is currently in his first season with the Blues after spending the majority of the last five campaigns as head coach of the Minnesota Wild. Yeo led the Wild to a 173-132-44 record during his tenure, including a 46-28-8 mark in 2014-15 which served as the second best record in Wild franchise history. The North Bay, Ontario, native also guided the Wild to three postseason appearances including back-to-back trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015. Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Yeo spent one season as head coach of the American Hockey League's (AHL) Houston Aeros, where he led the club to the 2011 Calder Cup Final. Yeo also spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he captured the 2009 Stanley Cup. His first six seasons in the Penguins organization were spent as an assistant with their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Hitchcock joined the Blues on Nov. 8, 2011. Over the past six seasons, he led the Blues to a 248-124-41 regular season record. Hitchcock ranks second on the Blues' all-time regular season wins list and fourth in NHL history overall with 781 career regular season wins.
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