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Larry Robinson Is Now A Senior Consultant To Hockey Operations For The St. Louis Blues

(Sept. 21, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named hall of famer and nine-time Stanley Cup champion Larry Robinson Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations.  Armstrong will be available to the media following Blues practice today at Scottrade Center, while Robinson will be available during the first intermission when the Blues host the Dallas Stars on Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Scottrade Center.

Robinson is a highly experienced and accomplished former NHL defenseman, coach, and executive.  During his illustrious career in hockey, he has won nine Stanley Cups and participated in 13 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Injury News From The St. Louis Blues

(Sept. 19, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp.  He is expected to miss five to six months.  In addition, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks after suffering a left ankle fracture.

Sanford, 22, joined the Blues via trade from Washington on Feb. 27, last season.  The 6’4, 203-pound forward went on to make 13 regular season appearances for the Blues, posting five points (two goals, three assists).  The Salem, Massachusetts, native also dressed in four 2017 postseason games.

Bouwmeester, 33, is entering his sixth season with the Blues.  In 2016-17, the 6’4, 212-pound defenseman logged 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 81 regular season games.  The Edmonton, Alberta, native also played in 11 2017 postseason games, serving four penalty minutes.

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Coach Steve Ott

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Midway through a pugnacious and loquacious playing career that ended five months ago, Steve Ott found a fresh notepad in his home office and began jotting down ideas. Some of the roughly 100 pages filled with tactical lingo, practice drills and set plays and systematic concepts that Ott found particularly effective. Others contained motivational tactics and teaching moments that resonated. He never knew exactly when those notes might come in handy, only certain that one day they would. “Man,” Ott kept telling himself, “I can’t wait to coach in this league.”

That moment finally arrived late this May, when Ott formally retired and took a job as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, one of his five former teams. At first, the rugged forward planned to squeeze one final year from a body that over 15 seasons had undergone 15 surgeries (16 if you include the ruptured appendix, which he does not). But that was before several Canadian junior executives called, wondering what Ott’s future held. And before St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong did the same. Soon, the 35-year-old found himself sporting a crisp suit at Blues headquarters—“You always class it up”—for the first job interview of his adult life.

Such a move, while abrupt, actually isn’t altogether uncommon. Among the NHL’s 31 staffs, 12 coaches have hopped straight from the ice to the bench, wielding sticks one season and whistles the next.

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The St. Louis Blues Announce An Affiliation With The Tulsa Oilers

(Aug. 8, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the East Coast Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers for the 2017-18 season.

“First of all, and most importantly, the entire St. Louis Blues organization would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the tornado that went through the Tulsa area on Sunday,” said Armstrong. “We are thankful there were no fatalities and hope for a quick rebuild.  We are proud to extend our footprint to Tulsa and partner with the Oilers for the 2017-18 season. The Oilers are a strong organization from top to bottom and will provide a great opportunity for our young prospects to continue to develop their game.”

“It is truly an honor for us to affiliate with such a class organization like the St. Louis Blues,” said Oilers General Manager Taylor Hall. “Our fan base will be thrilled as we have many Blues fans here in Tulsa.”

The Oilers will begin their fourth ECHL season in 2017-18.  The club is coached by Rob Murray, who previously spent six seasons as the head coach of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.  The Aces were affiliated with the Blues for three of Murray’s six seasons in Alaska. 

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A Five-Year Deal For Colton Parayko And The St. Louis Blues

Aribtration day was today.

 

 

 

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What To Pay Colton Parayko

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

Parayko’s camp realistically can demand $6 million to $7 million per year on a long-term deal. He could settle for a short-term deal through arbitration, but Armstrong risks paying higher salaries whenever Parayko finally signs for the long haul. Where is Parayko’s ceiling? It is far north of Shayne Gostisbehere, a power-play specialist who signed a six-year, $27 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is closer to the vicinity of Shea Weber, who is in the middle of a crazy 14-year, $110 million contract signed under an earlier NHL collective bargaining agreement. The marketplace is more rational in the current CBA but, like we said, Parayko is going to get paid.

All of this activity provides great motivation for the young Blues defenseman. Walman is the most interesting of the bunch, possessing some of the qualities that made Shattenkirk so valuable.

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Patrik Berglund Out Until December After Shoulder Surgery

(June 28, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues center Patrik Berglund has undergone successful surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  

Berglund suffered the injury while performing his offseason conditioning program in Sweden.  He is expected to be sidelined until December.  The surgery was performed by Blues Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Rick Wright, Dr. Matt Matava, and Dr. Matthew Smith yesterday at the Washington University Orthopedic Center. 

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St. Louis Trades Ryan Reaves To Pittsburgh

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Blues Trade Jori Lehtera And A Pick To Flyers For Brayden Schenn

 

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Vladimir Tarasenko’s Journey

from Vladimir Tarasenko at The Players' Tribune,

I want to tell you story. But I will get something off my chest first.

I get upset when I can’t score. I want to score … I am supposed to score. This, for me, is my job. In playoffs, I didn’t score enough. I am sorry to St. Louis. I feel like I didn’t do as much as I should. I know we had World Cup in September, new coach, players injured — but are there excuses?

No. Excuses … it’s for loser. And I am not loser. I am winner.

I want us to win more than ever. I will get back to this. But now, story.

It’s about my first game of hockey. Not with St. Louis Blues — my first game of hockey ever.

In the story, it’s 1999. I am seven. We have this tournament, back home in Russia, during school breaks — fall, winter and spring. First one I play in is fall. I am ready.

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