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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,
The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury."
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week."
"We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nicely so we're hoping for the former but we don't want to say it's five or six days and then it's 14 so we'll leave it at that.
"If it was a skater, this would be moment to moment, but he's a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you're a butterfly goalie. We're not taking any risks here. We want him at 100 (percent) and Jake (Allen) can cover the load for a little while here."
Below, watch how Elliott was injured....
“It kind of gave me a sick feeling in my stomach to think that it’s my hometown. I’ve been here for nine years. It’s not just the local news. It’s national news, it’s probably international news. To know what a great place St.Louis is, and to raise a family here and to now have these scars and stereotypes, or whatever it may be, about it being a city of unrest and not safe. We’ve got a lot of healing to do, locally in Ferguson, with all the relationships, and patching them back together to (enhance) our reputation of what a great city this can be, and is, at its heart.”
-David Backes of the St. Louis Blues on the ongoing situation in Feguson, MO. More on this topic from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Edmonton Oilers are indeed sniffing around St. Louis Blues centre Patrik Berglund, who is currently playing left wing on that stacked team because the team has Paul Stastny, David Backes and Jori Lehtera firmly planted at centre, the Blues conceivably are asking about Jordan Eberle in a package.
Nobody’s saying it would ever be a one-for-one arrangement because Eberle has more currency around the league as an offensive weapon (76- and 65-point NHL seasons on his resume) than the six-foot-three, 217-pound Berglund and he makes considerably more money than the Swede for longer term, but Eberle could take Berglund’s spot as a winger in St. Louis.
There is some history with Eberle and Blues’ management, of course. St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock had the Oilers’ winger at the Canadian Olympic team summer orientation session in Calgary before the 2014 Sochi Games, and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was also part of the Canadian Olympic management group.
Plus, the Blues and the Oilers have been trading partners before. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish traded forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round draft to St. Louis in the summer of 2013 for winger David Perron.
Tonight Sportsnet showed this segment during their pre-game and although it was probably recorded earlier this week it is still worth the watch especially if you are a Blues or Wings fan.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Red Wings GM Ken Holland sit down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about the craft of being a general manager.
frtom Scott Burnside of ESPN,
An important night for the St. Louis Blues Thursday on a number of levels. First, beating the Nashville Predators 4-3 vaulted the Blues past the surprising Preds into first place in the Central Division.
Perhaps more important, though, was the fact the game featured the return of T.J. Oshie, who had missed seven games with a concussion, and Oshie scored his first goal of the season early in the first period.
The game marked the first time this season Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had a full range of players at his disposal, with Oshie back and offseason free-agent signee Paul Stastny back in the swing of things after missing much of the first month of the season with injury. Stastny scored his second goal of the season late in regulation to send the Blues to their 9th win in 10 games. Backup (or 1B netminder if you prefer) Jake Allen was terrific for a Blues team that might now be as good a team as there is in the league.
read on for Custance on Avs/Rangers, LeBrun on Bruins/Habs and Strang on Kings/Stars....
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Not long ago Vladimir Tarasenko was a boy in Novosibirsk, living with his grandfather while his father played hockey in another city in the Russian Superleague. His grandfather had a friend at an outdoor rink. They would take the bus 10 or 15 minutes, five stops, to take advantage of an open dressing room and endless ice.
They would skate for three or four hours in the subzero Siberian night – minus-20, minus-30, sometimes even minus-40 degrees Celsius. Yes, the temperature could plunge that low. They could skate, Tarasenko said, “forever.”
Now Tarasenko is a 22-year-old winger starring for the St. Louis Blues, ranking among the NHL leaders with nine goals and 19 points in 15 games. He has a wicked shot, deft passing touch, keen hockey sense, strong drive and humble attitude. He is a case study of nature and nurture, DNA and development, talent and commitment.
The Situation Room in Toronto has no control of plays like this since the referee ruled incidental contact of the goalie.
Agree or disagree, the final say on a play like this should be made by the Situation Room where they have access to replays like this.
If the NHL wants to get as many calls right as possible, things have to change. We are seeing these types of calls on a nightly basis.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Earlier [Monday] when you were talking to the media here you said to be good on special teams you want the percentages on the power play and penalty kill to add up to 105. Why 105? And why has the Blues penalty kill this season been problematic?
"The old number used to 100, but 100 doesn't get you in the top-10 now in the League, especially because the PK numbers are so high. To me 105 is a goal, that if your number reaches there you're winning that game within the game. So that's the goal every 10 games to get to that 105 number. That means special teams are helping you, not hurting you. When the 5-on-5 play is even, either your PK is helping you win the game or your power play is helping you win it. When you get close to that number, you're going to win the special teams game in most games...
read on and four more questions for Hitchcock too...
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