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The St. Louis Blues Have Made Changes, Will They Be Better?

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Last week, the Blues bid farewell to Barret Jackman and T.J. Oshie, who had combined for 19 years and 1,315 games with the organization.

On the same day that Jackman became an unrestricted free agent, he signed a two-year, $4 million contract with Nashville. A day later, Oshie was dealt to Washington for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016.

Though both moves were anticipated, the departures of Jackman and Oshie represent radical change on a roster that has remained relatively intact over the course of three previous playoff ousters.

The Blues are expected to have Petteri Lindbohm, who will still be considered a rookie, assume Jackman’s role and Brouwer step into Oshie’s spot. In an under-the-radar move, they also signed free-agent center Kyle Brodziak from Minnesota last week to replace Marcel Goc.

Along with Robert Bortuzzo, who will be a regular after arriving late last year from Pittsburgh, the club will have four new starters constituting one-fifth of the starting lineup for opening night of the 2015-16 season.


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Overrated Oshie?

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I have no problem with the Blues’ decision to trade forward T.J. Oshie to Washington for power forward Troy Brouwer plus a goaltending prospect and a third-round draft pick.

I never really understood Oshie’s elevated status here, and the star treatment that came with it. Not that this was all Oshie’s doing, but he personified the Blues’ celebrity culture, and the attitude of self-entitlement that permeated the locker room at times.

Oshie wasn’t the most disciplined player early in his Blues years. He matured off the ice but never reached his full potential as a player. The overrated Oshie had one 20-goal season here, missed nearly 20 percent of the Blues’ games over his seven seasons, never evolved into a leader, and fell into the shadows with teammates who vanished under extreme postseason pressure.

Though he dismissively plays it off now, Oshie criticized coach Ken Hitchcock late last season. This took some gall; I’ll give Oshie that. No one is saying that it’s easy to play for Hitchcock, but he did coach Dallas to a Stanley Cup and ranks fourth in NHL history for most career victories.

What has Oshie won?


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T.J. Oshie Trade Finally Happens

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I thought something would possibly happen at the draft,” Oshie said. “After a couple of days, I just figured that I’d be staying in St. Louis. I got a call from (Blues general manager Doug) Armstrong today and my initial reaction was a little bit of shock, even though that I knew it was a possibility.”

The Blues’ ongoing search for a deal ended in Washington, where they found a forward in Brouwer, who they believe better fits their style.

Brouwer, 29, is a rugged 6-foot-3, 215-pound winger who has 132 goals and 255 points in 531 games with Chicago and Washington. He tied a career-high in points with the Capitals last season with 43, including 22 assists.

“Troy is a power forward in today’s game ... plays the way the Blues are looking to play moving forward,” Armstrong said. “We’re getting a different style of player. We’re getting a consistent 20-goal scorer. Those are valuable in the league. We’re getting a big body that can play. His minutes are high. It’s a different style of player than T.J. We probably have more players in our group like T.J. and less like Troy. That’s probably the easiest way to explain it.”

Brouwer, like Oshie, voiced some shock over the trade, but said he’s looking forward to his new chapter as well and hopes the Blues will benefit from the move.

“I’m an honest player,” Brouwer said. “I’m a guy that works hard. I’ve got some skill, I can make some plays. I’ve been able to score some goals. But I’m a big-body power forward, I like to play in front of the net, in the corners, play a hard-nosed game, I’ll fight when I need to. I like to (think) I’m a pretty well-rounded player with the ability to score 20-25 — hopefully 30 — goals but still be able to finish my checks and be a very reliable guy.”


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T.J. Oshie Traded To The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”

added 4:58pm, St. Louis release is below...

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Is Kevin Shattenkirk Available?

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In what continues to be the case locally, Blues’ trade talk is overshadowing the scheduled events on the NHL calendar.

Over the weekend, the chatter garnered more attention than the league draft, and on Wednesday, word of the club perhaps being interested in dealing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk consumed the opening day of free agency.

The Blues have been the subject of much trade conjecture over the past couple of months, but for the most part, it’s been confined to a handful of players: T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes to name a few.

Now, the Blues have put Shattenkirk in the mix, at least gauging interest in what the All-Star could bring, according to league sources and media reports that have cited Edmonton, Columbus and Philadelphia as possible partners.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong did not immediately return a message late Wednesday. Jordan Neumann, Shattenkirk’s agent, told the Post-Dispatch that he believed the reports are “not true.”


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Moves By The St. Louis Blues May Be Difficult

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The play of what Armstrong labels the “younger core” of Blues, including Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk, has generated interest around the NHL. The club has also fielded proposals for prospects such as Petteri Lindbohm and Robby Fabbri.

The Blues have been predictably less inclined to deal from that potential and perhaps are more open to moving tried and tested parts. But in an age in which the salary cap and no-trade clauses can dictate deals more than two teams being willing to dance, finalizing such an exchange can be problematic.

Six Blues have some form of a no-trade clause in their contract: Backes, Berglund, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester. Berglund’s partial no-trade kicks in July 1 and Pietrangelo’s starts in two years when he turns 27.

But it’s just not the leverage of some of the Blues that could hold up a trade. Players on the other end can exercise their rights, too, nixing the club’s plans.

“You look at the number of no-trades around the league ... I think when they first came out, they were given out a little more liberally than they are now,” Armstrong said. “It’s a real part of our game.”


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GM Doug Armstrong Won’t Stand Pat

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

Armstrong does not trade willy-nilly, like yesteryear Blues GM Ron Caron. But he doesn't stand pat either. When he sees shortcomings, he addresses them. When opportunities arise to improve his roster, he acts.

Now T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and even David Backes could come into play as a result of this aggression. Armstrong sent clear signals that he is willing to part with some of his most established players.

Moving Oshie makes the most sense. He has been a good player, at times very good. But he has not become great in St. Louis.

He appears to have strong trade value this summer -- due to the dearth of scoring line wingers available in free agency -- so Armstrong ought to give some strong offers for him.

Florida could be a great fit for him. So could Pittsburgh, where Perron toils.

Berglund has been good, at times, but never close to great. So he could exit. He is a size/skill guy who could also have value as a supporting cast forward, especially in the Eastern Conference.


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The Blues Would Like To Make Some Moves

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Utterly disappointed with another playoff failure, change is in the offing within their core roster if there’s a deal that makes sense. Word is the Blues would like to move apples for apples in any deal, which is a very difficult thing to do in the cap system, particularly in a summer when so many teams are looking to shed salary, not add any.

But if there’s a deal out there that makes sense, word from rival executives is that the Blues are more open-minded than ever to move one of their long-standing core guys, whether that’s David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund or other veterans.

read on

Some of this trade talk may be just a wake-up call for some of the players.

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Barrett Jackman May Be A Fit For The Chicago Blackhawks

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch held an online chat today...

Do you think that the Blackhawks and Joel Quennville will have any interest in signing Barrett Jackman? It seemed that the hawks did have some concerns about their defense.

Honestly, I think Jackman makes a ton of sense in Chicago. He's exactly what they need, a veteran guy who's willing to play in the third pair and not cost a ton of money. His relationships with Quenneville and Kitchen would make this move even more obvious. I know Chicago has cap issues going into next season and maybe they can't pay $3 million for a third-pair guy, but if they can figure that out, it makes a lot of sense and I would almost be surprised if it doesn't happen. For the record, I asked Jackman about this and he said it would be VERY hard to put that jersey on.

many more Blues related questions and answers...

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Vladimir Tarasenko Will Be Well Paid

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Time remains to reach an agreement, but with Tarasenko eligible to receive outside offer sheets beginning July 1, and with Armstrong’s vow that the contract be completed before the club follows up on any other plans, a resolution is of the essence.

Not so, says Armstrong.

“(Tarasenko) knows he’s going to be here, we know he’s going to be here,” Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch. “When it happens, it happens.”

Tarasenko, 23, will be wrapping up his entry-level contract at the end of this month, making him an RFA. In three years, he produced 66 goals and 135 points in 179 regular-season games, while posting 10 goals and 11 points in 13 playoff games.

A campaign of 37 goals and 73 points in the 2014-15 regular season placed Tarasenko in the top 10 in the NHL in both categories. He followed that up with six goals and seven points in the team’s first-round playoff series loss to Minnesota.

They are numbers that could take the right winger from his entry-level base salary of $900,000 (excluding bonuses) to among the team’s top-paid players next season — in the neighborhood of center Paul Stastny ($7 million) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million).

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