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The Gassoffs’

A must read, again pointing to Abel to Yzerman. Then, to find out more on the senior Gassoff, check out Legends of Hockey.

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St. Louis Blues Sign #1 Pick Erik Johnson

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The St. Louis Blues have signed No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson to a contract and the University of Minnesota freshman will begin his pro career in the fall.
In the meantime, he has been invited to join Team USA at the World Championship in Moscow.

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Blues Looking For Quick Turnaround

from Jeff Gordon at STLToday,

By finishing the season quite well despite swapping out younger players for established NHLers like Tkachuk and Bill Guerin, the Murray-led Blues are proving that this team can simultaneously rebuild and contend for a playoff berth during the coming seasons.
With all these pieces in place -– ownership with vision, upper managers with a plan, coaches capable of executing that plan -– this organization should enjoy a fairly quick turnaround.

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J.D. Doing Everything He Can To Turn Blues Around

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Right now, it’s about turning a cow pie into an apple pie, and Davidson will do everything he can to make it happen. Davidson’s face and voice can be heard frequently on commercials, and it appears to be making an impression.
Although the Blues are still drawing light crowds to Scottrade Center, they have sold 400 new season-ticket packages since
announcing lower ticket prices for next season. And while it’s the price that drew them in, fans say it’s Davidson that has them feeling good about what they’re buying.

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Nieminen’s Charge Goes Unpunished

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Blues forward Ville Nieminen will not be suspended for his hit on Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory. Lebda left the game on a stretcher in the first period, and Nieminen received a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.

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Lebda Taken Off On Stretcher

Ville Nieminen hit Brett Lebda into the boards, driving his head into the glass.  Lebda was bleeding, taken off on a stretcher.
I thought I saw some movement in his legs and arms…
Nieminen got five and a game.

update 2:46pm, Concussion for Lebda, alert and awake, going to the hospital.

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Bryan Murray Mad Again

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Bryan Murray is steamed at St. Louis Blues president John Davidson.
“I’m really disappointed that a comment was made about me ‘telling the truth.’ First of all, I haven’t seen the goal that everybody is talking about and I don’t think it’s my job ... I don’t referee the games and I don’t make the calls,” said Murray.
“(Davidson) had a video coach, a video goal judge in his own building and I didn’t see the replay up above.
“For him to even imply that I have to agree with anything other than the referee ... if I second-guess the referee and his integrity, then I am reprimanded by the NHL….”

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Walkom Explains

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Welcome to Stephen Walkom’s nightmare.
The NHL’s director of officials was forced into damage control yesterday in the wake of a comedy of officiating errors that handed the Ottawa Senators a 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday….
First, Walkom tried to answer for the league’s video-review process, a system in which the referees, video technicians in the arenas and NHL officials at a “war room” in Toronto are supposed to work together to ensure that every controversial goal or save is reviewed thoroughly before the puck is dropped to resume play.

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added 6:56am, from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

At some point, referees have to be made accountable. The NHL has banished officials before, and no one is crying about not having Paul Stewart in stripes.
If there aren’t enough topnotch officials for the NHL, then maybe it’s time to chuck the two-referee system. Let one guy, two linesmen and video do the job. If there are enough good officials, it’s time to weed out the bad ones. And NHL supervisors in Toronto have to be accountable if they are going to review every goal or potential goal.
It’s time for officiating chief Stephen Walkom and other NHL brass to take a look at Mr. McGeough.
And maybe it’s time for Mr. McGeough, whose future is in horses, to smell what he’s shoveling.

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Two Controversial Calls

from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

The Blues are working hard to the end. They are busting their tails night after night. They are establishing team pride and integrity during the final weeks of the season.
So it is only fair that they expect the NHL officials to maintain their integrity while working their games -– and to not hand victories to the other side, as they did Tuesday night.
This team has been on the wrong side of poor calls and inexplicable non-calls in recent games, culminating with the fiasco against Ottawa at the Scottrade Center.
NHL referees Mick “Mister” McGeough and Dennis LaRue refused to acknowledge one obvious goal, then waved off a second obvious goal. The first goal would have given the Blues a 3-2 lead and the second would have tied the game 3-3.

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