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Erik Johnson Gets The Message From Murray

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Andy Murray had a meeting with Johnson on Friday at the Blues’ developmental camp. Murray wants to make sure Johnson realizes the in-house expectations for the University of Minnesota’s early defector are the same as they are for all the newcomers in camp, nothing more and nothing less.
“What I wanted to make him aware of ... I saw it in a newspaper where he was asked if he felt he would be on the power play in St. Louis, and this and that,” Murray explained. “And he said, ‘I have to make sure first of all that I’m good in practice. I know coach Murray is a guy that wants commitment and work ethic. I’ve got to go in there first and show them I belong on the team.’
“I brought him in and talked about that and thanked him for the position he’s taken, because, and I told him, ‘You’ve been around here the last week and I guess you’ve come to understand that’s exactly the way I’m going to treat you.’”

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Quick Decision

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Riksman said Monday that he had just one day to opt out of his contract in Europe and notify the Blues he would sign a deal with them and try out for the club in training camp.
“Jarmo Kekalainen sent me a text message, asking if I’m hungry to play in North America,” Riksman said. “I said, ‘Of course I want to take the chance.’”
The signing went a little under the radar because at the time it wasn’t clear what the plans were for the 30-year-old Riksman, whose pro career has bounced around from Sweden to Italy to Finland. But with the Blues deciding not to offer Curtis Sanford a contract — he has since signed with Vancouver — it appears that Riksman will challenge Jason Bacashihua for the Blues’ backup goalie job in September.

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Bringing the Buzz Back to St. Louis

From the AP via NHL.com,

Signing Paul Kariya to a three-year, $18 million free agent contract was a bit of a budget-busting move for the rebuilding St. Louis Blues.
But that doesn’t mean the franchise’s next move will be balancing the ledger with the payroll now at about $44 million, or about $4 million higher than new ownership had projected. Team president John Davidson said Tuesday no corresponding transactions are planned, and added the franchise isn’t out of the dwindling free agent market yet.

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Paul Kariya to St. Louis Blues

From St.Louis Blues.com,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has signed left wing Paul Kariya.
“We are excited to announce we have signed a world class hockey player as well as a first class person,” said Davidson. “Paul gives us instant scoring up front as well as bringing an entertaining brand of hockey to the St. Louis Blues.”

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Update 11:55pm ET:
TSN reports it’s a 3-year deal. More details to come soon.

Update 1:09am ET:
Pointed out by a KK reader (thanks!) the previous TSN link has been updated to note Kariya’s new salary: 3 years for $18 million.

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Blues Re-Sign Jackman

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Barret Jackman to a one-year contract. 
“Barret has been solid on the blueline for the Blues since breaking in with the club in his first full season in 2002-03,” said Davidson.  “He’s an excellent assistant captain and we look for him to play a vital role in helping lead our team next season.”

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Blues Sign Tkachuk

via the St. Louis Blues,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has signed center Keith Tkachuk.
“We are excited to be able to bring a player of Keith’s caliber back to the St. Louis Blues,” said Davidson. “Keith played great hockey under Head Coach Andy Murray last season and we are thrilled to have him wearing the Bluenote again.”

 

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Blues Offer Contract to Keith Tkachuk

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have offered veteran center Keith Tkachuk a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per season, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
The club will now wait for a decision from Tkachuk, who spent six seasons with the Blues prior to being traded to Atlanta last February.
On Tuesday, the Blues made a deal with the Thrashers to acquire Tkachuk’s rights. The club has the power to negotiate exclusively with the 35-year-old unrestricted agent until Sunday, when the NHL free-agency period opens.

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UFAs That Could Fit The Blues Mold

from Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today,

In this corner of cyberspace, we believed Scott Gomez would be the ideal addition to the Note. But his free-agent value is pushing $8 million per season this summer and he will hear from several Cup contenders.
Gomez appears to be well out of this team’s range. He is the top player on a lot of shopping lists.
Another option was former Blue Michal Handzus, but the Blackhawks showed more interest in retaining him after shedding defenseman Adrian Aucoin and his contract. Handzus is said to be seeking a $4 million salary in next contract, moving into the range the Blues would like to pay somebody (Tkachuk) with more offensive ability.

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Blues Get Rights To Tkachuk

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Atlanta traded the rights to Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2008, back to St. Louis on Tuesday in exchange for the conditional first-round pick in 2008 that was sent to St. Louis as part of the February trade.
St. Louis receives the conditional fourth-round pick only if Atlanta signs Tkachuk before Nov. 1.
But, that seems unlikely. By obtaining Tkachuk’s rights, St. Louis holds sole negotiating rights with the player until free agency opens July 1. That suggests that the Blues will work diligently to get Tkachuk signed before Sunday’s free-agent frenzy begins.

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Blues Will See Less Of Legace

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Manny Legace joked after a Monday morning workout in Kirkwood that his wife, Gigi, can finally see his abdominal muscles.
Well, muscle ... singular.
“I have one,” said Legace, who’s been fending off “chubby” jokes much of his NHL career.
Legace may have more abs showing by the time Blues training camp starts in September. He’s working out three times a week with club strength coach Nelson Ayotte, while skating once a week and taking shots from assistant coach Rick Wamsley.

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