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The St. Louis Blues Grind Out A Win Over The Florida Panthers

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

Well, your club began the game with 19 players — one fewer than a regular NHL lineup — due to salary-cap restrictions. You were facing the Florida Panthers, one of the top teams in the league standings. That team outshot you 20-5 in the first period, but your rock-solid starting goaltender kept you in the game. That goalie left because of an injury in the third period and was replaced by a journeyman netminder who hadn’t played in the NHL since March 2020. You lost a defenseman, too, and finished the game with just 17 players. But somehow you won the drama-filled game, 4-3, in overtime.

That game.

“Well, you know guys battled, and I’m proud of them,” said Berube, finally relenting a bit. “They worked and came through.”

By nature, NHL coaches are somewhat stoic, and Berube typically fits that description. But this did not look like someone who had witnessed what 16,372 at Enterprise Center had just watched — one of the grittiest performances turned in by the Blues in many years.

No, this looked and sounded like someone whose team entered the night without seven players, either injured or on the COVID-19 protocol list, and learned that he could be without one or two more.

After the Blues lost Robert Thomas to what sources have told The Athletic is a hip injury, Berube announced that goalie Ville Husso left with a lower-body injury and defenseman Jake Walman with an upper-body injury.

The injury to Husso appeared serious, and if he’s headed to the injury list, the Blues would be without starter Jordan Binnington (COVID-19) and his backup when they face Detroit on Thursday.

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Troy Brouwer Announces His Retirement

from Chris Pinkert of the Blues website,

"I'm going to miss the relationships that I was able to make over the years with guys on my teams and their families," Brouwer said. "Playing this game, you always get to meet new people, you always get to have experiences with those people and a lot of those you'll carry with you for the rest of your life. I'm going to miss that competitiveness, and I'm going to miss those big moments where you have an opportunity to do something amazing after you've worked your whole life to get to that moment."

It all started for the Vancouver, BC native back in 2004. Brouwer wasn't projected to be a high draft pick, so he wasn't even in attendance for the 2004 NHL Draft in Carolina when his name was called by the Blackhawks in the seventh round (No. 214 overall).

"The one thing I remember was my dad running into by bedroom, still in his underwear in the morning, and he said 'You just got drafted by Chicago," Brouwer recalled. "I jumped out of bed and waited by the phone because I knew my agent was going to call. It was one of the best wake-up calls I've ever had."

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Jordan Binnington On His Stick Swinging Incident

from Sportsnet,

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington doesn't regret swinging his stick at Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri during a scrum in NHL action between bitter rivals on Thursday.

"No," he said when asked by a reporter Friday if he regretted the incident. "I don't condone it. It doesn't need to happen. Getting in the scrum was enough, I didn't need to do the stuff after. But stuff happens out there and you learn, and you keep moving forward."

Binnington received a rare 10-minute misconduct along with Kadri on the play, but the penalty was served by forward Robert Bortuzzo....

"No, I'm not crazy," he said. "It's a tense game and it's not part of the modern-day hockey. Maybe back in the olden days, but it is what it is.

"(The stick-swinging was) kind of the heat of the moment. ... I might have taken it a bit too far. I don't want to condone the stick-swinging. Having a guy sit in the box for 10 minutes isn't being a good teammate. I definitely don't want kids out there swinging their sticks. It's an emotional situation, emotions were high and it was a competitive game, and these are big games against a big team."

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Video- Jordan Binnington Is A Bit Upset

via Sportsnet's YouYube page,

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington loses his cool after the whistle, swing stick in direction of Nazem Kadri's head and shoots puck at Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper.

Misconduct for Binnington.

 

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Video- Pavel Buchnevich Suspended Two Games

Head-butting

 

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Video- A Head-Butt Delivered By Pavel Buchnevich

Match penalty

 

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Two Trade Deadline Candidates - Eichel And Tarasenko

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

For different reasons, the names of Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel and St. Louis Blues elite winger Vladimir Tarasenko were front and center amid the trade rumor mill. Both Eichel and Tarasenko expressed the wish they be dealt as soon as possible, but here we are, with NHL training camps well underway, and yet each of the two remain untraded.

Does that mean they’re going to have to play this regular season out and try to pressure a deal in the summer of 2022?

Not necessarily.

In fact, I expect both of them to be moved before this coming season’s trade deadline. But fans of theirs who believe they’re going to be traded in the next few weeks should think twice. The NHL is not a reactionary league, and it’s entirely possible the Blues and Sabres hang onto their disgruntled employees until well into the 2021-22 schedule.

Why the wait? Well, for one thing, according to CapFriendly.com, virtually half the league’s teams (15 out of 32, in this case) have less than $1 million in salary cap space. 

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St. Louis Blues/Ottawa Senators Trade

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired St. Louis native Logan Brown and a conditional draft pick in 2022 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Zach Sanford.

The conditional draft pick is removed from the deal if Brown plays more than 30 NHL games this season.

Brown, the son of former Blues defenseman Jeff Brown, was originally drafted 11th overall by the Senators in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 218-pound forward posted nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 games with the AHL's Belleville Senators while serving two penalty minutes in one game with Ottawa. Overall, Brown has appeared in 30 NHL games, collecting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and six penalty minutes.

Sanford, 26, has spent four of his five NHL seasons with the Blues. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 207-pound forward logged 16 points (10 goals, six assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games. Overall, Sanford has dressed in 209 career regular-season games, totaling 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) and 84 penalty minutes.

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Hockey Operation Changes In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced changes to the Blues Hockey Operations Department today. 

The Blues have named Peter Chiarelli as Vice President of Hockey Operations, while Ken Hitchcock will rejoin the team as Coaching Consultant. Dave Taylor, who previously served as the team's vice president of hockey operations, will assume the role of Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations.

Chiarelli, 57, began his executive career with the Ottawa Senators after the team hired him as Assistant General Manager in 1999.

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David Backes Retiring With The St. Louis Blues

from David Backes at Blues website,

And now we are here, my NHL chapter has concluded.

The game got faster and younger and I haven't been associated with either of those adjectives in a long time.

My final goal was to play 1,000 games, but I came up 35 short.

In the end, it's not that all these numbers don't matter - they do, and I am damn proud of them. But the metrics that mean the most to me are the countless experiences and everlasting relationships that the game provided me.

That's what I find is beyond measure.

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