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Coach Steve Ott

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Midway through a pugnacious and loquacious playing career that ended five months ago, Steve Ott found a fresh notepad in his home office and began jotting down ideas. Some of the roughly 100 pages filled with tactical lingo, practice drills and set plays and systematic concepts that Ott found particularly effective. Others contained motivational tactics and teaching moments that resonated. He never knew exactly when those notes might come in handy, only certain that one day they would. “Man,” Ott kept telling himself, “I can’t wait to coach in this league.”

That moment finally arrived late this May, when Ott formally retired and took a job as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, one of his five former teams. At first, the rugged forward planned to squeeze one final year from a body that over 15 seasons had undergone 15 surgeries (16 if you include the ruptured appendix, which he does not). But that was before several Canadian junior executives called, wondering what Ott’s future held. And before St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong did the same. Soon, the 35-year-old found himself sporting a crisp suit at Blues headquarters—“You always class it up”—for the first job interview of his adult life.

Such a move, while abrupt, actually isn’t altogether uncommon. Among the NHL’s 31 staffs, 12 coaches have hopped straight from the ice to the bench, wielding sticks one season and whistles the next.


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The St. Louis Blues Announce An Affiliation With The Tulsa Oilers

(Aug. 8, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the East Coast Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers for the 2017-18 season.

“First of all, and most importantly, the entire St. Louis Blues organization would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the tornado that went through the Tulsa area on Sunday,” said Armstrong. “We are thankful there were no fatalities and hope for a quick rebuild.  We are proud to extend our footprint to Tulsa and partner with the Oilers for the 2017-18 season. The Oilers are a strong organization from top to bottom and will provide a great opportunity for our young prospects to continue to develop their game.”

“It is truly an honor for us to affiliate with such a class organization like the St. Louis Blues,” said Oilers General Manager Taylor Hall. “Our fan base will be thrilled as we have many Blues fans here in Tulsa.”

The Oilers will begin their fourth ECHL season in 2017-18.  The club is coached by Rob Murray, who previously spent six seasons as the head coach of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.  The Aces were affiliated with the Blues for three of Murray’s six seasons in Alaska. 

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A Five-Year Deal For Colton Parayko And The St. Louis Blues

Aribtration day was today.




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What To Pay Colton Parayko

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

Parayko’s camp realistically can demand $6 million to $7 million per year on a long-term deal. He could settle for a short-term deal through arbitration, but Armstrong risks paying higher salaries whenever Parayko finally signs for the long haul. Where is Parayko’s ceiling? It is far north of Shayne Gostisbehere, a power-play specialist who signed a six-year, $27 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is closer to the vicinity of Shea Weber, who is in the middle of a crazy 14-year, $110 million contract signed under an earlier NHL collective bargaining agreement. The marketplace is more rational in the current CBA but, like we said, Parayko is going to get paid.

All of this activity provides great motivation for the young Blues defenseman. Walman is the most interesting of the bunch, possessing some of the qualities that made Shattenkirk so valuable.


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Patrik Berglund Out Until December After Shoulder Surgery

(June 28, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues center Patrik Berglund has undergone successful surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  

Berglund suffered the injury while performing his offseason conditioning program in Sweden.  He is expected to be sidelined until December.  The surgery was performed by Blues Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Rick Wright, Dr. Matt Matava, and Dr. Matthew Smith yesterday at the Washington University Orthopedic Center. 

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St. Louis Trades Ryan Reaves To Pittsburgh

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Blues Trade Jori Lehtera And A Pick To Flyers For Brayden Schenn


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Vladimir Tarasenko’s Journey

from Vladimir Tarasenko at The Players' Tribune,

I want to tell you story. But I will get something off my chest first.

I get upset when I can’t score. I want to score … I am supposed to score. This, for me, is my job. In playoffs, I didn’t score enough. I am sorry to St. Louis. I feel like I didn’t do as much as I should. I know we had World Cup in September, new coach, players injured — but are there excuses?

No. Excuses … it’s for loser. And I am not loser. I am winner.

I want us to win more than ever. I will get back to this. But now, story.

It’s about my first game of hockey. Not with St. Louis Blues — my first game of hockey ever.

In the story, it’s 1999. I am seven. We have this tournament, back home in Russia, during school breaks — fall, winter and spring. First one I play in is fall. I am ready.


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Steve Ott Named Assistant Coach For The St. Louis Blues

(May 25, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Steve Ott Assistant Coach.  Ott, 34, who played for the Blues from the 2013-14 season through the 2015-16 season, has signed a three-year contract.

“Steve was a competitor on the ice as a player and I expect him to bring that energy in this role,” said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo.  “He was highly respected as a player and a person among his teammates and I believe he will be a huge asset to our staff.”

“I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career,” said Ott.  “The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I’m excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise.”

Ott played in 848 NHL games from 2002-17, amassing 288 points (109 goals, 179 assists) along with 1,555 penalty minutes.  In 14 seasons, he played with Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis, Detroit and Montreal and served as Buffalo’s Captain during the 2013-14 season before being acquired by the Blues on Feb. 28, 2014.  The Summerside, PEI native was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2000 Entry Draft. 

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Season Ends In Nashville For The St. Louis Blues

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

If someone had told the Blues that a transition season that also saw a coaching change and the trade of a top defenseman would last until Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, they probably would have taken it.

But when the postseason arrived at that dead end Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, where Nashville won 3-1 to claim the best-of-seven series 4-2, the Blues were still left with regrets.

They couldn’t find a way to win any of their three games in Nashville, they were held to just three goals on the road and the power play was abysmal both home and away.

Those were some of the reasons that in a series the team labeled as “winnable,” the Predators were able to punch their ticket to the conference finals for the first time in their history, denying the Blues a second straight trip to the third round.

“First off a lot of credit to Nashville, congratulations to them, they played a great series and they’re a real strong team, but it hurts right now for us,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “We felt like there were moments in this series where we could have grabbed it. There was times where we felt like it was winnable, like we could have come out on the other side. They definitely deserve to be moving on, but ... it stinks, I hate it, I hate to say it.”


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