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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will not be on the Blues’ roster to start the 2013 Training Camp.
“Talks between the Blues and Alex’s camp have broken off for now and Alex will not be reporting for our camp today,” said Armstrong.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
At least Hal Gill is being realistic about what he is facing in trying to earn a contract with the Flyers on a tryout basis.
Training camp opens Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I think I can go in and do the best I can,” Gill told CSNPhilly.com. “I know throughout the year there is going to be changes. I am certainly not looking at it as a guaranteed spot.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues announced Saturday that they have invited free-agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a professional tryout (PTO).
Whitney, 30, has spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. In 34 games last season, he had four goals, 13 points and plus-minus rating of minus-7.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with the news,
Hull, the franchise's leading goal scorer, will be back in Blue after 15 years away from the organization. He departed as a free agent in 1998, signing with Dallas, and has spent the most recent part of his post-hockey career as an executive with the Stars.
According to multiple sources, Hull, 49, will be named to a vice president position with the Blues and focus primarily on the business side of the organization. The deal between Hull and the club is not yet finalized, but is expected to be wrapped up soon and announced as early as next week.
(ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman announced today that the Blues have named Doug Armstrong President of Hockey Operations and General Manager and Bruce Affleck President of Business Operations. In addition, Affleck was named an Alternate Governor, joining Armstrong in that capacity.
“Having worked closely with Doug and Bruce for the past year, I have been able to observe their skills, dedication, and professionalism first-hand,” said Stillman. “These changes are a strong statement of confidence in their leadership now and into the future.”
All from the Twitter account of Bob McKenzie...
Kadri believed to be looking long-term (6 yrs in Tavares stratosphere of $5.5M per). Leafs want short, 2 yrs at P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per).
Tough sledding for NYR/RFA Derek Stepan. Player seeks McDonagh $ (6 x $4.7M) but no arb rights, NYR holding firm on Subban level bridge deal
Dialogue on contracts for RFA D, Alex Pietrangelo in STL and Jared Cowen in OTT, is ongoing. Gaps still to be closed but talks continue.
Petro/STL would like 8 yr max term but question is where between $6M and $7M per yr it settles. Karlsson at $6.5M (x7), Doughty at $7M (x8).
Cowen/OTT exploring short and long term deals, everything from 2 yrs to 8. Nothing imminent. Guessing term more likely shorter than longer.
from Mark Masters of TSN,
Alex Pietrangelo is doing his best not to let an unresolved contract situation distract him this week at Hockey Canada's orientation camp.
"I've just kind of been moving forward as if I'm going to start the season like a regular year," the St. Louis Blues defenceman, a restricted free agent, said following a walkthrough on Monday. "I've been working hard all summer [and I'm] trying to put it behind me here for this week and trying to enjoy this process and, you know, hopefully something gets done here in the short term."
Pietrangelo has spoken to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong during the camp, but the contract issue did not come up. Armstrong is part of the Team Canada management group.
from RIA NOVOSTI,
Russian hockey forward Vladimir Tarasenko offered a restrained evaluation of his rookie NHL season with St. Louis Blues Monday, telling R-Sport the campaign was “good, but average.”
In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he scored eight goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances, earning Rookie of the Month honors in January after leading all rookies with nine points. But Tarasenko missed 10 games after suffering concussion on February 20 and netted only two goals the rest of the season after returning to action on March 16.
Speaking in Sochi after Russia’s two-day Olympic national team orientation camp, Tarasenko said his numbers were partly a result of the injury and a questionable work ethic and attitude last season on the road to recovery. He vowed to improve.
“I’ll try to do better this season. My self-requirements have increased,” he said. “Because of my youth I didn’t really know how to condition myself and how to prioritize. Now I’ve got an understanding after talking to guys like [former New Jersey Devils star] Ilya Kovalchuk that you have to take care of yourself and prepare hard.”
a bit more...
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
There are four games on the 2013-14 schedule that are not available via single-game ticket purchases: Opening night Oct. 3 (Nashville), Oct. 9 (Chicago), Dec. 28 (Chicago) and Apr. 13 (Detroit).
The Blues are one of the NHL teams this season, including Nashville, which are requiring fans to buy tickets to multiple games in order to acquire them for meetings against Chicago.
In recent years, the Blackhawks have attracted huge crowds to Scottrade Center, at times taking over the in-game atmosphere, and that could continue after the 'Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in four years in 2012-13.
But this season, tickets to those four aforementioned games are available only as part of full- and half-season tickets, or 12-game and hat-trick plans. Games are divided into three price categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
“He’s not going to be surprised by anything, he’s going to be way more ready, so I think our hope is that you see a player more comfortable, more composed, more assured of himself and I think this year we’ll get a really good evaluation. In talking to him, he’s about as far away as you can get from sophomore jinx. He’s hungry, he’s focused. Now you get to see his natural ability on a daily basis.”
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues on Vladimir Tarasenko. More from Jeremey Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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