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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward David Backes to a five-year contract extension.
“David could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and we are excited that he has made the long term commitment to the Blues organization,” said Armstrong. “The way he handles himself on and off the ice represents what the Blues are all about.”
“I am ecstatic to have this deal signed and to be a Blue for many years to come,” said Backes. “My wife and I love this city and these fans have been nothing but great to us. This is a great organization to play for, from top to bottom, and we expect to be a top team in this league.”
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
It’s commonplace for players to limber up by kicking a soccer ball in a circle, but the teams are usually separated by a considerable distance to avoid conflict. For example, in Nationwide Arena teams play soccer at either end of a 200-foot hallway.
The Blues, however, are the one visiting club with a history of circumnavigating the unwritten code in Columbus, an NHL source said. Last night, Blues players walked around the inside of the building to hold their soccer game within about 100 feet of the Jackets’ players, eyewitnesses added.
Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger, who does sprints before every game, apparently ran through or nearby the Blues’ circle sparking a verbal exchange, several eyewitnesses said. Umberger has grown weary of what he perceives as gamesmanship by the Blues, a source said. The Blues certainly have set a physical tone against the Jackets in recent seasons and the local club has not always responded well.
via a Jeremy Rutherford tweet,
According to Blues coach Davis Payne, forward T.J. Oshie has suffered a broken ankle, which will surgery.
With just under 11:00 minutes left in the third period down 8-1, Oshie jumped on the back of a Columbus Blue Jackets player trying to break up a fight. However, when the player fell backwards with Oshie on his back, it appeared that the third-year forward came down on the left leg awkwardly.
added 11:41pm,Watch the video below and notice Oshie get up after the oribinal hit and tangle with the Columbus player.
You can see Oshie fall to the ground and understand how his ankle was injured.
from B.J.Rains of FSMidwest,
There’s no denying that the Blues goaltending - Jaroslav Halak in particular – is the main reason the Blues are looking for an eighth straight win Wednesday night in Columbus. Acquired from Montreal over the summer, Halak has endeared himself to Blues fans in a big way already.
Halak is tied for the NHL lead in both wins and shutouts and is third in both goals against (1.46) and save percentage (.944). Conklin hasn’t been bad either, earning a shutout Sunday in New York in his first action in more than two weeks.
But the Blues know that Halak and Conklin can’t pitch a shutout every night. At some point, the goal scoring needs to improve of the team won’t continue to win close games. David Perron and Matt D’Agostini lead the Blues with five goals each, good for a tie for 37th most in the NHL.
The Blues have at least one goal from 14 players but just six have two or more goals. Still, Payne doesn’t see the lack of scoring as a problem just yet.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Players and one San Jose broadcaster had suggested that Perron embellished the hit by lying flat on the ice for a while in order to make sure Thornton got the maximum in-game penalty. The fact that Perron was back on the ice less than five minutes later and ended up scoring a goal certainly bolstered the idea.
So were players ready to back down now that the St. Louis forward has been held out of two games?
“Like I said, from what we saw on the bench, it didn’t look that bad,” said Dan Boyle, one of the players I talked with that night. “We felt he embellished. . . . The fact that he’s missed a couple of games certainly makes it a more legit injury. But it didn’t look right from the bench and then he came back right away.”
Both Boyle and Dany Heatley noted that it was unfortunate that Perron has missed a couple of games and “nobody wants that at all.”
But Heatley stuck to his original statement as far as Perron “did stay on the ice to get that five-minute call.”
As usual lately, I’m a day behind. And, really, this time, I have no excuses. (Well, I do, but I won’t bother…) So, why make sure I catch up on JJ’s Three Cheers, you might ask? (I said might, cause it’s just as likely that you won’t.) The goal from the start with this should-be daily feature of mine was to keep a running tally of those honored and to salute the top three (or more) at season’s end. With a thousand other things in the hopper, so far as content from me is concerned (most of which are waiting on a few loose ends to be tied up), I’ll probably be pulling double-duty on these little recaps for much of the season as the workload increases. That said, the need to rewind and reward those on days missed remains. After all, this is an awfully prestigious honor! (Ahem…)
From Saturday night first:
***Cheers to Carolina captain Eric Staal, who powered his Hurricanes past division rival Florida with a pair of goals in a 3-2 victory.
**Cheers to Colorado’s Peter Budaj, who backstopped the Avalanche with 31 saves as his club put up plenty of offense in front of him, beating Dallas 5-0 at home.
*And big time cheers to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who had a four-point night at the expense of the host Thrashers in Atlanta and also tallied in the shootout as the Blackhawks were victorious, 5-4.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
David Krejci, three floors above the North Station rail tracks, left the action early in overtime last night when he suffered a head-on collision with the No. 74 commuter train known as the TJ Oshie Express.
Oshie, the hard-charging St. Louis center in the No. 74 sweater, hammered head on with Krejci along the boards in front of the visitor’s penalty box at the Garden. The stunned Krejci, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in last season’s playoffs, was first rocked by Oshie’s shoulder to his head. Krejci then slammed his head against the top of the boards, and it looked as if the point of contact was near his left temple.
continued and watch the video of the hit below…
from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
David Perron experienced headache symptoms during the Blues’ morning skate at TG Garden and will not play against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Perron, who is tied for the team lead in goals with five, experienced the headaches as a result of a hit he sustained to the head on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
San Jose forward Joe Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct on the play. A day later, the NHL handed down an additional two-game suspension to Thornton for blindside hit.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Blues president John Davidson said. “With head injuries, sometimes these symptoms show up a little later. We’ll just have to see how it goes with David, hopefully he’s all right.”
The situation places a large foot directly in the mouth of some national commentators, who criticized Perron for embellishing the play, insinuating his ability to return to the game and score a goal as corroborating evidence.
I wonder if those who claimed Perron embellished the play will make it right by saying they were wrong?
Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.
From Thursday’s games first:
***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.
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Sharks captain Joe Thornton has been suspended two games for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Perron on Thursday night.
Colin Campbell was travelling on Friday, so Mike Murphy conducted the formal portion of the conference call hearing, and Murphy and Campbell determined that supplemental discipline was required.
Thornton’s agent and brother John Thornton intends on talking to the NHLPA about possibly appealing since Campbell did not conduct the hearing, but it’s unlikely the decision will be overturned.
If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (November 5, 2010) – San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $77,419.36 in salary as a result of delivering an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward David Perron in NHL game #176, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:26 of the second period and Thornton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct under Rule 48 for Illegal Check to the Head.
Thornton will miss games against Tampa Bay (Nov. 6) and Anaheim (Nov. 9). He is eligible to return Nov. 11 against the New York Islanders.
Thornton’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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