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Blues Give Leopold Two-Year Extension

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Wednesday the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Jordan Leopold on a two-year contract.

Leopold, 32, posted two assists in 15 regular season games with the Blues after the club acquired him from Buffalo on Mar. 31 last season. In addition, Leopold dressed in all six games for the Blues during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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Blues Sign Kevin Shattenkirk

 

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Berglund Agreee To One-Year Extension With St. Louis

via TSN,

Patrik Berglund has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues for next year, the final year of his restricted free agency.

Bergland is coming off a 17-goal, 25-point season for the Blues. The 25-year-old added a goal and an assist in six post-season games as well.

St. Louis drafted Bergland in the first round in 2006 and in 358 games with the club he has 92 goals and 188 points.

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Andy McDonald Planning To Retire From Hockey

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

Blues veteran Andy McDonald plans to retire from the NHL due to concussion concerns.

McDonald, 35, was set to become an unrestricted free agent later this month.

"When the season was initially over, I was intending on playing again," McDonald said. "I was motivated by the results of the season and how I struggled. That was almost driving me to come back and play again. But after stepping back and talking it over with my wife and my family and my friends, it became pretty clear that this is the right decision and the best thing for my health."

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Hitchcock And Halak Disagreement Surfaces

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

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room the morning of Game 4 in Los Angeles, multiple sources have confirmed to the Post-Dispatch.

The argument was triggered by Halak being late for the Blues’ team meeting before their game-day practice and it escalated when the goaltender vented about his ice time this season, particularly after returning from a groin injury at the end of the regular season.

“These are internal discussions between a player and coach,” Hitchcock said when asked about the incident on Saturday, one day after the Kings eliminated the Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Halak was unavailable for comment and his agent, Allan Walsh, declined comment.

Halak did not play in the Blues’ final 14 games of the regular season and didn’t make an appearance in the playoffs. Hitchcock said before the series began that Brian Elliott was “the guy we’re going to go with.”

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“Not Good Enough”

Ken Hitchcock with his assessment of the series with the Kings.

Hitchcock starts talking at the :40 second mark.

 

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Hitchcock Thinking Positive Going Into Game 6

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

The win was the third straight by the Kings, who once trailed 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. They also trailed Game 4 against the Blues 2-0 and 3-2 and were nearly down 3-1 in the series.

Now the Kings, who became the first road team to win a game in the series, return home to Los Angeles looking to close things out Friday with a win in Game 6.

"You need an all-in mentality and we had that," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We need to come with that same mentality for Game 6. This is not over."

Hitchcock couldn't fault his team's overall effort.

"There's lot of positives," Hitchcock said. "Effort, discipline, structure, whatever you want. There's a lot of positives.

"Overtime's a crapshoot. I know to win the (Stanley) Cup you've got to win most of your overtime games."

more on the game...


 

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Evening Line

“Corners come up quick. You round the net and feel like you’re in the corner. It’s just a rounded building. There’s the same surface, but the configuration here for me makes it a different feel. A different feel for the on-ice players, a different feel for the coaches, so things happen a lot quicker in this building and you’ve just got to be ready for it.”

“I’ve said that for years in this building. It’s an interesting building. Some of the buildings are more rectangular in the corners, the rinks, and these are rounded….They round off quick. Both teams are built for this type of surface, so it should be a good game here.”

-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues on the Staple Center.  More from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

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Video- 51 Ticks Left In Regulation, Jackman Scores The Game Winner For Blues

Did Doughty get his stick on the puck to change the angle?

 

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9:30pm ET Start In St. Louis Has Both Sides Talking

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"I don’t know if we’ve done that, but keep the people at the TV networks happy, I guess," Blues captain David Backes said with a shrug after the morning skate Thursday.
"Whatever it is, it is. [The Kings] are playing at the same time."

Anze Kopitar was scratching his head but couldn’t remember ever playing this late.

"I’ve never played an 8:30 game," the Kings star center said after his team’s noon CT skate.

"It’s different, for sure," added Kings veteran Jarret Stoll. "I don’t want to sleep too long today, or else I’ll get groggy. I’ll just hang out and stretch, I guess."...

"It better not get to overtime or I’m going to be asleep on the bench," said Hitchcock after his team’s 11 a.m. skate. "The gap from now to 8:30, I don’t know, there better be some good games on at 6 p.m. [7 p.m. ET] when we’re sitting in the office twiddling our thumbs. It’s a long, long day. I’ve never seen anything like this. This will be interesting."

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