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Blues/Wings Preview From Stockholm

Dan Rosen of NHL.com previews the game between the Blues and Wings.

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Does Kariya Still Have His Game?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has made a point during training camp of describing how good the Blues played last season without Paul Kariya.

Now, the question Kariya, Murray and the rest of the Blues are waiting to have answered is just how good they can be with the skilled winger back after missing almost all of last season to injury.

There was a time in the mid-to-late 1990s when you could scarcely have a conversation about the game’s elite players without referencing Kariya. Twice eclipsing 100 points, three times a 40-plus goal scorer and once a 50-goal scorer, Kariya’s ability to handle the puck and create offense was nothing short of magical.

Now, at 34, there are ample signs that the magic remains and he can be the kind of difference-maker the Blues will need to take another step forward after storming into the playoffs last season despite injuries to key players, including Kariya.

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The Globe Arena Is Ready For NHL Hockey

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

After many hours and lot of manpower, the ice surface at the Globe Arena is ready for Friday and Saturday’s game between the Blues and Red Wings….

The one difference is the height of the glass on the side boards. They are roughly two feet shorter than the regular glass at Scottrade Center. That could come into play if a team is penalized for shooting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone, which requires a delay-of-game penalty.

more plus a video Jeremy shot of the Globe Arena…

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Learning To Live With Andy Murray

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

Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk has a beef with head coach Andy Murray that he wants to get off his chest.

“Whatever I say, though, he’s going to say something to me about it,” Tkachuk said, wary of voicing his pet peeve with Murray in the newspaper. “OK, sometimes he puts out a ratings sheet after the game and it’s funny how the only time it’s up is when I have a bad game.”

Truth is, Tkachuk wasn’t really concerned about the repercussions because as teammate Barret Jackman says, Murray “has softened with Walt (Tkachuk)” over the last couple of years.

As Murray enters his fourth season in St. Louis, others might argue that the he isn’t the dictator he was when he arrived in 2006. The daily meetings, the death stares, the homework sheets underneath the hotel room doors . . . very little is said about that anymore.

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Darryl Sydor Signs With Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Darryl Sydor to a one-year contract.

“Darryl Sydor is a true professional in our game,” said Davidson.  “He’s a proven winner who brings valuable leadership to our blueline and will be a positive mentor for our younger defensemen.”

 

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Premiere Talk

via NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues will be featured on NHL media conference calls today. St. Louis coach Andy Murray will be available at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by Blues forward Patrik Berglund at 1:45 p.m., Red Wings coach Mike Babcock at 2 p.m. and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom at 2:15 p.m.

The calls will be streamed live on NHL.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.

If the stream can be embedded, I will post it here.

added 1:24pm, the audio stream is available below.

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Kariya On The Road To Recovery

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

The Blues have been cautious in the early going with Kariya, who is getting his body used to a lengthier skating stride. But the fact that he played in back-to-back preseason games Tuesday and Friday shows that progress is being made.

“I feel better every day,” said Kariya, who missed the opening day of training camp as a precaution. “When I started, my groin and hip-flexor was a little tight. But they’ve loosened up and the hips themselves, the joints feel great.

“The practices are so demanding, it’s tough to get an indication of where your legs are, but I’ve felt like I had good jump in the games. To get a couple games under my belt and have no repercussions ... the body’s feeling good.”

read on

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Blues Extend Contract Of Andy Murray

via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate,

The Blues just announced that they’ve extended head coach Andy Murray’s contract through the 2010-11 season.

added 3:02pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has exercised the option for Blues’ Head Coach Andy Murray through the 2010-11 season. 

“Andy has done a terrific job for our hockey club over the past three seasons,” said Davidson.  “We’re happy to have him in the fold for the next two seasons and continue to guide a competitive team.”

 

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All Andy Murray

Blues coach Andy Murray answers questions from the fans…

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

I just wanted to know what opening the season in Sweden means to the organization. What the Pro’s and Con’s may be from your point of view.  Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

Andy Murray:  First of all, it’s what the league scheduled for us. So, if I’m feeling negative about it, I’m not creating the right atmosphere for our team. I can only talk about the positives. I think it’s great for team building, for our team to get to know each other. We’re going into hostile territory because it seems like half the Red Wings are Swedes. They’re going to be heavily favored in both games by the experts, and I’d like nothing better than to walk out of their with four points. We’ll play them any place in the world.

more questions answered…

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Blues Sign Derek Armstrong

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Tuesday the club has agreed to terms with forward Derek Armstrong to a two-way contract.

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