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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has signed free agent forward Kyle Wellwood to a one-year contract.
Wellwood, 27, has made 25 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Mytishchi Atlant this season, recording eight points including five goals and three assists.
In 2009-10, the 5’10”, 181-pound forward tallied 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 75 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks as well as two goals and five assists in 12 playoff outings.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
(Kyle) Wellwood has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues, according to sources. However, he is not eligible to play in Peoria this season because the Blues missed the Dec. 15 deadline that would have allowed him to be paid a two-way contract. Therefore, if signed, Wellwood must either play with the Blues, or be paid an NHL salary if he is waived. A deal may still happen, but currently it’s being held up.
The Blues also had interest in forward Jamie Langenbrunner, a veteran who would have been a solid midseason addition before being traded to Dallas from New Jersey. But the Blues weren’t able to pull off a deal with the Devils, in part because of financial constraints that continue while the club finalizes its paperwork with new investors.
In the meantime, the Blues are moving forward with no definitive timetable on the returns of McDonald and Perron, and with Oshie, while practicing, still not ready to join the lineup.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Kyle Wellwood, ex of KHL, is signing a one year contract with STL. Will have to clear waivers.
added 2:06pm, from Dan O’Neill of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“It’s someone in which we do have some interest, but we haven’t signed him or done anything like that yet,” Armstrong said. “I don’t know where that information came from, but we’re on our way to Anaheim now so we’re not going to be signing him today.”
It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.
For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.
Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.
(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)
Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…
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Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs with the spin move in the shootout.
Am I the only one not really impressed with these?
By the way, Leafs won the game.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
SCP Worldwide’s seven-month search for a major investor in the Blues could be over by the end of January.
Blues owner Dave Checketts is in New York today pouring over the documents that will keep SCP in control of the club and him as the front man of the organization.
Checketts would not disclose the identity of the investors, but said there is “more than one group,” and he also said publicly for the first time that TowerBrook Capital Partners would not be divesting all of its interest in the Blues, as TCP indicated it would in May.
“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Checketts told the Post-Dispatch. “Our investor group is 95 percent assembled ... now during the next few weeks, we’ll work on league approvals and getting everything done and wrapped up. I said in Florida at the (NHL) Board of Governors meeting that I thought this would happen in the early part of the year, and I think that’s still true.”
via Darren Pang tweet,
Nashville has claimed Marek Svatos off waivers from St Louis.
Svatos was signed by the Blues yesterday as a UFA but had to clear waivers first.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed free agent forward Marek Svatos to a one-year contract.
Svatos, 28, has made 19 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Omsk Avangard this season recording eight points including three goals and five assists. In 2009-10, the 5’10, 185-pound forward tallied seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 54 regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche as well as a goal and two penalty minutes in three playoff outings. For his career, Svatos has dressed in 316 NHL games, all with Colorado, accumulating 164 points including 96 goals and 68 assists.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
By scoring just one goal in back-to-back losses at home, the Blues slipped off the pace in the Western Conference race. They have a tough game tonight at Atlanta and lots of back-to-back challenges on the horizon.
“It’s a lot tougher to climb up in the standings than it is to fall down,” Backes said.
Without injured forward Perron, T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald, the Blues couldn’t match the skill level of the Sharks and Canucks. Even with defensemen Erik Johnson, Roman Polak and Alex Pietrangelo back in action, this team is at a disadvantage against the elite teams.
“Maybe we have a little bit of work to do to get their level,” Backes observed.
To scrape out victories, the Blues must play hard and smart. They must play fast and tenaciously, pressuring opponents into mistakes and creating havoc around the net.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
And now, Erik Johnson? OK, we know that every team has injuries. It’s unavoidable. It’s part of the game, and all of that. But what kind of evil, wicked curse has fallen over the Blues? This is a new and different curse. A more virulent curse in some ways. This isn’t the Curse of Scotty Bowman, which kicks in during the postseason, preventing the Blues from winning the Stanley Cup. But what did this organization ever do to deserve this incredibly cruel run of injuries? There’s no crying in hockey, but at this point you can’t help but feel sorry for the Blues.
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