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Video- Halak Injury

Reports are he is going to miss some time, Jake Allen will be recalled.


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Jay Bouwmeester Traded To St. Louis

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired St. Louis’ 2013 first round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra in exchange for Jay Bouwmeester. In the event St. Louis does not qualify for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Flames will receive St. Louis’ 4th round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and the first round pick will be deferred to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Cundari, a native of Woodbridge, ON, is currently in his third professional season with Peoria of the AHL. In 56 games this season he has scored 7 goals and added 18 assists for 25 points while accumulating 80 penalty minutes. The 5’10”, 200 lb rearguard played four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL capturing back to back Memorial Cup championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The 22 year old was signed as free agent by St. Louis in 2010.

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Can You Trust The Blues?

from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I bought the Blues early this season. I bought their enthusiasm, their momentum and their ability to say all the right things in the aftermath of the league’s damaging, almost suicidal lockout.

Long skeptical, I went Cup Crazy.

“Buying in” early, I hoped to get a good seat on the bandwagon. Who knew the possibilities? Maybe when the Belgian brewer brought the Clydesdales onto the Scottrade ice I could grab the seat next to the Dalmatian.

So having stated my credentials, allow me the first of many questions: What the Hull is going on here?

Something has happened to the grinding, up-and-coming, energetic Blues en route to a short-season Stanley Cup. The team that rolled up 109 points last season and won six of its first seven games this year has become a source of frustration, even intrigue. What team — its major pieces finally healthy — requires a contentious closed-door postgame meeting more than two-thirds into its abbreviated schedule?

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Jordon Leopold Acquired By The Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from Buffalo in exchange for a 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.

Leopold, 32, has dressed in 24 games for Buffalo this season posting eight points including two goals and six assists to go along with 14 penalty minutes.  Overall, the 6’1, 206-pound defenseman has appeared in 10 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons between Calgary, Colorado, Flordia, Pittsburgh and Buffalo accumulating 202 points (65 goals, 137 assists) and 268 penalty minutes in 610 career games.

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Does Ken Hitchcock Have A Legitimate Complaint?

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

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had plenty to say about that bad break at the end — Richards’ goal that came after teammate Jeff Carter popped up the back of the net with a hefty shove from behind. That jarred the positioning of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 37 of the Kings’ 40 shots Thursday.

“Carter pushed the back of the net, pushed Jaro’s foot off the post,” Hitchcock said. “Richards jammed it (inside) the post. ... I don’t know. They’ll have to explain that to you at the NHL level. Carter’s motion on the back of the net forced Jaro’s foot off the post ... it went in.”

The goal stood after a review.

“I’m not really sure what happened,” Richards said. “You just look at the puck and poke, poke, poke. I got a little bit lucky and just jammed it in.”

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Blues Shutout By The Oilers, Hitchcock Addresses Team Issues

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

After Backes spoke with reporters, the Blues captain and other club leaders met with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock in what was described as a frank meeting. Hitchcock, who normally meets with reporters within 20 minutes after the game, didn’t emerge for 67 minutes after the game.

Hitchcock was rather calm as he reflected on the Blues’ challenges.

“The issue for us is the way we manage the game,” he said, “We’re at our best when we manage the game across the board well, and we’re not managing the game. We’re opening ourselves up. A good goalie can come in and beat us, and we don’t want to be like that. Goalies are going to play good against us, but we want to still be able to win hockey games, even when the (opposing) goalie is playing well. We’re not doing it on a consistent basis.

“Since our 6-1 start, we’re one game under .500. That’s reality. And we want to be better, so we’re trying to get better.”

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Blues/Devils Trade

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a conditional fourth or fifth round draft pick in 2015 from New Jersey in exchange for forward Matt D’Agostini and a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2015.

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Chris Stewart Raises His Compete Level

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“You just have to worry about competing for your teammates and really bearing down. When you do those little things, that’s when you get that room in the offensive zone to make that move. I think that’s one of the best things that has hit home in my career for me.”

Stewart has realized the means can justify the ends. He has focused on the process and the production has come complimentary.

“What we’re trying to do with Stewie is change his value system, and he’s really starting to embrace that now,” Hitchcock said. “You can still be a good player in the game and not get points. You can still have an impact, even though you don’t score.

“It’s about not playing the game looking to score, but playing the game looking to compete and know that when you have a high skill level, like Stewie does, there’s going to be times when you score. But don’t drop your competitive base. Don’t base everything on points.”


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Blues Trending Up Again

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

Two goals and an assist from Chris Stewart and the first career shutout for St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen.

While the first part of that equation from Thursday's 3-0 win over Phoenix is entirely believable given Stewart's history, Blues fans might have had trouble believing the second part when the season began.

Allen and Stewart have been providing much needed strength, stabilization and relief just when the Blues (15-10-2) seemed ready to meander toward the back of the Western Conference standings.

Now 7-1 as a starter, Allen has proven a solid fit for the Blues and will return to the net again Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.


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Your St. Louis Blues

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are an enigma. Their 6-1 start was a tease. They’ve staggered through a 5-8-2 record since the end of January.

The Blues, unable or unwilling to maintain their resolve from start to finish, continue to fade late in games.

Here’s a shocking statistic that tells us all we need to know about the Blues’ faint heart in the heat of competition:

In their eight losses and two ties since Feb.1, the Blues have been outscored 17-0 after the second period.

This is not a typo or factual error.

This is your team.


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