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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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Blues Coach Likes Competition For Roster Spots

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

Murray said that the Blues will have 56 players at training camp. The breakdown is six goalies, 20 defensemen and 30 forwards.

Murray said something interesting about how the final roster will be determined. He said it will be less about contract situations and more about which players deserve a spot on the team.

“There will be some battles,” Murray said. “Everyone can look at contracts and say, ‘Well, they don’t have many roster spots open.’ Well, as I’ve told a couple of guys coming to our camp, ‘Put a wedge in their for yourselves. It may look like it’s blocked off, but somehow stick a wedge in and open it up a little bit and push yourself through it.’

“We will keep the best players. If that means creating roster spots by moving guys that aren’t performing, then that will happen. We’ll ultimately find a way to get our best players in the lineup.”

more on the Blues…

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Lecavalier Excited Tanguay Joining Bolts

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

The agent for free-agent wing Alex Tanguay said his client will sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after he passes a physical that will occur in Tampa on Monday or Tuesday….

Lecavalier, who played with Tanguay for Canada at the 1998 world junior championship, said he spoke to Tanguay twice, including Friday night.

“He asked me about Tampa and I told him about coming to the tam and the direction it is going,” Lecavalier said, and added, “Anybody that plays with a guy like Tanguay, he’s such a great passer and can score. He brings a lot to the team, so I’m excited.”

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, vinny+lecavalier

Knee Surgery For Brewer

ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2009) – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Blues Captain Eric Brewer underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.  The surgery was performed today by Dr. Brian Day in Vancouver. 

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