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via Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward T.J. Oshie missed Monday morning’s 10:30 a.m. team practice at the St. Louis Mills in what is being described as an “unexcused absence.”
Coach Davis Payne said that he plans to meet with general manager Doug Armstrong to determine how to best handle the situation and discuss what any possible discipline may be for Oshie. Payne added that the situation will be handled internally.
Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.
But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.
Have a look, after the jump:
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This just in: Gary Bettman says the citizens of Glendale, Ariz., will be required to absorb the cost of bonds so that the Blues can remain in St. Louis. The mayor of Glendale endorses the commissioner’s position.
-Larry Brooks of the NY Post, where you can read more hockey related topics.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are on the open market.
Blues chairman Dave Checketts has decided to put the team and Scottrade Center lease up for sale.
Since May of 2010, Checketts has sought investors to replace the roughly 70 percent of the franchise owned by TowerBrook Capital Partners. Checketts said he’d lined up financing to take over TowerBrook’s shares but negotiations reached an impasse.
Checketts and TowerBrook were unable to agree on the value of the shares held by TowerBrook.
“The bottom line is I’ve been unable to make a deal with them. As a result, I’ve got to turn from being a buyer to a seller,” Checketts said late Wednesday afternoon.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
With Dave Checketts’ efforts to replace the Blues’ major investor still unresolved, an offer has been made to purchase the team outright from Checketts, multiple sources have told the Post-Dispatch.
St. Louis businessman Tom Stillman, who is already a minority owner, is part of a group that presented a formal bid to Checketts’ company, SCP Worldwide, to take control of the club. This is the only known offer for the team, an offer sources said was far less than the estimated value of the franchise.
In 2010, Forbes Magazine valued the Blues at $165 million, approximately $15 million more than Checketts paid for the team and the lease on Scottrade Center in 2006.
There has been plenty of accountability now at Scottrade Center. You have seen changes at coach, general manager and scouting director. You have seen significant change on the roster.
There is still much rebuilding to do. Is this ownership group up to that challenge? Will it enable Armstrong to start adding as much – or more – than he is subtracting?
If not, then the franchise won’t be much better off than when Bill and Nancy Laurie ordered a massive payroll dump on their way out of town.
-Jeff Gordon of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch where you can continue reading more on the Blues.
via Chris Kerber, St. Louis Blues broadcaster, tweet:
Brad Boyes has been dealt to Buffalo
Bob McKenzie, Twitter:
STL trades Brad Boyes to BUF for 2nd round pick in 2011. Done deal.
Update 11:50pm ET: Press Release -
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo in exchange for forward Brad Boyes.
Boyes, 28, was acquired by St. Louis from Boston on Feb. 27, 2007 and played five seasons with the Blues, appearing in 327 games, registering 232 points (106 goals, 126 assists) along with 106 penalty minutes. For his career, Boyes has skated in 472 National Hockey League (NHL) games, recording 335 points (145 goals, 190 assists) and 163 penalty minutes.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
If there’s been any good to come out of David Perron’s concussion, which has caused him to miss the last four months of the Blues season, it’s that he’s seen another side of life.
“I started to learn Spanish a little bit ... I’m actually getting better,” said Perron, a French-Canadian. “It’s quite easy because speaking French is quite similar. I’m also reading books about becoming a pilot.
“In my life, there was only hockey before that injury, and now you realize there’s more. I can’t say there are too many positives from the injury, because there isn’t, but that’s one of them. I’m looking at life in a different angle, and it’s pretty good. I’m sure when I came back, though, I’ll go back to the exact same (hockey) mindset, but you grow as a human.”
Perron isn’t close to returning to the ice, but he hopes that he’s nearing a solution for the concussion-related symptoms that still linger from a hit by San Jose’s Joe Thornton on Nov. 4.
“I definitely want him to say, at the end of the day, ‘Wow, why did I trade Erik Johnson? Don’t get me wrong, they got two great players over there. Shattenkirk and Stewart are both great players. But at the end of the day, I want to make Doug Armstrong regret trading me.”
-Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche talking about Blues GM Doug Armstrong. The two teams meet tonight. More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
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