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Janssen & Hamrlik received 2 minutes for roughing and Blues goaltender Ty Conklin received 2 minutes for going beyond center ice.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
OK, OK, I know that all teams have bad nights. I can accept that. But I can’t accept lethargic play. Given their difficult position in the Western Conference standings, the Blues can’t afford to snooze in any game. Not even after winning four in a row. They must play desperation hockey.
We’ll see what kind of mood they’re in when they compete in Montreal on Wednesday and Ottawa on Thursday. This is a good first test for Coach Payne. We’ll see what he can do to crank the boys up after they went to sleep on him for the first time since he took over.
The Blues’ kids have to do a lot better ... if they can: At some point, shouldn’t we begin to see sustained, elevated play from the Blues’ highly-touted youngsters? Or when do we start to conclude that perhaps they are not as good as promised?
“If a person that’s a huge superstar becomes available, the economics of it are frightening. Then if you have to trade for them, not only do you have to come up with a number of pieces to satisfy the other team, but then the player has the option of walking away on you July 1. That’s tough.”
“If you make a mistake there, that could end up being two mistakes. If he comes here and then decides he doesn’t want to be here and goes July 1, that’s a double-whammy. It’s a scary situation.”
-John Davidson, President of the St. Louis Blues. More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat including Ed Belfour resigns from his part-time goaltending consultant position with the Blues.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Andrew Ebbett left the arena tonight in a neck brace because of neck, back and shoulder spasms after T.J. Oshie, who scored the lone goal 26 seconds into the third, executed a textbook slewfoot. Referees Kevin Pollock and Ian Walsh didn’t think so. If they did, Oshie would have gotten a match penalty and the Wild a five-minute power play in a 1-0 deficit.
One of the most dangerous hits I’ve seen. Oshie grabbed across Ebbett’s chest, swept his legs out from under him and Ebbett’s head slammed against the ice while he crashed into the boards. Ebbett tried to soften the blow with his shoulders and back, he said, which is why he thinks he’s paying the price now. Better than head smacking directly against the ice, however.
more on the Wild loss to the Blues last night…
from Michael of The Common Room,
David Backes is an American professional hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues. On New Years, David had the privilege to be named to the USA Olympic Hockey Team.
Since then, he has shown what it means to be a true American hero.
The night after he was named to the Olympic Roster, Backes and the Blues took on the Chicago Blackhawks. During that game, David fought Canadian Olympian Jonathan Toews.
No official word from the Blues on the condition of Tkachuk.
I take pride in the fact that the building is full all the time,” Murray said. “You look at the development of the young players. Look at some of the guys and the (Olympic) recognition they’ve gotten recently. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my job. It’s a tough job to lose, but I’m appreciative. I don’t blame the players. It’s my job to get wins. I didn’t get enough of them.
-Ex Blues Coach Andy Murray. More on Murray from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy,
Blues management decided to move in a new direction for the second half of this season.
But that new direction should be the old direction, the path John Davidson and Co. originally embarked on after Dave Checketts bought the team.
The Blues should use the second half of this season to renew the organization’s commitment to player development. Under new coach Davis Payne — up from the Peoria Rivermen — the Blues should focus on getting the most from all the young talent on the depth chart.
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach. Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties.
“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson. “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.
“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around. He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The club fell to 0-3 on a four-game home stand and 5-13-3 at Scottrade Center, where they also surrendered a 3-0 lead to Edmonton in a 5-3 loss Dec. 11.
“We’ve been here before and they all hurt,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “I don’t qualify losses. This hurts just like every loss that we’ve had.”
Murray wore a bullish expression after the game, saying countless times in his postgame press conference that the Blues would only focus on gearing up for Chicago at home on Saturday. But the mood in the locker room was one of disbelief, as players wondered how it could happen again.
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