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St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal.
“We are excited to have Jay in our core group of young players,” said Davidson. “He will provide some stability and experience on the penalty kill and we are expecting his offensive numbers to improve with the more ice-time he gets.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have been especially careful, adding depth defenseman Mike Weaver to offset the loss of Matt Walker. The team also extended an offer sheet to Canucks restricted free agent Steve Bernier, a pointed payback for Vancouver’s bid on David Backes.
But there are always several GMs out to make a splash. Some are new to their job. Others are fighting to keep their gigs.
Some represent new owners seeking to start their run with some style. And there are always a few big-market GMs with money to burn.
read on plus a look at some of the moves that have been made in the NHL…
via press release:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Yan Stastny to a two-year deal.
“Yan can play many roles within our organization,” said Davidson. “He has skill, is great at faceoffs and can kill penalties.”
Update 2:02am July 4th— Stastny’s 08/09 salary is being listed at $710,000. No figure available for year two.
NHL.com provides a a selection of articles rounding up all the latest happenings in the Central Division. Articles posted today include:
“Davidson Sees the Blues Making Strides” by Mike G. Morreale
“Blackhawks a Team on the Rise” by Brian Compton
“Jackets Still Seeking Elusive Playoff Berth” by Mike G. Morreale
“Wings Dominated en Route to Stanley Cup” by Brian Compton
“Despite Ouster, Reasons for Preds to be Proud” by Mike G. Morreale
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. :Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues plan to be fiscally responsible again this year. They signed free agent Paul Kariya to a three-year, $18 million contract last season but don’t plan to be as busy on July 1. The club is sticking with its plan of building from within.
“I think we’re going to be pretty quiet ... but you never know,” Checketts said. “What I don’t want to do is prevent somebody from getting some (ice) time out there that is going to grow and really develop into a player.”
The Blues had a payroll of $45 million last season with a $50.3 million cap, and they have committed about $48 million toward next season.
from the Nashville Predators,
The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.
“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”
added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.
“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘
Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
The Blues will likely target a backup goalie with NHL experience. Recent trade rumors had them linked with Ottawa goalie Ray Emery and Nashville’s Dan Ellis, so a draft-day deal could be a possibility.
“I think a lot of that will develop once free agency hits,” Davidson said. “You can go and make a trade and get somebody here, that means you’re giving up an asset.
“Or you can see what’s there July 1, and see if you can make a deal.”
Davidson said the ideal candidate would get 20 to 25 games, with Legace handling the bulk of the workload.
From Jeff Gordon at STLtoday.com,
[Doug] Weight is looking to play another year and St. Louis has become home. Is there a fit here?
Maybe, maybe not. I recall that Weight was unhappy with how coach Andy Murray was using him last season, before his deal. Murray saw Weight as more of a role player at this late stage of his career, a designation that Weight resisted.
But if Doug did return to the Blues as a free agent, he would have to embrace a third- or fourth-line assignment if the lines fell that way.
more on the Blues summer priorities
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Once upon a time, the Blues and Red Wings had a pretty spirited rivalry.
Once upon a time, St. Louis possessed a more consistently competitive team than Detroit did.
More recently, though, the Red Wings have operated a juggernaut while the Blues struggled through an ownership change and the first prolonged funk in franchise history. While the Red Wings added more banners to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the Blues started over from scratch.
It hasn’t been a happy time for local hockey fans. Watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Co. hoist the Cup, again, had to be galling for those who bleed Blues
But you had to be happy for former Blues captain Dallas Drake, right?
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