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Blues Sign Crombeen to 2-Year Extension

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension.

“B.J. has been a true professional for the Blues organization on and off the ice,” said Armstrong.  “His gritty play and leadership qualities fit in well with our mix of players.”

Crombeen, 25, has spent the majority of the past three seasons with the Blues including playing in a career high 80 games in 2010-11 recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 154 penalty minutes.  Overall, the 6’2, 214-pound forward has appeared in 248 games in his four-year National Hockey League (NHL) career totaling 53 points (26 goals, 27 assists) to go along with 509 penalty minutes.

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Blues Name Tim Taylor As Director of Player Development

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Tim Taylor as Director of Player Development.

“Tim brings a wealth of experience to our club with over 700 NHL games under his belt,” said Armstrong.  “His success as a two-time Stanley Cup winner gives him a unique perspective to pass on to our young players.” 

Taylor, 42, retired from the National Hockey League (NHL) following the 2007-08 season after a 13-year career including stints with Detroit, Boston, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay where he was named the franchise’s eighth captain in September of 2006.  The Stratford, Ontario native appeared in 746 regular season games during his career recording 167 points (73 goals, 94 assists) and 433 penalty minutes as well as 89 playoff games tallying 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and serving 73 penalty minutes.  Taylor is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion winning with both Detroit in 1997 and Tampa Bay in 2004.

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Blues Expect To Be An Improved Team

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

“We should be better,” Davidson said. “Last year was, I hope, just a real strange set of circumstances that we can put behind us. If we add a couple of pieces (this summer), if they’re intelligent pieces, there’s absolutely no reason we shouldn’t compete.”
That’s why he wanted to stay.
Asked what it would feel like to watch the Blues succeed from afar, he said, “That would just drive me nuts. I want to see Patrik Berglund in two or three years. I can just see what Alex Pietrangelo is going to be ... same for a lot of these guys. We’ve got some talent here, and these guys are getting close, and I want to be part of it.
“I know it’s the players the people come to watch. The franchise is the St. Louis Blues. It’s not Dave Checketts or John Davidson or anybody else. It’s the Blues’ players and Blues’ history. From our fans to our players to our coaches to our management, we’ve gone through a lot of growing pains. We haven’t gotten there. But if this team ever jumps that hurdle, this place will go crazy. That’s my dream. I could go back to television possibly, but I wouldn’t have that dream.”

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Blues Re-Sign Vladimir Sobotka

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year contract extension. 

“Vlady is a hard-nosed two-way player that filled many roles for us last season,” said Armstrong.  “His work ethic is an excellent representation of our organization.”

Sobotka, 23, completed his fourth NHL season and first with the Blues in 2010-11 setting career highs in games played (65), points (29), goals (7), assists (22) and penalty minutes (69).  The 5’10”, 190-pound forward has appeared in 199 games during his four-year NHL career accumulating 51 points including 13 goals and 38 assists to go along with 133 penalty minutes.

added 1:36pm, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Sobotka extension is $3.9 million total. He will make $1.2, $1.3, $1.4 over the next three years.

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Blues Extend Polak

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Roman Polak to a five-year contract extension. 

“We believe Roman is one of the top defensive defensemen in the league who plays against the opposing team’s best players night after night,” said Armstrong.  “He’s one of our top penalty killers who is just reaching the prime of his career and we’re happy to have him in the fold for the next five years.”

Polak, 25, played in 55 games this past season, recording 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and 33 penalty minutes.  The 6’1”, 227-pound defenseman has played in 227 career National Hockey League (NHL) games, all with the Blues, posting 49 points (eight goals, 41 assists) along with 143 penalty minutes. 

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Blues Extend Patrik Berglund

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Patrik Berglund to a two-year contract extension. 

“Patrik took his game to another level this season and followed it up with an outstanding performance in the World Championships,” said Armstrong.  “We expect him to be a major component of the Blues and continue to advance in this league.”

Berglund, 22, completed his third season with the Blues in 2010-11 setting career highs in games played (81), points (52), goals (22) and assists (30) in addition to leading the club with a career best eight power play goals.  The Vasteras, Sweden native also earned the Silver Medal with Team Sweden and was named to the tournament All-Star Team at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.  Berglund dressed in nine games and ranked second among all skaters in points (10), goals (8) and plus/minus (+7).

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John Davidson Gets Multi-Year Extension with Blues

ST. LOUIS - SCP Worldwide and St. Louis Blues Chairman, Dave Checketts announced today that the club has signed John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations, to a multi-year contract extension.  As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“John was our first hire as an ownership group” said Checketts.  “We believed then and still believe now in his ability to rekindle the passion of the Blues in St. Louis. Along the way John has played a lead role in helping to rebuild the St. Louis Blues both on and off the ice.  He became the face of the franchise at a time when it was dearly needed and his hands have been on the wheel steering it in the right direction ever since. We feel that we have one of the preeminent front offices in the National Hockey League and that The Blues are now well positioned for long term success.  Congratulations to John and Diana and thank you for all you have brought to St. Louis.”

 

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Blues Like Halak, Could Ask For Better Numbers

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

When an NHL season wraps up, the head coach meets with individual players to discuss their performance over the last seven months. In those “exit” interviews, the way a player believes he performed, and the way a coach saw it, can be two contrasting opinions.

Blues coach Davis Payne is glad it wasn’t that way with goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

“I had a great conversation with Jaro about his year, how he felt it went, where are the areas of concern that we would have … and they matched up,” Payne said.

In his first full season as a No. 1 NHL goaltender, and with a new team in a new conference, Halak went 27-21-7 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Payne and Halak agreed that while those numbers weren’t disappointing, they could improve next season by better handling the mental grind of being the starter and by understanding the difference in the style of play in the Western Conference.

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Blues Will Stick With Their Young Core

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

...Blues general manager Doug Armstrong emphasized one thing above all else. “Unfortunately, we’ve got a lot of time on our hands,” Armstrong said.

Now that the Blues’ season is over, Armstrong has several months to tackle some key issues facing the club. He addressed many of them in a wide-ranging conversation with reporters.

The Blues finished with a record of 38-33-11, and while they missed the playoffs by 10 points, Armstrong believes many of the pieces are in place heading into next season.

“The nucleus of our team moving forward is here right now,” he said. “We’re going to continue with this group the way it’s constructed. What I saw this year is ... when we sustained long-term injuries, we didn’t have the depth. It wasn’t the (lack of) depth in the minor leagues. It was probably the depth at the NHL level to go up the lineup. If we can add some depth, that’s one area that we’ll look at.”

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Video- T.J. Oshie With The Goal Of The Night?

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