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New Blues’ Owner Talks Cap And Contending

from Jeremy Rutherord of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,

Tom Stillman has been owner of the Blues for less than two months, but he acknowledges that the astronomical increase creates issues for his club, which under previous ownership had the eighth-lowest payroll in the league ($54.9 million) last season.

“As the cap keeps going up, it makes it more difficult for a mid-market team to be competitive —that’s kind of stating the obvious,” Stillman said. “You have the revenues of a minority of the markets — the larger markets that are pulling that up because their revenue bases are so large — and yet we’re all subject to that same structure. It just makes it harder for a mid-market team to compete with the Torontos and the Montreals and the Philadelphias.

“I don’t see us being a cap team any time soon, but we definitely can compete — if I thought we couldn’t put a contending team on the ice, I wouldn’t have done this.”

But Sunday, the first day of NHL free agency, will bring the single strongest reminder of the separation between the large markets and the rest of the league. It’s an already thin field of blockbuster free agents this year, but if New Jersey forward Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter reach unrestricted free-agent status Sunday as expected, one can see several deep-pocket franchises being among the first in line to make a face-to-face pitch for their services.

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Blues Sign Scott Nichol

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Nichol to a one-year contract. 

“We are pleased to have Scott back in the fold for next year,” said Armstrong.  “His work ethic and professionalism are second to none and he serves as an excellent role model for our young core.”

Nichol, 37, appeared in 80 games with the Blues last season posting eight points (three goals, five assists) and 83 penalty minutes while leading the club with a 57.6% face-off win percentage.  The 5’9”, 180-pound forward is a veteran of 12 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons amassing 126 points (55 goals, 71 assists) and 891 penalty minutes in 632 career regular season games.  Nichol has also recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and 76 penalty minutes in 49 career playoff games. 

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Blues Extend The Contract Of Ken Hitchcock

(ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2013-14 season. Contract has an option for 2014-15 season that will be jointly decided on.

“Ken came in and immediately steadied our group and was able to get each one of our players to elevate their game,” said Armstrong. “He still has the passion and drive to be a Head Coach in this league and is committed to taking this team to the next level.”

“I feel like we are putting together a quality program here,” said Hitchcock. “We had a good year finishing where we did in the standings (tied for 2nd in NHL with 109 points) but this club is not satisfied with our ending and firmly believes we have great things to come.”

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Blues Now Know What It Takes To Win

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

Last week, I sat down with Hitch and talked to him about the Blues’ playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the need for a playmaker at center, Chris Stewart and potential line combinations. Here are some highlights from the interview…

Hitchcock said that watching the LA Kings go on to win the Stanley Cup didn’t take away any of the sting in losing to the Kings in the second round. But it did help the Blues realize the level they need to reach. “Every player that I’ve talked to feels that there’s another gear in us, and we can get to that gear now that we have that experience,” Hitchcock said. “I think what really showed in the playoffs was that we were inexperienced at the level of commitment necessary to win against a really good team. The temperature of the games went up and we hadn’t been involved in anything like that before. It was like ‘on-the-job training.’ Now we know what it’s like and our players won’t be surprised by it.”

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Jackman Signs Three-Year Contract With Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed Barret Jackman to a three-year contract.

“Barret has been a solid leader for our club, on and off the ice, and we’re happy to have him in the fold for the next three years,” said Armstrong.  “He’s a staple of the organization and the community and his positive influence on our young core has and will remain an invaluable asset.”

“St. Louis is our home and my family and I are excited to be staying,” said Jackman.  “I am proud of the progress we made this season but our fans deserve a championship and our team will not be satisfied until we achieve that goal.”

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Blues Re-Sign Stewart

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the club has signed Chris Stewart to a one-year contract.

Stewart, 24, appeared in 79 regular season games for the Blues last season posting 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) and a career high 109 penalty minutes while also tallying two goals and 12 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

Since joining the club in February of 2011, the 6’2, 232-pound forward has dressed in 105 games for the Blues totaling 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists) and 124 penalty minutes.

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Ian Laperriere With His Retirement Announcement

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Ian Laperriere waited until after the Stanley Cup final ended, with the Los Angeles Kings on top, to announce something that was 2 years in the making.

Laperriere, 38, officially announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday. He spent the last two seasons of his contract working with the Flyers’ prospects in a coaching role after being sidelined with post-concussion syndrome.

Laperriere spent just one season in a Flyers uniform but will go down as one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his sacrifice, dedication and passion.

“I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the Orange and Black,” Laperriere said in a conference call with reporters. “It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that’s probably one of my biggest regrets: not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization.”

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Columbus Shows Interest In John Davidson

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

John Davidson, president of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues, interviewed last week for an executive-level position with the Blue Jackets, The Dispatch has learned via NHL sources.

Davidson, 59, was in Columbus on May 29 to interview with Blue Jackets’ majority owner John P. McConnell and club president Mike Priest.

Neither McConnell nor Priest would comment on the club’s interest in Davidson last week when The Dispatch requested an interview. Through a club spokesman, McConnell said that his franchise will continue to “pursue every opportunity to improve as a hockey club.”

It’s unclear what role Davidson might fill with the Blue Jackets, or how his addition would affect the role of Priest, or others. In St. Louis, he presided over an experienced and accomplished hockey operations staff, but Columbus has one of the most inexperienced front offices in the NHL.

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John Davidson Wants To Stay In St. Louis, But Will He?

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

For years, Blues President John Davidson told fans to “Come grow with us.” Now, with new ownership in place, the question going around the organization is whether Davidson will continue to grow with the Blues.

Tom Stillman, whose group took control of the club May 10, is the middle of determining the structure of the Blues’ front office, and despite the fact that Davidson just finished the first year of a four-year contract, there are no assurances he will remain with the team.

In fact, Davidson has a “window” in his deal, which triggered when the ownership change took place and opened for an unspecified limited time, allowing him to seek employment outside of the organization.

Davidson stressed that his preference is to stay put — “We thoroughly enjoy St. Louis; it’s been great to us,” he said — but with the uncertainty of Stillman’s plans and the window closing at a time that Davidson chose not to disclose, he may soon be checking his options.

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Scott Mellanby Leaving Blues Organization

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues Assistant Coach Scott Mellanby will depart from the organization to explore other career opportunities.

“We thank Scott for his hard work and dedication in our organization over the past two seasons,” said Armstrong.  “He is a true professional and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.” 

“I would like to thank the Blues organization for giving me the opportunity to coach in the National Hockey League,” said Mellanby.  “After two years of coaching I realize my passion is in the hockey operations department which I would like to pursue.  I have enjoyed my time here as a player and as a coach and wish nothing but the best for the Blues and their fans.”

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