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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Jamie Langenbrunner on injured reserve. Langenbrunner suffered a broken bone in his left foot Sunday in Chicago and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Langenbrunner, 36, has posted 21 points including four goals and 17 assists in 57 games with the Blues this season. The 6’1, 202-pound forward is just eight games shy of becoming the 21st American-born player in NHL history to reach 1,100 games played.
Final score 4-0 for the Blues.
Things got rough when Cal Clutterbuck received 2 for boarding late in the 2nd period.
The 3rd period brought more rough play…
If McDonald can find his game quickly, it would help the Blues where they need the help the most, offensive production.
Darren Dreger of TSN answers some emails,
I keep reading Jack Johnson’s name in trade rumours from various sites (probably guys who don’t really have any insight posting for conversation). Is there actually a chance L.A. would be shopping Johnson? Also, I’ve read St. Louis is seeking a Top 6 playmaker, any chance of them acquiring one?
What are your thoughts?
A: Warren, there’s no reason to believe Los Angeles is shopping Jack Johnson and based on recent dealings I’ve had with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, he’s tired of all speculation. It’s believed Lombardi would like to add a forward and the names of Carter, Hemsky, Huselius, MacArthur and Kulemin are considered potential candidates, but Lombardi is one of the more unpredictable GMs, so zeroing in on a specific target is a tricky business. As for St. Louis, Blues GM Doug Armstrong goes about the hunt in a somewhat sleuth-like fashion. We know St. Louis would like to add a defenceman and if there is an affordable upgrade to his top six available, I’m sure it will be considered. But as I said, Armstrong is masterful at staying under the radar and is always a prime suspect when we start hearing the rumblings a blockbuster may be in the works.
more Q & A…
Sometimes there is no conclusive video evidence to reverse the on-ice call.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Hedberg said he stood up on the Polak shot because it appeared to be going high.
“It’s deflected and it goes in and my initial reaction was that I thought it was a high stick, but I guess it wasn’t,” Hedberg said.
The officials on the ice called it a good goal, which meant that when it went to the video review in the NHL Situation Room in Toronto, there had to be conclusive video evidence that Berglund deflected the puck above the cross bar for the goal to be disallowed.
The official ruling from the NHL Situation Room was that there was no such clear video evidence of a high stick.
Jaroslav Halak with another shutout, which I believe makes 4 in his last 7 starts, but don’t quote me on that.
Some of the beauties from last night. many which included and active left pad.
from of Yahoo,
Sometime after 6:30 p.m., Hitchcock called from his car – probably somewhere on I-70 or I-71 – as he made the seven-hour drive from his last stop in Columbus, Ohio, to what would be his renaissance in St. Louis. They spoke for about an hour.
Hitchcock told (David) Backes he put a lot of trust in his captains and expected a lot of them, too. He told him to lead by example, to try to inspire others to follow, to make sure the Blues were tough to play against, to never give anyone free ice. He explained what had to change immediately and what would take time.
“It was a good conversation, time well spent,” Backes said. “As you can see, the results have proven themselves.”
The Blues beat the Blackhawks that Tuesday night, 3-0. They have gone 23-6-7 since Hitchcock’s arrival. They’re in the thick of the NHL’s toughest division – heading into Friday’s action they are six points behind the league-leading Detroit Red Wings, one point behind the Nashville Predators and tied with the Blackhawks, with three games in hand on all three of them.
And Backes has been a big key.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
This is the story of a hockey team so hot, that if it resided in Canada we would know its roster from lines one through four, and three pairings deep.
Instead however, the St. Louis Blues reside in anonymity in the Midwest, quietly rolling along in an arena that’s on its third name, under ownership that has been trying to sell off part of the team for so long that now it might settle for selling it to itself….
Here are some fast facts to chew on:
—St. Louis is 21-3-3 at home this season, best in the NHL. (Can you even name their arena?). They’re on a 13-0-2 run at home, where they haven’t lost since Dec. 3.
—The Blues allowed a third period goal in a 4-2 win over Buffalo Saturday, (the first in 11 games). (There was one in an overtime loss to Vancouver Jan. 12.)
—St. Louis has four shutouts in its last seven games, and is 9-0-1 versus the Eastern conference this season, including wins in Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington and Florida.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A group led by Blues minority owner Tom Stillman has signed a purchase agreement to buy the club, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
The Blues and Stillman must now complete the sale and have it approved by the NHL, a process that could take several weeks. The league’s Board of Governors will meet Jan. 28 in Ottawa during the all-star festivities, but it’s expected that only an update on the Blues’ situation would be discusssed, not a vote.
The step of Stillman’s group signing a purchase agreement comes 2 1/2 weeks after the NHL terminated a purchase agreement between the Blues and Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. The league then granted Stillman an exclusive negotiating window, leading to today’s news of a signed purchase agreement.
The price of the package, which includes the Blues, the team’s top minor-league affiliate in Peoria, Ill., the Scottrade Center lease and significant interest in the Peabody Opera House, is expected to be approximately $130-135 million.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club signed All-Star goaltender Brian Elliott to a two-year contract.
“Brian came in here and helped stabilize our goaltending and make it one of the top tandems in the NHL,” said Armstrong. “Our goaltending is set having Brian and Jaro signed through the 2013-14 season. Along with Ben Bishop and Jake Allen in Peoria, our depth at goaltender has never been stronger.”
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