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Watching The Blues

(ST. LOUIS) – The Blues’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators Monday night registered as the highest-rated regular season Blues telecast ever on FOX Sports Midwest. The game generated a 7.4 household rating in the St. Louis DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That easily tops the previous regular season high of 6.3 set March 13, 2012 at Chicago.

Monday's telecast peaked at a 9.1 rating (113,000 households) during the shootout. The Blues Live postgame show followed with an impressive 4.7 rating.

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Evening Line

“He’s been kicked down and stepped on and now it’s about how he responds to it. If he’s the kindof person I think he is, he’s going to respond very well.”

-Larry Robinson, asst. coach of the San Jose Sharks on Scott Gomez.  The quote is via the Mercury News but Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal used it in his column on Scott Gomex and Wade Redden.

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Blues Agree To Deal With Redden

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced the club has reached a deal, in principal, with defenseman Wade Redden today.  Terms of the contract are for one-year and $800,000.

“Wade is a solid two-way defenseman,” said Armstrong.  “We believe his experience will complement and add stability to our defensive core.”

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Pietrangelo’s Stock Continues To Rise

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

In a league where franchise defensemen are the gold standard, the St. Louis Blues have one of the NHL's most valuable assets in Alex Pietrangelo.

Pietrangelo turns 22 today. His elite performance forces opposing teams to account for him every time he is on the ice.

"The second half of last season, he played with a target," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said of Pietrangelo, who wedged himself into Norris Trophy consideration by scoring 12 goals and 51 points. He played upwards of 25 minutes a night for a team that finished second overall in the league standings.

"Like a Nick Lidstrom, like a Ray Bourque, like Shea Weber, he's going to have that target now for the rest of his career so he's going to have to learn to protect himself," Armstrong said. "He's a player that when you play against the St. Louis Blues, he's circled.


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Blues Thinking Stanley Cup

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

If the Blues felt that way then, how do you think they feel now that the season is finally starting Saturday? They were primed to contend already because of their hunger and improved health, and the lockout should work to their advantage because of their continuity, structure, depth and goaltending. They are set up for this 48-game sprint in the West like the New York Rangers are in the East.

The goal is no longer growth. When the Blues announced a five-year extension Wednesday for Doug Armstrong, the NHL’s reigning general manager of the year, Armstrong said in a statement that Hitchcock and his staff "believe we have constructed the foundation necessary to compete year in and year out and deliver St. Louis its first Stanley Cup."

The Blues know what it takes. They know because after Hitchcock took over a 6-7-0 team and turned it into a 49-22-11 team, good for 109 points and second place in the West, they ran into the Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

And they got swept.

read on

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Video- Top 10 Goals/Saves In The Central Division Last Season

Just getting you prepared for the puck dropping on Saturday...


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Questions For The Central Division

from NHL.com,

The Chicago Blackhawks put up 101 points last season, good enough to be one of 10 teams in the NHL to crack the century mark. It didn't matter because, for the second straight season since winning the Stanley Cup, they were knocked off in the first round of the playoffs. The good thing for the Blackhawks is unlike in 2010-11, the season after a summer of being crushed by salary-cap constraints, they feel they know exactly what went wrong last season.

1. Will the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery be good enough?

Crawford won 30 games last season, but it was a struggle as he allowed three or more goals in 27 of his 57 appearances in the regular season and in five of his six appearances in the playoffs. Instead of building on a strong finish to the 2010-11 season, he went backward with a 2.72 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and zero shutouts in 57 appearances.

Emery wasn't any better with a 2.81 GAA and .900 save percentage in 34 appearances. Crawford was supposed to cement himself as the clear-cut No. 1 in Chicago, but he hasn't done that yet. It appears he'll be given another chance this season to become that guy.

2. Is Patrick Kane going to mature and have a bounce-back season?

read on

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Evening Line

"Us older guys who have been around a while, we recognize what the game has given us, which is a heck of a living and heck of a life. There comes a time when you’re afraid for the game. The thing that is unique about hockey players is that they’re like the kid next door. They play the game for the right reason. They put everything on the line for two months to compete for the Cup when their salaries are finished. They compete for the right reasons. You never want to destroy that. It’s unique to our sport. Every spring is about that charm. We don’t ever want to see that get lost. That’s the fear about reading about a lockout every day, that becomes more dominant than the reasons why the boys really play hockey. Now we have to earn it all back."

-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN in an article titled, Lockout damage will take a long time to fix.

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Blues Officially Say Goodbye To Davidson

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman and Blues President John Davidson announced today that Davidson has decided to depart from the organization and move on to the next stage of his Hall of Fame career. 

“We would like to thank JD for his commitment and dedication to the Blues organization over the past six seasons,” said Stillman.  “He has been instrumental in revitalizing the Blues franchise and has built a strong foundation for our organization, which will ensure the club’s success well into the future.  He has also developed one of the top teams in the game today.  JD has played a critical role in reconnecting the franchise with Blues fans and the entire St. Louis community, and he is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term, personally and professionally.  JD and his wife, Diana, have been deeply involved in the community, and they have represented the Blue Note with honor and class.  We wish JD, Diana, and their daughters, Lindsay and Ashley, great health, happiness, and success in their future endeavors.  We will always consider them part of the Blues family.”  

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Will The Blues Manage Without Davidson?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Will St. Louis be the same without Davidson? Presumably, for a while, they’ll manage just fine. The hockey operations department remains strong. You’d have to think that the Blues’ best young players - defencemen Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk; forwards T. J. Oshie and David Perron - have some upside and thus can still get better.

But sometimes, the sort of convivial, understated aw-shucks leadership style that Davidson embraces is a difficult act to duplicate. Cliff Fletcher had it down too. They made coming to work not seem like work at all. Not everyone can manage that trick. It requires a certain amount of personal charm to pull it off properly.

They had a pretty good going in St. Louis, this last little while, and some of the credit had to go to Davidson, the man in charge of the whole shebang. It’s hard to imagine why the new ownership fronted by Tom Stillman, who was formerly a minority owner of the team, felt they needed to make a change.


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