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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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Introducing The Blues New Ownership Group

St. Louis – The St. Louis Blues have been purchased by an all-local group led by Tom Stillman, previously a minority owner of the club.  The new ownership group includes several prominent business and civic leaders.

“We are honored and humbled to take ownership of the St. Louis Blues,” said Stillman.  “Our new ownership group is 100 percent local, and we are 100 percent committed to the Blues and to St. Louis.  We see the Blues as an important civic institution, and we know what the Blue Note means to this city and to the best fans in the NHL.”

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The Better Team Won

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The St. Louis Blues didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse for their second-round elimination.

To a man, they stated that the Kings were simply the better team.

But starting with a suspected knee injury that star blueliner Alex Pietrangelo tried to play through and being without No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak for most of the playoffs with a suspected ankle injury, it’s clear the Blues were a beat-up bunch.

“We’ll let the injury stuff come out over the next couple of days,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. “But, it’s not great.”

Captain David Backes also played through some sort of stomach ailment, but he didn’t feel like going there either Sunday.

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added 9:11pm, Below, find 2 videos, first is Ken Hitchcock post-game and 2nd is Darryl Sutter post-game… Please note, you may have to wait for the video to load, once you see a picture of the coach, hit play.  NHL.com must be getting hit hard with video requests.

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The Los Angeles Kings Advance To The Western Conference Finals

The LA Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1 and win the series 4-0 and become the first team to advance to the Conference Finals.

The Blues head home and can only think what could have been.

Here’s the winning goal by Dustin Brown…

added 6:55pm. Watch a video below of the Kings celebration and handshake line as an extra benefit, some of the players words are picked up too…

added 7:11pm A second video added below, the Kings in their dressing room post-game…

 

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Blues May Have Met Their Match

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

This is not a series being won with skill and strategy, but rather with hunger and discipline, which is all the more frustrating for a team that lived on those qualities all year long.

Being beaten at your own game is no fun.

“I think the frustration is we’re getting done to us what we’ve done to teams all year,” said Hitchcock. “We were frustrating the opposition, discouraging them. Now we’re getting it done to us and we didn’t react very well.

“We have to learn to fight through this stuff. I think we’ve gotten discouraged at times and got off the plan at times because of it.”

While the Blues are talking about how they’re beating themselves, how they still haven’t played their best game, most impartial observers believe the reason for LA’s 3-0 in simple: The Kings are a better team.

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