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Halak Should Be Cleared For Activity Soon

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

Three months after Halak left the ice in Game 2 of the Blues’ series against San Jose, he is still not 100 percent recovered from teammate Barret Jackman inadvertently barreling into him in the crease.

The Blues referred to it only as a lower-body injury during the playoffs and ruled Halak out two games at a time to avoid distraction. But following the club’s second-round loss to Los Angeles, team officials acknowledged that Halak had suffered a high-ankle sprain on his left leg.

The injury, which has a history of lingering on with professional athletes, is defined as a “disruption of thick connective tissue between the tibia and fibula above the ankle joint.”

In June, the Blues listed “early July” as the target for Halak to be cleared for activity, but now Saturday is the date that has been set for him to be cleared for activity.

“He’s still experiencing a little bit of ... I don’t want to say pain, but a little discomfort when he does some movement,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said.

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If you need a refresher on how the injury occurred, you can watch it below…

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Blues Sign Langenbrunner And Trade B.J. Crombeen To Tampa Bay

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

“We are excited that Jamie has agreed to stay in St. Louis,” said Armstrong.  “His professionalism and leadership both on and off the ice are invaluable assets for our club.”

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has traded forward B.J. Crombeen and their fifth round pick in the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the Lightning’s fourth round pick in both the 2013 and 2014 Entry Drafts.

“I would like to thank BJ and his wife, Janet, for their time here in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “BJ gave us everything he had on the ice and along with his wife, was very active in our community.”

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Brenden Morrow May Soon Be Traded

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

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has acknowledged being involved in trade talks recently and now those discussions could be leading to a deal soon.

The Blues have prioritized adding a top-four defenseman this offseason, and after failing to land one in free agency, the trade route may be the club’s only option. But while that search continues, Armstrong might have found a veteran forward to add to the mix.

Dallas captain Brenden Morrow is believed to be available and it appears that the Blues have interest. They may not be the only team asking about Morrow, as the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings may also be in contact with the Stars.

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Darren Pang Staying In St. Louis

from Don Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The vast majority of Pang’s pay comes from Fox Sports Midwest, with the rest from the club, and he decided to continue rather than take an offer from Canadian network TSN to be an analyst on its national coverage of the league.

“I was really happy that (Blues and FSM officials) stepped up,’’ Pang said, adding that the TSN people “were really good because they knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis — but they did present something very good to me. But I really enjoy it here. And it was important to me that our producer (Tim Pabst) and director (Phil Mollica) here were locked in to multiyear deals. We’re a close-knit group. That’s John Kelly. That’s Bernie Federko. That’s the whole team I’m talking about.

“In any business, when you do have leverage, you’re not trying to trick anybody,’’ he added. “I did have something else. But Bruce Affleck really’’ took charge in getting the team and FSM together.

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David Perron Signs Four-Year Deal With Blues

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

“We’re excited to have David in the fold for the next four years,” said Armstrong.  “He made a great comeback by scoring 21 goals in 57 games.  We’re comfortable with his health, and we’re confident that he will continue to build on his offense.”

“I love the city of St. Louis and I’m thrilled to play in front of these awesome fans for another four years,” said Perron.  “We had an excellent regular season but we all feel this team has so much more to accomplish.”

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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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