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Video- Hitchcock Unhappy With Ruutu Hit On McDonald

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

Blues left winger Andy McDonald suffered a right shoulder injury in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Carolina and did not return.

“He has a shoulder injury ... we’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDonald was hit by Carolina’s Tuomu Ruutu and crashed awkwardly into boards with about 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the period. He lay on the ice briefly before rising to his feet and heading to the locker room.

Blues captain David Backes gave Ruutu a push after the play. There was no penalty called, much to Hithcock’s unsatisfaction.

“I didn’t like the hit,” Hitchcock “I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it’s a suspension or not, who knows? But that’s what’s wrong with our game. The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It’s a real tough play in hockey.”

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Blues’ Sale May Be Done In A Few Weeks

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

The sale to a group led by club minority owner Tom Stillman recently has made substantial progress, and the expectations are that a deal might be closed in a matter of weeks.

The NHL, which seized control of the Blues from former chairman Dave Checketts, is running the sale process. In late January, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the target for completion was March. And though the process might not be wrapped up by the end of the month, he remains confident that the sides are nearing an agreement.

“We remain singularly focussed on Tom Stillman completing his proposed transaction to purchase the St. Louis Blues’ franchise,” Daly wrote in an email to the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. “The process is progressing positively, and we have no reason to think that it won’t get done in the relatively near future.”

Meanwhile, multiple sources said that Stillman’s group has plans, though not finalized, to bring in Blues’ Hall of Famer Brett Hull in a managerial position. It’s also believed that Blues President John Davidson and general manager Doug Armstrong would remain on board.

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The Blues Team

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

As the red numbers hit 9:00 on the digital wall clock that counts down to the opening face-off against the Blackhawks on March 6, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, trailed by his assistants, enters the dressing room. He issues reminders (“Don’t get [caught] stickhandling and making ‘hope-for’ plays”) and ticks off the Chicago starters, each of whom is greeted with derisive hoots (“Sucks!” “Loser!”). Now the coach yields to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, whom he has entrusted this night with the duty of introducing the players who will start for St. Louis.

“In goal, our guy Jaro.” Jaroslav Halak….

“Right wing, Chief Running Water, T.J. Oshie.” Oshie is one quarter Ojibwe.

“At center the best dog rescuer in Houston, David Backes.” The St. Louis captain flew to Texas during the January All-Star break to rescue three strays, which he brought back to a nearby animal shelter.

“And by special request, the only guy I know ballsy enough to call out a Norris Trophy winner, and he’s been popping his collar ever since, Ian Cole.” (Cheers. Laughter.) Cole, a defenseman who’s playing for the second time since Jan. 16, chirped Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom via Twitter a year ago.

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Jaden Schwartz Signed By The Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed their first overall draft pick in 2010, Jaden Schwartz, to an entry level contract.  Schwartz will join the Blues in Chicago when they visit the Blackhawks tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m CT.

“Jaden had an excellent college career and we are excited that he is ready to make the jump to the NHL,” said Armstrong.  “He will add depth to the skill level on our team and give us some options as we begin this stretch drive.”

“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NHL and I’m excited to be able to do it as a St. Louis Blue,” said Schwartz.  “The Blues are having a terrific season and I will do whatever they need me to do to contribute.”

Schwartz, 19, is currently in his sophomore season at Colorado College leading the Tigers with 41 points including 15 goals and 26 assists in 30 games.  During his freshman year, the 5’10, 193-pound forward posted 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists) in 30 games leading the nation in freshman scoring average with 1.56 points per game.

The Wilcox, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 14th overall, of the 2010 Entry Draft.

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Video- How Good Was Halak Last Night?

Some saves from yesterday’s game against Columbus, including a couple of 2-on-0 rushes.

In his last ten starts, Jaroslav Halak has not allowed more than 2 goals.

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Hitchcock Wants The Red Line Back Too

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

St. Louis Blues coach Hitchcock won’t be at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., this week discussing rule changes, but he has coached with and without a red line through his 1,097 games and he’d like it back in.

“With a red line it forces more of a puck-control game through the neutral zone, rather than a dumpand-chase game,” said Hitchcock. “There’s no puck-possession now, but a red line would bring back the playmaking centre. The centre who buys space and time would be back. Those nifty guys we saw before, they’re not around much anymore.”

Hitchcock concedes the old days with a red-line often slowed the game down because they allowed clutching and grabbing. It became a plodding affair. “As long as they keep the standards up (no lassoing), it’ll be fine. It’s always hard changing the rules back, but I think the red line would work,” said Hitchcock.

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Rex Ryan With High Praise For The Blues

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

There was an unlikely visitor on the Blues’ bench at today’s morning skate. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan watched the team practice and spoke with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

“I said, ‘Man, you coach this team like a football team ... and that’s the truth,” Ryan said. “He spent a lot of time around football coaches as well. This is my first opportunity to be around a great hockey coach.

“Sport is sport, but you watch this (Blues) team and golly, this is what I want for our football team ... everybody buys in. They have one all-star and it’s the backup goalie, and here they are with the best record in hockey.”


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Blues PK Key To Their Success

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

In the last stretch of Blues’ games, a few of the NHL’s top players have failed to muster a shot on goal. Chicago’s Marian Hossa, San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin came up empty, while twin brother Daniel Sedin of the Canucks directed one puck toward the net.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock believes the reason is his team’s penalty-killing unit, which is guided by assistant coach Brad Shaw. The PK went into Thursday’s game against Anaheim with a streak of 32 straight kills over the past 11-plus games.

“The penalty killing has discouraged a lot of teams lately,” Hitchcock said. “I think it’s taken out the top players and discouraged them. When you kill penalties and you take out the top players, and they don’t get a bite on the game, they get discouraged and then I think the team loses energy.”


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Blues Continue To Cruise

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Today the St. Louis Blues sit atop the Western Conference standings with 91 points.

They lead the Central Division by two points over the injury-depleted Detroit Red Wings. They have an eight-point edge on the No. 5 team on this side of the league, the Nashville Predators

They are tied with the New York Rangers for the most points overall in the National Hockey League.

“It’s hard not to look at the standings and see where we are,” forward Andy McDonald said. “It’s exciting. We realize there is a lot of hard work left. More importantly, we have to make sure we’re getting our game to a spot where we’re ready for the playoffs and improving, not kind of coasting into the playoffs. We want to be playing at the top of our game.”

Right now they are. Tuesday night’s 5-1 victory was most convincing. The Blues toyed with the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, a recent vintage Stanley Cup champion.

They beat them every way possible — even strength, power play, penalty kill — while starting fast and finishing faster. The Blues were quicker, more skilled and more physical.


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Hitchcock Discusses His Coaching Style

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

It’s the ’99 Dallas Stars all over again, only they’ve moved to Missouri.

Hitch in St. Louis, Darryl Sutter in L.A., throw in Phoenix’s Dave Tippett for good measure ... they’re dragging hockey back to the dead-puck era. Suffocating defence, unadventurous offence, happy to win 1-0.

Only one problem, Hitchcock said Thursday. It’s just not true.

Not these Blues. Not on purpose.

“It’s really ill-informed,” said the affable elder statesman—how is that possible?—among National Hockey League coaches, who somehow got to be 60 years old while we weren’t looking.

“To me, when I hear that comment, that tells me people don’t watch the game. If people bitch about this, then they should bitch about the Olympic team because it’s the same terminology, the same philosophy, the same set of buzzwords.”

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