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Legace Frustrated

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

Legace, too, has failed to duplicate his All-Star season from last year, and his frustration spilled onto the ice at Friday morning’s practice. Legace was taking shots near the end of practice when he and Blues assistant coach Rick Wamsley engaged in a heated argument. Wamsley and Legace declined to comment after the game.

Legace has had a contentious relationship with the Blues, stemming from his decision to have knee surgery over the summer and a failed attempt to receive a contract extension last summer.

But a source said Friday that the bad blood was frustration from the team not winning. The coaching staff also had been upset with Legace earlier in the practice after he took several minutes to change skates on the team’s bench.

more on the Blues

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Surgery For Kariya

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Andy Murray Calls Out Players, One Responds Back

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

“I didn’t think (Patrik) Berglund was good, I didn’t think (David) Perron was good, I didn’t think (Keith) Tkachuk was good ... I didn’t think (Brad) Boyes was good,” Murray said. “I thought (David) Backes was all right.”...

“The last time I checked, we’re all in this together,” Tkachuk said. “We’ve got a young team. It’s easy to put the blame on each other. I don’t need the coach to tell me through the media, or any other player through the media ... if that’s what he’s searching for, it’s a very young and fragile team to be doing that right now in the middle of the season. But if that’s what he has to do, that’s his decision. He’s the coach.”

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Eric Brewer Undergoing Back Surgery

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.

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Blues Lose McKee To Broken Finger

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Jay McKee has a fractured left ring finger and will be sidelined indefinitely.  McKee was injured in the third period on Tuesday, Dec. 16 vs. Calgary.  The club has recalled defenseman Jonas Junland from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Blues Have The Effort, But Wins Are Another Story

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

Spectators loved the pace of Tuesday’s game. This is the fast-paced game Gary Bettman wants to see in the new NHL.

There was lots of skating, lots of tape-to-tape passes, lots of odd-man rushes and plenty of high-speed collisions. The game had a terrific flow and it featured sustained action, start to finish.

Unfortunately, the Blues can’t just let it fly right now. It’s not about marketing the sport in a tough economy, it’s about surviving the simultaneous loss of so many key players.

They must find ways to win games with a makeshift lineup. If they can remain viable, they could position themselves for a big second-half run after they key players return.

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Keenan Warned The Blues

from Flames Insider,

Flames coach Mike Keenan received a boisterous round of boos Tuesday night when his image flashed up on the Jumbotron at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Iron Mike served as coach and general manager of the Blues from 1994-96, and it appears some of the faithful are still bitter over his reign — especially over the departure of several key players including Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, Al MacInnis, and Brett Hull.

“It’s kind of difficult when you’re getting marching orders to trade people,” Keenan said. “I’m not shy to tell the folks here that I was explicitly told to trade MacInnis, Hull and Shanahan to reduce the budget significantly. The team didn’t want to carry those finances.

“I told them at the time. I said, `there’s going to be a major backlash if this happens.’”

continued

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Early Talk Of Wings/Blues Opening Next Season In Sweden

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

The Blues are in the early stages of negotiations with the NHL to open the 2009-10 season in Sweden.

Looking to gain global exposure, the NHL has opened each of the past two seasons overseas. In 2007, Anaheim and Los Angeles kicked off the league’s regular-season schedule in London, England. This season, four NHL teams played their regular-season openers in Prague, Czech Republic, and Stockholm, Sweden.

The Blues likely would play the Detroit Red Wings in Sweden, but both sides at this point say nothing is firm.

continued

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Legace Goes On IR

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Manny Legace’s injury has been updated to a mild concussion and he has been placed on injured reserve.  Legace was injured in the first period on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Anaheim.

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Legace Takes A Knee To The Head

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

Several players took blows to the head in Wednesday’s game between the Blues and Anaheim Ducks, but none was more serious than the one on goalie Manny Legace….

On the play in which Legace was injured, George Parros buried a rebound for a 1-1 score, and skating by the front of the net, Carter lifted his knee into Legace’s head.

“I’m a little foggy,” Legace said. “All that I know is that the goal is in and he comes skating by and there’s nobody pushing him and there’s nobody on him. He could have avoided it. It’s something to look at.”

Blues coach Andy Murray said there should have been interference called on the play, but the officials told him they didn’t see the collision happen.

read on and watch the video of the goal/injury below…

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