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Kariya Working Out But Not Skating

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

Kariya’s hip, however, remained sore and he missed five games before he tried to skate again. The Blues were planning for him to return Nov. 21 against Anaheim, but in the days leading up to that game, Kariya experienced more pain than expected while testing his hip on the ice before the Blues’ practice.

Kariya underwent an additional MRI, sources have told the Post-Dispatch, which showed the injury to be “hip-related” but more complicated than a typical hip-flexor. The definition of a hip-flexor is a strain on the group of muscles that “pull the knee upward.”

Kariya hasn’t skated since testing the injury two weeks ago and he doesn’t appear to be closer to lacing up his skates. The Blues don’t have a timetable for when Kariya will play again, or even return to practice. The doctors and specialists that Kariya and the team have spoken with have stressed the need for rest.

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St. Louis Fans Back at the Rink

From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News:

But then the wheels came off the bus after the lockout. With the team crashing through the standings and dealing many of its most popular players at the trade deadline, the Blues dropped from sixth overall in league attendance (18,560) to 27th (14,213) before cratering in dead last (12,520) for the 2006-07 season.

With the arrival of new management under Team President John Davidson, the Blues rebounded last season to 13th overall (17,610) through the use of some innovative marketing—particularly free food nights and a nifty television spot where individual players made their pitch to woo back the thousands of fans who had suddenly disappeared. Toss in the signing of free agent winger Paul Kariya, and the Blues had given the locals a reason to care again.

The improvement has continued into this season, with the team now ranked eighth overall (18,961) and ahead of two Canadian franchises, Vancouver and Edmonton.

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The comparison to the Canadian clubs might be inadvertently misleading, as Vancouver and Edmonton have attendance numbers at 101.1% capacity and 98.5% capacity respectively, whereas the Blues are at 90.3% capacity. (And if you look at it another way and resort the data to look at the capacity percentage, St. Louis falls to 20th in the league.)

But regardless, that doesn’t change the fact that St. Louis fans are returning to their rink in ever-increasing numbers after a few bad years, which is great news.

 

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Trying To Understand The Blues Trade

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

Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.

So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….

How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?

We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.

We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .

read on

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  Tags: alex+steen, carlo+colaiacovo, lee+stempniak

Blues-Leafs Trade

Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade:  Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.

added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson.  “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.”  “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis.  He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

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Blues Overcome Late Goal To Win In OT

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

Just seconds from snapping a three-game winless streak at home, the Blues allowed a disputed power-play goal to Niedermayer. With Blues defenseman Jay McKee in the penalty box for hooking, a flurry in front of goalie Manny Legace, who had Anaheim’s Corey Perry draped over him, ended with the puck bouncing in off Legace.

“Perry, from what the guys were telling me, just lands on my head, pushes on my head,” Legace said. “You’ve got to be able to call that. You’ve got to give the goalie at least a chance to play. It shouldn’t have (gone) to overtime.”

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Blues Looking To Boyes For Goals

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

Boyes enjoyed a fast start, scoring five goals in his first six games, but he has scored just one goal since Oct. 25.

“I’m one of the guys who has to pick up my game offensively,” Boyes said. “I’ve got to put the puck in the net. I’ve got to get going again.”

Murray has been shuffling his lines for much of the season, due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of some combinations. The forwards have gotten used to working in different combinations.

Now he seems ready to reunite Boyes with Tkachuk (just one goal since Oct. 25) and Kariya (just back from the injured list) starting Friday night. In that scenario, Berglund would center Stempniak and David Perron on the No. 2 line.

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Andy McDonald Out With Fractured Leg

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

Center Andy McDonald, who leads the club with 18 points, suffered a fractured left leg in the first period Sunday against Montreal and will be out indefinitely….

“Andy has been, to this point in the season, our best player,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Nobody feels sorry for us. (But) we battled one of the better teams in the league right to the end with the lineup we had tonight. So, give our guys credit, we’ll find a way.”

more on the game last night…

added 2:12pm, via Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

After originally reporting Andy McDonald’s injury as a broken leg, the St. Louis Blues on Monday confirmed the veteran center has a broken left ankle and figures to miss at least two months.

added 6:38pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks due to a fractured left leg.

After an MRI was performed by Blues team doctors in St. Louis, it was determined that surgery will not be required.

 

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Legace Fighting Slump

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

Blues goalie Manny Legace said after Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at Buffalo that he’s at a loss for what is ailing him.

Legace said it’s not the groin injury that kept him out for two weeks, and after playing Saturday night in Los Angeles, he couldn’t blame rust.

“If I could tell you, I would never play awful ... I’d never have a bad stretch in my career ... I’d be making $100 million a year,” said Legace, who allowed three goals on seven shots before Chris Mason replaced him 5 minutes, 18 seconds into the game.

continue for more on the Blues…

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Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? The St. Louis Blues Want to Help.

From the St. Louis Blues:

imageFannie & Freddie Mortgage Saturdays

At every remaining Saturday home game this season, one lucky fan will have their mortgage or rent paid for four months! 

A fan will be randomly selected during the game, and all you have to do is be at Scottrade Center when your seat is called. Hold on to your ticket stub and watch for an announcement that you’ve won.

Read on for contest rules, plus more ways the Blues want to save you money.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, nhl+promotions

Forget The Blues Fast Start

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

Remember how the Blues blew out of the gates this fall, looking very much like a playoff contender?

Forget about it. Now this hybrid team -– an interesting mix of kids and hardened veterans -– faces a season-defining challenge.

The Blues lost four of the last five games on a seven-game homestand, then opened a five-game trip by losing in Anaheim.

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