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Perron Ready To Lead The Blues

from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,

“This summer is just so much different than what I experienced last year,” said Perron, who finished fifth on the team in points, was second in goals, fourth in plus/minus (plus-19) and set a new career-high in game-winning goals (4), all despite missing 25 games. “Last summer, I couldn’t do anything associated with training. It was very tough to take not being able to do it. Now, it couldn’t be more fun that I am able to train. I’m feeling great.”

A feeling that should have Blues supporters thrilled as the team looks to build on a campaign that saw them finish second overall in the Western Conference, a season in which they recorded 49 wins, along with 109 points, to take their eighth divisional crown.

They are also a highly motivated group after losing in four games in the West semifinals to eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.

“I don’t really ever think you can say something good came out of losing, but for us, we learned a lot about ourselves, especially what it takes to win it all,” said Perron, the 26th overall selection of St. Louis in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. “For the five years I’ve been here, everyone, young guys and veterans, each and every player is on the same page, heading in the same direction.

“It didn’t work out the way we hoped last year, but I honestly believe we were able to look at what happened and know what we need to do in order to achieve our end goal. There are 30 teams in this league and only one can win it. We want to be that team.”

Knowing he’ll be a major part of the Blues’ push to land their first Stanley Cup championship has Perron primed and ready to get back on the ice.

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KHL Coach Says Blues’ Prospect Vladimir Tarasenko Not Ready For The NHL

via RIA Novosti,

Hockey prodigy Vladimir Tarasenko is not ready to move to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, his former KHL coach Milos Riha said Monday.

The 20-year-old right wing took up his entry contract with the Blues last month after four seasons in the KHL in which he racked up 100 points in 176 games.

“It was his decision and his choice. To my mind, he has got ahead of himself a little bit,” SKA St. Petersburg coach Riha said on the KHL website.

“I think that he could play a couple more years in KHL and grew to maturity as a hockey player. I can only wish him luck.”

SKA has a reputation as a big-spending team keen to recruit stars, but none of its seven signings this summer are household names.

The St. Petersburg team is still targeting a famous new recruit, Riha sadi.

“We’ll try to buy one famous player whose name everyone knows.”

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Oshie Avoids Arbitration

via Chris Pinkert at the Blues website,

The Blues have avoided arbitration with forward T.J. Oshie, announcing Thursday night that the forward has agreed to a new five-year contract with the team.

The contract is worth an average of $4.175 million per year.

Oshie sent out the following message on his Twitter account late Thursday: “Couldn’t be more happy to resign for another 5 years with the Blues. #bestfansever @StLouisBlues”

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T.J. Oshie And The Blues Heading Towards Arbitration

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

In a sign that the Blues aren’t expecting to reach a contract extension with forward T.J. Oshie before Friday’s arbitration case, general manager Doug Armstrong is headed to Toronto on Tuesday three days in advance of the hearing.

“We’re going to Toronto to work with our counsel on preparing for the case,” Armstrong said Monday….

The Blues and Oshie’s agent, Matt Oates, could still reach a resolution before Friday’s hearing, but are now down to just three days of potential negotiations before an arbitrator hears the case.

In a text message to the Post-Dispatch on Monday, Oates indicated that he was gearing up for Friday’s hearing but added that he was “open and looking to continue talking.”

Armstrong said Monday that the two sides have discussed a multi-year extension, ranging from four to six years. “But we just couldn’t find a compensation level that we were comfortable with and obviously he was comfortable with,” Armstrong said.

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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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