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Weight a Fit in St. Louis?

From Jeff Gordon at STLtoday.com,

[Doug] Weight is looking to play another year and St. Louis has become home. Is there a fit here?

Maybe, maybe not. I recall that Weight was unhappy with how coach Andy Murray was using him last season, before his deal. Murray saw Weight as more of a role player at this late stage of his career, a designation that Weight resisted.

But if Doug did return to the Blues as a free agent, he would have to embrace a third- or fourth-line assignment if the lines fell that way.

more on the Blues summer priorities

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  Tags: doug+weight, free+agents

Happy For Drake

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

Once upon a time, the Blues and Red Wings had a pretty spirited rivalry.

Once upon a time, St. Louis possessed a more consistently competitive team than Detroit did.

More recently, though, the Red Wings have operated a juggernaut while the Blues struggled through an ownership change and the first prolonged funk in franchise history. While the Red Wings added more banners to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the Blues started over from scratch.

It hasn’t been a happy time for local hockey fans. Watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Co. hoist the Cup, again, had to be galling for those who bleed Blues

But you had to be happy for former Blues captain Dallas Drake, right?

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  Tags: dallas+drake

St. Louis Extends Larry Pleau to 2010

From the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has extended the contract of Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Larry Pleau through the 2009-10 season. Davidson also announced the club has named Doug Armstrong as Blues Vice President of Player Personnel. He will assume the General Manager duties beginning in 2010.

“Larry has been very valuable to this organization for many years,” said Davidson. “Under his watch we have locked up our young players with long term deals and continue to stockpile many up and coming prospects. Doug’s accomplishments in Dallas are quite impressive, with two Western Conference titles, two President’s Trophies and a Stanley Cup.

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  Tags: doug+armstrong, john+davidson, larry+pleau

Report- Armstrong Will Join Blues

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Doug Armstrong is about to join the St Louis Blues.

Armstrong was expected to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs this week to discuss a management position in Toronto, however sources say he has cancelled that meeting and the expectation is that his hire in St Louis will be announced tomorrow.

Armstrong will work alongside veteran Blues general manager Larry Pleau for the next two seasons before assuming the manager’s role when Pleau retires.

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  Tags: doug+armstrong

Juggling Executives in St. Louis

From Jeremy Rutherford at Morning Skate at STLtoday.com,

On Wednesday, John Davidson acknowledged that the Blues are talking to Dave Nonis about joining the team’s management staff. This seemed a bit odd since Nonis, recently fired as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, is looking to resurface as a GM and has been linked to the vacancy in Toronto.Is Larry Pleau going somewhere? The answer is “No” and “Yes.”

Pleau, who’s been in the Blues’ GM chair for 10 years, will enter the final month of his contract in June. While it might seem that the Blues are about to relinquish Pleau of his duties or re-assign him within the organization to make room for a guy like Nonis, that is not the case. At least not yet.

Davidson says the Blues need another set of eyes in the sky.

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  Tags: dave+nonis, john+davidson, larry+pleau

Blues Futures

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

[T.J.] Oshie, 21, is expected to make the opening-day roster and infuse some offensive skill on a team that finished tied for 27th in the NHL in goals last season with 205.

The Blues also announced Tuesday the signing of forward Lars Eller, the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft. Eller will be in camp but is likely to begin next season in Peoria or in Sweden.

“This is the whole program here ... this is our future,” Blues President John Davidson said. “We need our veterans really bad next year. But the kids are going to move forward as the season goes along. It’s going to be fascinating.”

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  Tags: john+davidson, lars+eller, t.j.+oshie

Nice to be Wanted

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

Nonis was expected to have dinner last night with Toronto lawyer Gordon Kirke, who is part of the Leafs’ search committee. Nonis is to then meet today with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie.

The Leafs aren’t the only team interested Nonis, as he continues to be wooed by the Atlanta Thrashers and an unidentified third NHL team that still has a general manager in place.

The third team is believed to be the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis president John Davidson could not be reached for comment last night.

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Update 9:23pm ET: More from Wharnsby, later in the day,

The meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and prospective general manager candidate David Nonis was described more as a session of getting acquainted rather than a formal interview.

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  Tags: dave+nonis

Critical Year Ahead For Blues

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

Next season will be pivotal for the Dave Checketts/John Davidson Era of Blues hockey.

The Note must compete for one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference, thus proving that Andy Murray really is the right coach for this team. The Blues must continue building ticket sales, too, which is no small feat given the tough economy and last season’s second-half collapse.

Conventional wisdom says the Blues need to do something enormous this summer to meet both goals

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The Best Blues Must Be Better

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

The horror show we saw down the stretch can’t happen again. The Blues power play cannot remain unplugged for another season.

The organization made long-term commitments to McKee, Brewer, Kariya and Jackman. These guys simply MUST lead the turnaround.

Kariya scored just 16 goals this season and just five on the power play. He has always been more of a playmaker than a shooter, but the Note needs more finish from him.

Andy McDonald can do better than 36 points in 49 games, with a minus-17 rating. He needs to be a point-per-game producer for this team. He still has the wheels to get it done.

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500 Goals For Tkachuk

via the AP,

Keith Tkachuk became the 41st player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and added an assist to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday in the season finale for both teams.

Tkachuk, a 16-year veteran, scored his 27th of the season, a short-handed goal into an empty net, with 1:34 remaining. He scored three goals in the final two regular-season games - both wins against Columbus - to reach the milestone.

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk

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