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Ilya Bryzgalov plays take it, you take it with his defenseman…
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has activated defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo from injured reserve. Colaiacovo has missed the last five games after suffering an upper body injury in the second period of the Blues’ season opener against Nashville on October 8.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Their offense showed few signs of life on the trip. The club scored eight goals in four games and now is averaging just 2.5 goals per game, which ranks 18th in the NHL.
On the trip, the Blues’ top six forwards combined for just six points (two goals, four assists) and had a collective plus-minus rating of minus-11.
T.J. Oshie didn’t have a point, while Jamie Langenbrunner, Chris Stewart and David Backes had just one each.
They are key members of the Blues’ power-play unit, which continues to drag the bottom.
It was 0 for 16 on the trip and is 0 for 19 since its last goal and sits 28th in the league at one for 24 (4.2 percent) this season.
But more telling than the numbers are the opportunities that are being lost when the Blues are on the man-advantage.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Andy McDonald has been placed on injured reserve due to a concussion. McDonald suffered the injury at the end of the second period on Oct. 13 in Dallas.
Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues, stops Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks last nigh with a lightning quick glove save.
The Blues won 4-2.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Andy McDonald will return to St. Louis after suffering a head injury at the end of the second period last night in Dallas. McDonald will be further evaluated by Dr. Rick Wright.
from Stu Hackel of Red Light,
It’s commonly accepted that the draft is the best way to start building a hockey club that will be good for a while. If you develop a core group of talented youngsters together, they can form the bonds and chemistry that make them want to play for each other. Maybe you augment that core with some veterans to help guide the kids and things will take off from there. It also helps if your team has floundered for a while so you can collect lots of draft picks.
That’s the theory, anyway.
In recent times, the theory worked for the Penguins and Blackhawks, who both won the Stanley Cup. They’re hardly alone in trying it. The Capitals, Islanders, Oilers and Avalanche have also taken the draft route with varying degrees of success and are at different stages of progress.
Right in that group are the St. Louis Blues. They’ve earned plaudits all around for collecting young talent while preaching patience as the players grew. They’ve also made as many missteps as steps forward, and after ending a post-lockout playoff drought in 2010, they were considered ready to take a big leap forward last season. But the plagues of injuries and inconsistency rendered them unable to sneak into the Western top eight.
from Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat,
Each year in the NHL, at least one team seems to emerge from the shadows and become the kind of franchise that suddenly has “arrived.”
In recent years, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Montreal and others have turned themselves around and made long playoff runs.
Could the trendy team of 2011-12 be the St. Louis Blues? From the minute players, coaches and management began discussing the current season during the summer, the word “playoffs” was constantly included.
“We don’t spend a lot of time listening to the opinions of others,” said Blues coach Davis Payne, whose team opens the season with a 7 p.m.(CT) home game today against the Nashville Predators. “We expect to be there (the playoffs).”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Dave Checketts has a verbal agreement to sell a majority stake in the Blues to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer in a deal in which Checketts could remain with the club in some capacity, three sources involved in the process have told the Post-Dispatch.
Two of the sources said that Checketts has signed a letter of intent and believe the deal is with Hulsizer, although one source indicated that it’s a verbal agreement and is far from being completed. The deal is not considered binding and would not become official until the two sides enter a purchase agreement and it’s approved by the NHL.
It appears, however, that if the negotiations progress in the current direction, Hulsizer would become the Blues’ No. 1 investor and Checketts could remain in the management of the franchise.
from David Kalan of NHL.com,
Ask Jaroslav Halak if he’s sampled any of the local cuisine St. Louis is noted for—like toasted ravioli and barbecue ribs—and he quickly says no.
“I haven’t eaten those,” Halak told NHL.com. “Actually, my girlfriend, she’s a great cook, so she’s cooking, always cooking something, and she’s trying to prepare some Slovak meals all the time and trying to make it feel like home.”
Though some might argue Halak is missing out on some of the city’s finer things, whatever makes him comfortable enough to feel like home only can be good for the Blues.
Halak never had been in a stable, starting role at the NHL level, having spent most of his early career shuttling between Montreal and the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. However, that changed last summer when the Canadiens dealt the 26-year-old to the Blues. St. Louis quickly signed him to a four-year contract and installed him as the undisputed starter.
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