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Will The Blues Way Work?

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.

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Blues Expect To Be In The Playoffs

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).”

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Blues Ownership Situation May Be Coming To An End

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.

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Halak Trying To Feel At Home In St. Louis

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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Blues Lose Arnott For A Week

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues forward Jason Arnott will undergo minor eye surgery today to have a cataract removed from his right eye.  The surgery will be performed by Dr. Tom Clinch and Arnott is expected to be sidelined for seven days.

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A More Fit Halak

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

Preparing for a more consistent campaign in 2011-12, Halak has addressed concerns the Blues had about his fitness with a productive summer of training that included drenching bike rides through the hills of his native Bratislava, Slovokia. But whether he’s better equipped to handle the ups and downs of an 82-game season, not even he knows that answer.

“I don’t think you can do anything to prepare yourself mentally,” Halak, 26, said. “The big thing is I went through it already, so now I know what to expect. It’s a big challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

In a season when a trip to the playoffs is a must for an organization that’s been advertising its arrival for several years, Halak’s stability may be the leading factor whether the Blues meet those expectations.

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Perron Back With The Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that injured forward David Perron will rejoin the team on Monday. Perron has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome after being injured on November 4, 2010 vs. San Jose.

Perron, 23, has missed 72 consecutive games and had seven points (5g, 2a) in 10 games prior to the injury.

added 2:12pm, If you don’t recall the hit from Joe Thornton, you can watch it below…

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Video- Avalanche And Blues Selected As Dark-Horse Picks In The West

So say Dan Rosen and E.J.Hradek of NHL.com.

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Blues Ready For A Playoff Push

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

If the Blues can stay reasonably healthy and tap some more of their unfulfilled promise, they could finally make some playoff noise.

The ownership limbo complicated matters, forcing Armstrong to make only short-term moves in free-agency and lean toward short-term contracts on many of his developing players.

But on balance, the Blues appear ready to make their move. Whether they actually succeed will depend on how these questions are answered, in order of importance:

1. Can Jaroslav Halak embrace his goaltending responsibilities and deliver a sturdier and more consistent performance? At times he starred last season, but at times he bled bad goals. The team hopes that better conditioning and sharper focus leads to better results.

2.  Is center Patrik Berglund ready to shine? He progressed last season and starred in international play. This franchise badly needs a cornerstone center to build an offense around. Berglund has the unique size/skill combination to be that player.

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Another Option For Blues Ownership

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

A new name has emerged as a potential buyer for the Blues.

Max Chambers, a Calgary businessman who was once interested in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes, has been in discussions with Blues’ ownership recently, a source close to the situation told the Post-Dispatch.

The front man for Chambers’ group is former NHL standout Bryan Trottier, who played 18 seasons in the league and won the Stanley Cup six times as a player and one as an assistant coach.

Chambers entered the picture in the “last few weeks,” the source said, and he has “all the financing in place that would allow him to proceed quickly.”

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