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from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,
What could one possibly give a retired hockey player who already has a Stanley Cup, a Gold Medal, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy and his retired number hanging from the rafters?
How about a big bronze statue?
Before Thursday’s home opener at Scottrade Center, the Blues unveiled a new statue in honor of Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who played 10 seasons with the Blues, amassing 452 points (127 goals, 325 assists) in 613 games. The statue is located near the intersection of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, just outside Scottrade Center’s main entrance.
“Some awards, like the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup, are awarded every year. Not often do you get a statue,” MacInnis said. “It’s something you put right alongside a retired number in a special category.”
continued with a picture of the statue…
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The hockey operation is in great shape. Good organizational depth extends to the low minor league, junior hockey, the college ranks and Europe. The Blues are good now and they should remain good for many years to come.
Fans waited patiently while Blues president John Davidson, working at Checketts’ behest, stuck to his rebuilding plan. Now the project is almost complete.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Let me get this straight: Ray Emery puts a picture of Mike Tyson on his goalie mask and the hockey community reacts as if Gordie Howe has been put on a worldwide no-fly list. But Blues owner Dave Checketts embarks on a professional relationship with Rush Limbaugh and nobody in the NHL bats a lash?
For those unfamiliar with Limbaugh – and in this instance, ignorance truly is bliss – he is the alleged “entertainer” for the easily entertained who recently opined, in all seriousness, that the United States ought to return to the days when African Americans were banned from sitting in the same areas of public transportation as Caucasian Americans.
You think I’m paraphrasing, or that Limbaugh’s comments were misconstrued or taken out of context?
Limbaugh’s exact quote, made on his syndicated radio show just last month: “We need segregated buses.”
A real class act, wouldn’t you say? And quite the philosophical display. I’m sure the people working on the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative will appreciate it.
more and other NHL topics…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A couple hundred fans were awaiting the Blues, and as the team entered the hotel lobby the crowd began chanting the names of players, coaches and management.
“When we got off the bus, one of the employees said, ‘There’s a lot of people in here,’” Blues defenseman Erik Johnson said. “It was awesome. Obviously we won two big games, but it seemed like we won something a lot more with the fans doing something like that.”
Entering the lobby to the chant of “J-D! J-D!”, Blues President John Davidson said he was overwhelmed. “It was like being part of the Olympics,” Davidson said. “It was an emotional experience for us. That was totally unexpected.”
Unexpected, too, for a pair of Detroit fans who found themselves in the middle of the fray.
“Two guys got out of a cab behind us and they had Red Wings jerseys on,” Davidson said. “They were about to walk through, and Andy Murray said, ‘Excuse me, do you guys have a lot of life insurance?’”
Chris Mason was the dfference in the Blues win over the Wings today.
Check out the glove save on Dan Cleary.
“I don’t care if you’re the Red Wings, I don’t care if you’re San Jose, there’s question marks. Until you answer, there’s question marks on every team because there hasn’t been a game played this year. How are certain guys going to play? Are they going to play at the level they played at last year? Is Nick Lidstrom as good as he’s always been, which we expect him to be, but there’s always question marks. But you just don’t know. How healthy is your team going to stay? We just need to get answers.”
-Blues Coach Andy Murray. More on the Blues/Wings from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com previews the game between the Blues and Wings.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray has made a point during training camp of describing how good the Blues played last season without Paul Kariya.
Now, the question Kariya, Murray and the rest of the Blues are waiting to have answered is just how good they can be with the skilled winger back after missing almost all of last season to injury.
There was a time in the mid-to-late 1990s when you could scarcely have a conversation about the game’s elite players without referencing Kariya. Twice eclipsing 100 points, three times a 40-plus goal scorer and once a 50-goal scorer, Kariya’s ability to handle the puck and create offense was nothing short of magical.
Now, at 34, there are ample signs that the magic remains and he can be the kind of difference-maker the Blues will need to take another step forward after storming into the playoffs last season despite injuries to key players, including Kariya.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
After many hours and lot of manpower, the ice surface at the Globe Arena is ready for Friday and Saturday’s game between the Blues and Red Wings….
The one difference is the height of the glass on the side boards. They are roughly two feet shorter than the regular glass at Scottrade Center. That could come into play if a team is penalized for shooting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone, which requires a delay-of-game penalty.
more plus a video Jeremy shot of the Globe Arena…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk has a beef with head coach Andy Murray that he wants to get off his chest.
“Whatever I say, though, he’s going to say something to me about it,” Tkachuk said, wary of voicing his pet peeve with Murray in the newspaper. “OK, sometimes he puts out a ratings sheet after the game and it’s funny how the only time it’s up is when I have a bad game.”
Truth is, Tkachuk wasn’t really concerned about the repercussions because as teammate Barret Jackman says, Murray “has softened with Walt (Tkachuk)” over the last couple of years.
As Murray enters his fourth season in St. Louis, others might argue that the he isn’t the dictator he was when he arrived in 2006. The daily meetings, the death stares, the homework sheets underneath the hotel room doors . . . very little is said about that anymore.
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