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Hitchcock Discusses His Coaching Style

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

It’s the ’99 Dallas Stars all over again, only they’ve moved to Missouri.

Hitch in St. Louis, Darryl Sutter in L.A., throw in Phoenix’s Dave Tippett for good measure ... they’re dragging hockey back to the dead-puck era. Suffocating defence, unadventurous offence, happy to win 1-0.

Only one problem, Hitchcock said Thursday. It’s just not true.

Not these Blues. Not on purpose.

“It’s really ill-informed,” said the affable elder statesman—how is that possible?—among National Hockey League coaches, who somehow got to be 60 years old while we weren’t looking.

“To me, when I hear that comment, that tells me people don’t watch the game. If people bitch about this, then they should bitch about the Olympic team because it’s the same terminology, the same philosophy, the same set of buzzwords.”

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Davidson Feels Good About The Blues

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

Blues President John Davidson calls the final two months of the NHL regular season, with postseason play a good possibility, a gratifying time for the organization.

The Blues, who beat Edmonton 5-2 Wednesday night, are tied with Detroit with the second-most points (87) in the league, and have matched last season’s point total with 18 games to play.

“In this business, every day is a day you grind it out,” Davidson said. “But when you have an hour in the hotel room at night and look at the standings, you feel good. And I feel good, not for me, but for the players, the coaches, and the people who have supported us all the way through.

“We’re not in yet, but there’s a good chance if we take care of business the last quarter of the season. I like where we are. I like the way we’re coached, I like the way we play and I like the growth of our players. They’re the key for our future and the future is sitting here right now.”

There was a high level of frustration within the fan base when the Blues were unable to make any moves by Monday’s trading deadline, mostly because of the team being for sale, but Davidson insists the ownership issues haven’t affected the club’s mindset.


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Do The Blues Need More Offensive Talent?

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

After parting with goaltender Ben Bishop on Sunday, the budget-conscious Blues aren’t expected to make any significant moves before today’s NHL trading deadline, but it remains possible that general manager Doug Armstrong could make dollar-for-dollar deals to bolster the injury-riddled roster.

“I have a clear understanding of what I want to accomplish and if we can do that, great, and if we can’t, we’ll just move forward with what we have,” Armstrong said Sunday. “I’ve tried to keep a realistic expectation that I think we have a good team right now and I’m quite comfortable that if this group of players are all together tomorrow at 1:01 Mountain time, we’ll be happy.”...

But the question today is whether the Blues, who are 15 points ahead of the ninth-place team in the West with 20 games remaining, have enough firepower to be contenders in the postseason. While continuing to lead the NHL in goals-against average (1.92), the club ranks 22nd in scoring (2.48 goals a game) and 27th on the power play (14.8 percent).

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Alex Steen Will Try Hyperbaric Therapy For Concussion Issues

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

A Winnipeg native and the son of a former Jets’ star, Blues forward Alex Steen had the game Saturday at MTS Center circled on his calendar. But still suffering from concussion symptoms, Steen watched his 26th consecutive game in a suit.

“It’s hard,” Steen said. “The whole process has been really, really hard on me, not being able to play. Tonight has been really emotional. This one hurts, not being able to play.”

Steen, who suffered the concussion against Dallas on Dec. 26, recently had been practicing with the Blues, but stopped last week. He acknowledged Saturday that skating has led to vision problems.

A variety of treatments hasn’t stopped Steen’s symptoms, so he’s planning to travel to California where he’ll spend at least two weeks receiving therapy in a hyperbaric chamber, similar to the treatment used by Blues forward Andy McDonald and former Blue Paul Kariya.


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Blues Send Goalie Ben Bishop To Ottawa

via John Shannon tweet,

As per @SunGarrioch, the Blues have indeed traded Ben Bishop to Ottawa

note:  I would have pointed to Garrioch, but for some reason he has blocked me.

added 11:33am, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Bishop must play at least 30 minutes in 17 games, or he will be unrestricted. Even if he doesn’t re-sign, worthy move for Bryan Murray.

added 11:36am, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

The compensation for Bishop will be a draft pick, as high as a second-round pick.

added 11:40am, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Before trading G Ben Bishop to OTT for a 2013 2nd rd pick, STL signed him to a one-year, one-way contract.

That means the 30 minutes in 17 games is tossed out the door.

added 12:02pm, via McKenzie tweet,

Correction: Bishop’s new one-year, one-way deal done with OTT, not St. Louis.

added 1:07pm
, Blues release on the trade can be read below…

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Warning: Tough Stretch Facing The Blues

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To quote Springsteen: we’re pulling out of here to win. And you have to hope that the Blues carry that mindset onto the road as they begin the most difficult stretch of the 2011-2012 schedule. The Blues will play 13 of the next 16 games away from the comfy confines of Scottrade Center, and a lot of folks in St. Louis and around the NHL are wondering if the boys have what it takes to become a sturdy, reasonably successful road team.

First up, a six-game road trip that begins Thursday night in Nashville and continues through Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and San Jose. After that, the Blues will settle at home for three games, then head out on another seven-game road journey to take them to Columbus, Chicago, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

This patch of road games will largely define the Blues for 2011-2012, at least until they have a chance to redefine themselves (for better or for worse) in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


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Langenbrunner Placed On IR

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Jamie Langenbrunner on injured reserve.  Langenbrunner suffered a broken bone in his left foot Sunday in Chicago and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Langenbrunner, 36, has posted 21 points including four goals and 17 assists in 57 games with the Blues this season.  The 6’1, 202-pound forward is just eight games shy of becoming the 21st American-born player in NHL history to reach 1,100 games played.

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Wild Lose To The Blues And Decide Not To Go Down Without A Fight

Final score 4-0 for the Blues.

Things got rough when Cal Clutterbuck received 2 for boarding late in the 2nd period.

The 3rd period brought more rough play…


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Video- Andy McDonald Returns Tonight After Missing 51 Games With Concussion

If McDonald can find his game quickly, it would help the Blues where they need the help the most, offensive production.

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The Jack Johnson Rumors

Darren Dreger of TSN answers some emails,

I keep reading Jack Johnson’s name in trade rumours from various sites (probably guys who don’t really have any insight posting for conversation). Is there actually a chance L.A. would be shopping Johnson?  Also, I’ve read St. Louis is seeking a Top 6 playmaker, any chance of them acquiring one?

What are your thoughts?

A:  Warren, there’s no reason to believe Los Angeles is shopping Jack Johnson and based on recent dealings I’ve had with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, he’s tired of all speculation. It’s believed Lombardi would like to add a forward and the names of Carter, Hemsky, Huselius, MacArthur and Kulemin are considered potential candidates, but Lombardi is one of the more unpredictable GMs, so zeroing in on a specific target is a tricky business. As for St. Louis, Blues GM Doug Armstrong goes about the hunt in a somewhat sleuth-like fashion. We know St. Louis would like to add a defenceman and if there is an affordable upgrade to his top six available, I’m sure it will be considered. But as I said, Armstrong is masterful at staying under the radar and is always a prime suspect when we start hearing the rumblings a blockbuster may be in the works.

more Q & A…

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