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Blues Respond To Savard Comments

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Monday, as the Blues were preparing for tonight’s game against Detroit, some took exception to Savard’s comments.

“Deni Savard trying to question our toughness or question our methods is beyond me,” Jackman said. “He played in a day and age when there was a fight every whistle and gloves in faces. If he’s got a problem with it, then he’s just not looking at what he played through.

“Those are their two best players. If they want to play in this league a long time, it’s going to be a situation where they’re going to have to face some adversity and that’s having to play through things. Kane had his stick on our goalie every whistle and Toews was standing in front of the net. If they want to go to the net, it’s a physical game. Sorry that we hurt their feelings.”

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  Tags: barrett+jackman, denis+savard

Blues Trying To Stay Fresh

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

Many fans want the Blues to play their kids more, to see what David Perron, Roman Polak and others could do in the remaining games.

But I can see why Murray doesn’t go there. His long-term challenge is to create a winning culture within the organization. His immediate challenge is to stave off a total collapse and keep his players from becoming demoralized.

He must find new ways to present his message and enforce his expectations. He must find ways to refresh the atmosphere.

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Rucinsky Becomes Healthy Scratch Guy

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The decision to make Rucinsky a healthy scratch tonight and perhaps many more times in the final 15 games was a group consensus among Blues President John Davidson, GM Larry Pleau, VP of Hockey Operations Al MacInnis and head coach Andy Murray….

Rucinsky said after today’s morning skate that he understands the Blues’ decision.

“That’s how it works . . . that’s how it is . . . I don’t know what to say,” Rucinsky said. “There’s not much I can do about it. The decision is not mine; it’s theirs. I’m just going to have to live with it. I guess it’s a part of our job. I can’t control those things. What I can control is to be prepared everday for games, and if that decision comes, that I’m going to be in the lineup, I have to make sure I’m ready for it.”

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  Tags: martin+rucinsky

Ban The Long Road Trip

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

In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….

It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.

Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.

From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver

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Blues Under Pressure

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

The Blues are in crisis mode. They can’t score goals, can’t win games, and the coach is questioning his players’ commitment. Big, bustling crowds have come into Scottrade Center with renewed hopes and dreams, only to go home disappointed.

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Boyes Signs Long Term Contract with Blues

From the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has signed forward Brad Boyes to a long term contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Getting Brad signed was one of our top priorities this season,” said Davidson.  “We are counting on him to be an integral part of our offense for years to come.”

Update 2:02am ET: From the CP via TSN,

Brad Boyes, among the NHL leaders with 32 goals, signed a new US$16-million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

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David Perron Still Learning

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Andy Murray, who consults with Davidson when making out the lineup, says, “There’s a code of conduct that has to be learned to be a professional. And David isn’t quite there yet.”

That code requires being at practice on time, giving his entire attention to drills, treating teammates with respect and understanding nuances of the game on and off the ice.

Perron admits he’s guilty of some infractions. At times this season, he’s been seen flailing his arms in frustration after a line partner fails to handle a pass.

“You’re going to go like this,” Murray says, waving his arms, “to Keith Tkachuk? You’ve got to be careful.”

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Backman A Ranger

Christian Backman to the Rangers from the Blues for a 4th round pick per TSN.

Update 3:07pm ETTSN link

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Devils Acquire Salvador from Blues

From TSN,

The New Jersey Devils have bolstered their defence for the stretch run, acquiring defenceman Bryce Salvador from the St. Louis Blues.

continued… *Cam Janssen going the other way, to the Blues

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  Tags: bryce+salvador, cam+janssen

Jackman Staying With St. Louis

from the St, Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Barret Jackman has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Barret has been a staple on the blueline for the Blues since his rookie season,” said Davidson. “He logs plenty of minutes per game and will continue to be a key part of our team as we move forward.”

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