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St. Louis Picks up David Koci, and Other Transactions

From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.

In other transaction news [TSN]:

Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.

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  Tags: darren+mccarty, david+koci, ken+klee, kyle+wellwood, lukas+kaspar

Appendectomy Surgery For Chris Mason

via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Chris Mason underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Thursday night. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks.

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Ryan Hollweg Back At It

Hollweg returns from suspension and promplty hits Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues from behind, 5 minute major and a game.  I do believe an automatic suspension comes with it, possibly three games.

added video at 4:42pm...

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  Tags: alex+pietrangelo, ryan+hollweg

Rookie On The Blueline In St. Louis

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

Alex Pietrangelo faced long odds of making the Blues’ opening-day roster, but on Monday the 18-year-old defenseman received word that he’ll be on the team and perhaps on the ice Friday against Nashville….

“We’ve all seen the poise he has. ... I like his poise,” Davidson said. “There’s always good things that happen on the ice, and things you learn from. I don’t like saying ‘bad.’ Some things don’t go well, but you learn from them. He’s a quick learner, very mature.”

read on

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Blues Need More From Their Power Play

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

“Toward the end of the season, I think we got it going a little bit,” Kariya said. “We started shooting the puck more and started getting more traffic and scoring some ugly goals. That’s what you need as a power play. There’s going to be times when the tic-tac-toe plays are there, but a lot of times, it’s a shot or a rebound that’s going to score goals.”

Kariya is back at one of the point positions this season.

“I think having Paul back there is huge for us,” Tkachuk said. “He can move laterally so well on the blue line ... I think we got a little stale last year by playing on the perimeter. We’re attacking with shots and attacking the seams a lot better this year because we’ve got the five forwards out there.

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Blues Lose Woywitka With Cracked Foot Bone

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

Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has a cracked bone in his right foot and will miss four to six weeks, according to the team.

Woywitka suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Friday’s 9-4 victory over Atlanta at Scottrade Center.

He becomes the third Blues’ defensemen to be injured during the preseason, leaving a huge void less than two weeks before the start of the season.

continued

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Erik Johnson Sets The Record Straight

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

Since an MRI confirmed that Johnson has torn knee ligaments in his right knee, which will force him to miss the 2008-09 season, rumors have swirled that the 20-year-old was involved in horseplay while attending a team golf outing Sept. 16 at The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise, Mo.


Johnson maintains the incident happened when he got his right foot caught between the accelerator and the brake in a golf cart. Johnson has heard the different versions of the story and seems irritated that some are continuing with the speculation.

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Blues Comment On Johnson Injury

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

“Freak things happen and it’s just unfortunate,” Blues defenseman Jay McKee said. “He was going to be an absolutely integral part of this team, and that’s unfortunate. He’s certainly going to be just a huge loss. He was probably going to be our best defenseman right now.”

“It’s a huge blow,” Blues goalie Manny Legace said. “Huge.”

“He was to be our No. 1 power-play defenseman, there’s no denying that fact,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “He was also our leading scoring defenseman last year and we lacked scoring from the blue line, so there’s no question we’ll feel his loss.

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Issues Continue For Blues

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

Remember Jacques Demers? The hugely popular and successful coach agreed to jump to the Detroit Red Wings WHILE HE WAS STILL COACHING THIS TEAM. In fairness to him, though, he did have to work for Harry Ornest, a true eccentric and avowed penny-pincher.

Remember Mike Liut and Joey Mullen? Of course you do, but they left prematurely in cost-saving deals ordered by Ornest. But at least Harry kept the Arena Cat on staff to keep the rodent population at The Arena under control.

Remember Scott Stevens?

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Morning Line

“I know there’s a lot of people this is going to bother, obviously. But you can’t let it stop you in your tracks. This is a good organization that’s going to work hard to overcome something like this.

“We’re not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves ... it doesn’t make any sense. If you feel sorry for yourselves, where do you get yourselves? We’re not going to do that. We’re going to go forward.”

-Blues President John Davidson on the year-ending injury to Erik Johnson.  More on the Blues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….

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