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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In the winter of 1998-99, Andy Murray coached a prep hockey team in Minnesota during the week and on weekends flew to Koln, Germany, to be general manager of a team there.
And that’s only one of the zany details of his hockey odyssey. In a three-year span, Murray went from coaching the Canadian National Team to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School to the Los Angeles Kings.
“If you look at the script of my coaching career, you kind of say, ‘Did he have a plan?’” Murray said.
from the Belleville News-Democrat,
Can NHL teams make money with such a relatively small national television contract in comparison to the NFL or Major League Baseball?
“There’s a lot of teams in the league now that are making money, especially the teams that are in the big markets with access to big local television revenues and big season ticket prices,” said Checketts, mentioning Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, the New York Rangers and Montreal as examples.
“I want to get to the point where we’re not losing money, that would be the best thing for me,” he said. “People are supportive, they want to see us do well. They know that a good team and a good organization is important to the community.”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
On the bright side, the pelvic injury allowed McKee to skate only a handful of times from January to July. And as a 10-year NHL veteran, that rest might be beneficial.
He’ll re-join a Blues’ defensive core that looks formidable, with Jackman, Eric Brewer, Bryce Salvador, Christian Backman, Erik Johnson, Matt Walker, Jeff Woywitka and Roman Polak.
“It’s definitely one of the top defensive groups in the league,” McKee said. “We’re in a situation where we’ve got a couple of high-level NHL defensemen that aren’t going to be able to dress some nights.”
more on McKee…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
It’s hard to believe that, less than 18 months after stumbling to their worst record in 27 years and third-worst in franchise history, the St. Louis Blues have as much going for them as they do.
But they do, and Western Conference playoff bubble teams – I’m looking at you, Dallas, Minnesota and Nashville – should realize this particular object in their rearview mirror is definitely closer than it appears.
I’ll admit, I had my doubts about how quickly the Blues could turn things around.
The Blues reported selling 450 new season tickets in the week after signing Kariya, and 1,600 of their 2,500 new tickets have been sold since he joined the team. Also since the signing, the team has sold an average of 40 new season tickets per weekday and 200 per week. On that pace, with seven weeks left before the home opener Oct. 10, the ticket base could grow by 1,400. That would more than eclipse the 9,100 season-ticket holders in 2003-04, when the Blues had a record of 39-30-11-2 for 91 points.
J.D. says (wmp video) they will do whatever it takes…
Read about the Blues new marketing campaign.
Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline is passing out summer grades to the NHL teams in the Central Division.
Nashville and Columbus fans, you won’t be happy.
via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues re-signed forward Lee Stempniak to a multi-year contract today.
Terms of the deal haven’t been released.
Stempniak, 24, led the Blues with 27 goals and had 52 points in 2006-07, when he played all 82 games. In 139 NHL games, he has posted 41 goals and 79 points.
from the Stl. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.
“Hannu is a former 1st round draft choice who gives our club depth in the goaltending position,” said Davidson. “Our scouts feel he has tremendous upside and a bright future in the National Hockey League.”
added 4:20pm, Blues Release...
from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues coach Andy Murray had a meeting with Johnson on Friday at the Blues’ developmental camp. Murray wants to make sure Johnson realizes the in-house expectations for the University of Minnesota’s early defector are the same as they are for all the newcomers in camp, nothing more and nothing less.
“What I wanted to make him aware of ... I saw it in a newspaper where he was asked if he felt he would be on the power play in St. Louis, and this and that,” Murray explained. “And he said, ‘I have to make sure first of all that I’m good in practice. I know coach Murray is a guy that wants commitment and work ethic. I’ve got to go in there first and show them I belong on the team.’
“I brought him in and talked about that and thanked him for the position he’s taken, because, and I told him, ‘You’ve been around here the last week and I guess you’ve come to understand that’s exactly the way I’m going to treat you.’”
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