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from the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent forward Brad Winchester.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Red Wings added explosive scorer Maria Hossa via free agency. The Blackhawks added offensive defenseman Brian Campbell and goaltender Cristobal Huet.
The Blues have countered by signing two depth players—defenseman Mike Weaver and forward Matt Foy, Ho and Hum—as free agents….
Instead of adding a lot more this summer, the Blues are planning to get a lot more from what they already have. Everybody has to do a much better job.
Watching the players and coaches respond to this challenge this fall will be fascinating.
Survival was part of the game…
St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal.
“We are excited to have Jay in our core group of young players,” said Davidson. “He will provide some stability and experience on the penalty kill and we are expecting his offensive numbers to improve with the more ice-time he gets.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have been especially careful, adding depth defenseman Mike Weaver to offset the loss of Matt Walker. The team also extended an offer sheet to Canucks restricted free agent Steve Bernier, a pointed payback for Vancouver’s bid on David Backes.
But there are always several GMs out to make a splash. Some are new to their job. Others are fighting to keep their gigs.
Some represent new owners seeking to start their run with some style. And there are always a few big-market GMs with money to burn.
read on plus a look at some of the moves that have been made in the NHL…
via press release:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Yan Stastny to a two-year deal.
“Yan can play many roles within our organization,” said Davidson. “He has skill, is great at faceoffs and can kill penalties.”
Update 2:02am July 4th— Stastny’s 08/09 salary is being listed at $710,000. No figure available for year two.
NHL.com provides a a selection of articles rounding up all the latest happenings in the Central Division. Articles posted today include:
“Davidson Sees the Blues Making Strides” by Mike G. Morreale
“Blackhawks a Team on the Rise” by Brian Compton
“Jackets Still Seeking Elusive Playoff Berth” by Mike G. Morreale
“Wings Dominated en Route to Stanley Cup” by Brian Compton
“Despite Ouster, Reasons for Preds to be Proud” by Mike G. Morreale
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. :Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues plan to be fiscally responsible again this year. They signed free agent Paul Kariya to a three-year, $18 million contract last season but don’t plan to be as busy on July 1. The club is sticking with its plan of building from within.
“I think we’re going to be pretty quiet ... but you never know,” Checketts said. “What I don’t want to do is prevent somebody from getting some (ice) time out there that is going to grow and really develop into a player.”
The Blues had a payroll of $45 million last season with a $50.3 million cap, and they have committed about $48 million toward next season.
from the Nashville Predators,
The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.
“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”
added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.
“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘
Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”
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