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Blues Trade Deadline Actions Revolve Around Jackman

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jackman reportedly turned down the Blues’ initial offer, a three-year extension that averaged less than $3 million per season. Once believed to be seeking a contract with an annual payout in the $4 million to $5 million range, Jackman’s camp now appears to be looking for a figure closer to “market value.”

What is market value for the Calder Cup winner who will turn 27 on March 5? Jackman has struggled offensively (two goals, six assists) this season, but he ranks second on the team in ice time per game (21 minutes, 56 seconds).

Last week, Chicago re-signed Brent Seabrook to a three-year extension that averages $3.43 million per season. On Saturday, Minnesota signed Nick Schultz to a six-year extension averaging $3.5 million a year.

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St. Louis Blues On The Road To Recovery

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

Even if the Blues fall short in the standings, they are achieving a broader and more important goal this season: They’ve re-established a strong and meaningful presence in the St. Louis sports culture.

Fifteen is a huge number of sellouts considering that the Blues had only three home sellouts, combined, in the previous two seasons. In 2005-06, the Blues were 27th in the NHL in average home attendance (14,213). The team’s on-ice performance improved last season, but the crowds were slow to return. The 2006-07 Blues were last in the NHL in average home attendance (12,250) and sold only 59.6 percent of available tickets.

This season, the Blues are selling 83 percent of their seats, and their average home attendance of 17,456 ranks 13th in the NHL.

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What The Blues Could Do

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

But Davidson is sitting in much better position than he was two weeks ago. This upturn put the Blues back in the hunt and changed his perspective on the looming trade deadline.

There is no reason to bail now. Instead, Davidson can look for a defenseman-for-forward swap. He can also put some of his available budget room for 2008-09 to use, perhaps taking on a forward with remaining money (Alex Tanguay) or a pending free agent looking for long-term dollars.

The better the Blues play between now and Feb. 26, the better his options will be. They must keep grinding away toward the 96-point goal Murray has set for them.

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Blues Follow The Pittsburgh Plan

from the News-Democrat,

“Our mission is not to do anything out of a sense of panic or short term that would prevent us from taking our young kids and having them grow and making them better,” Checketts said. “Some of our biggest contributions this year have come from our younger guys.”

Davidson pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins as an example of how a team turns around.

The Penguins were in danger of leaving Pittsburgh until the arrival of No. 1 draft pick Sidney Crosby and other high draft picks. Their core group of youngsters also includes Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Ryan Whitney and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

They made the playoffs last season and are on the verge of becoming one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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Blues Need A Run

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

They must rack up about 40 points in their final 28 games to have a chance. They must do this in a highly competitive atmosphere, one that may prompt other playoff contenders to make long-range sacrifices to acquire immediate help.

It won’t be easy for the Note.

“We have to get on a roll here,” Legace said. “We have to win 10 or 11 in a row to get back in this. We can do it, we’re capable. We play well enough defensively. We just have to get some bounces.”

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Report- Barret Jackman Rejects Latest Offer From Blues

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

According to sources, Blues defenseman Barret Jackman rejected a multi-year contract offer from the team earlier this week.

One source indicated that the Blues’ offer averaged less than $3 million per season. Jackman, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is making $2.2 million this season. He signed a one-year contract last summer when he and the Blues couldn’t agree on a long-term contract.

“The discussions are healthy and ongoing . . . that’s all I can say,” Blues President John Davidson said Friday. “With Barret, it’s been an ongoing conversation since last summer. You try to find some common ground. If you do, you do. If you don’t, you don’t.”

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Blues Try To Forget Recent Past

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Now, with the Blues mired in their lengthiest slump since the coaching change, Murray is concerned that the club is reverting to its old ways. After Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay — the Blues’ ninth defeat in 11 games — Murray angrily suggested that a “losing culture” was infecting the team’s postseason hopes.

Asked Wednesday to elaborate, Murray said, “They haven’t won much here for about three years, and we’ve been trying to change that. Is that a culture issue? I don’t think our issues are physical, so are they environmental? I’m not sure.

“You kind of thought we were turning the corner ... you don’t want to slip back, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid right now.”

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Average Won’t Cut It

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

To make the playoffs this season, the Blues will have to play extraordinary hockey down the stretch. Ordinary won’t cut it these days in the NHL’s Western Conference.

There is one great team on this side of the league, the Red Wings. One team, the Kings, appears to be a dead team skating.

And you can put the other 13 teams into a giant pile -– since very little separates them. Let’s take a quick look at the Blues’ competition:

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Morning Line

via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“One thing I told them … I don’t want to read in the paper tomorrow that you don’t have confidence,” Murray said. “You’re in the National Hockey League and you’re a part of the St. Louis Blues. You know how to play well. We need you to play well.

“If you don’t have confidence, which I don’t think that’s a word … it’s just an excuse word … if that’s how you feel, then come and tell me before the game because then I won’t play you. I put players on the ice in games that I believe in. I believe that our goalie is going to be good, I believe we’re going to be good on the power play. I believe in every single player that we put on the ice.

“Don’t give me an excuse word.”

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Time For A Blues Turnaround

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

But for the Blues, it goes beyond a losing streak that has blossomed to four games. After a 16-9-1 start, they are 6-8-5 in their last 19 games before heading into today’s rematch against Nashville.

“This is not just one game,” Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said after Saturday’s loss to the Predators. “This has been happening.”

The Blues’ problem areas have been well-documented. The power play has been weak all season, and in a recent stretch, the team received little offense from its skilled forwards. The even-strength scoring has improved lately, but then at times, the defense fails to match its high level from earlier this season.

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