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“I definitely want him to say, at the end of the day, ‘Wow, why did I trade Erik Johnson? Don’t get me wrong, they got two great players over there. Shattenkirk and Stewart are both great players. But at the end of the day, I want to make Doug Armstrong regret trading me.”
-Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche talking about Blues GM Doug Armstrong. The two teams meet tonight. More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
The St. Louis Blues have traded defenceman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Chris Stewart, rookie defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second-round draft pick.
The draft picks could be used in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but there are conditions that could change that. If the Blues end up with a Top-10 draft selection, they can choose to transfer their 2012 pick instead. If that occurs, the Avalanche will also send their 2012 second-round pick to the Blues instead of their 2011 pick.
added 9:32am, ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired former first round draft choices Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second round draft choice from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional 2011 or 2012 first round draft choice.
“We’re very excited to acquire a young emerging power forward in Chris Stewart and a top young NHL defenseman in Kevin Shattenkirk,” said Armstrong. “These are two solid young players who will help us now as we continue to grow and improve our team. I would like to thank Erik and Jay for their service to the St. Louis Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck.”
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced tonight that the team has acquired defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, forward Chris Stewart and a second-round selection in either 2011 or 2012.
from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Upon re-evaluating Jaroslav Halak, the team placed their No. 1 netminder on seven-day injured reserve, retroactive to Monday’s 3-2 victory over Vancouver.
Halak injured his right hand — or blocker hand — during practice on Wednesday, skating off early. Team officials would not say if the problem is a recurrence of the earlier injury that caused Halak to miss 13 days….
The Halak development adds difficulty to an already demanding situation. Hoping to climb back into plausible playoff position, the Blues have six games in the next eight nights and seven in the next 10. Suffice to say the Blues should have a sharper image of where they stand when this sequence is over.
At the same time, the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 28) coincides directly with the conclusion of the busy stretch and general manager Doug Armstrong might have a more definitive idea on his approach to personnel moves. Pending the outcome of these next few days, the roster could look quite different.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Jaroslav Halak will not play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Blues have confirmed that Halak has an upper-body injury and they are listing him as day to day. It’s unknown at this point what the injury is, or when it happened. There are unconfirmed rumors that it’s hand-related.
Halak was on the ice for today’s morning skate. On a typical day, the starting goalie for that night’s game comes off the ice first, and the backup stays out until the end of practice. Today, Ty Conklin came off first and Halak quickly followed just a couple of minutes later.
Halak has practiced with the Blues every day since the team returned from the All-Star break. At the end of Thursday’s practice, the team went through extra drills and an additional non-NHL goalie was brought on the ice. At the time, that goalie was believed to be an extra body, as to not wear out the Blues’ netminders. But now it appears the Blues could have been nursing Halak’s injury.
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues announced Tuesday that tonight’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche has been postponed due to severe weather conditions.
A new date for the game will be determined by the National Hockey League (NHL).
“Due to the concerns and safety of our fans, players and staff, in conjunction with the NHL and the city of St. Louis, we have postponed tonight’s game,” said Vice Chairman and CEO of St. Louis Blues Enterprises Mike McCarthy.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
We keep waiting for the Blues to gain traction. First, let me offer all of the qualifiers: I understand that this team has been undercut by injuries. I understand that it takes time for young players to fully mature. I understand that chairman Dave Checketts, club president John Davidson and management entered Scottrade Center in 2006 and stepped into a horrible mess left by previous ownership.
That said ...
Don’t other teams have injuries? The Blues hardly are alone in getting rocked by rotten luck….
Even when the Blues make a heralded move — the acquisition of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, for example — it doesn’t seem to go as planned. At least not yet, in Halak’s case. He has an .896 save percentage in his last 29 games. That includes an .865 save percentage in his last 12 road games through Monday.
Gets the rebound off of Conklin’s pads, tries to clear, but…
Jaroslav Halak first with the pad, then the toe of his skate to keep the game tied late in the 3rd period.
from the CP at CBC,
Since every other NHL team had a chance to sign Wellwood and Svatos when the Blues did, was it a faux pas for the Sharks and Predators to then claim them off waivers?
“I think you’re probably better to ask other GMs that right now than me,” said Armstrong. “It’s somewhat frustrating — these other teams have had an opportunity to go do the work and they deemed it not necessary to go out.
“They’ve taken advantage of the situation that’s given them.”
Armstrong says he didn’t receive a call from Sharks GM Doug Wilson before Wellwood was claimed. He did hear from Predators GM David Poile before Svatos was grabbed.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
San Jose claims Kyle Wellwood on waivers from STL.
added 12:19pm, via Darren Pang tweet,
Wellwood just said he’s been thru all the time zones the last few yrs. He wanted to be a Blue, felt the chance to play was best in St Louis
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