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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In a civilized society, no NHL team should be forced onto the road in March for a nine-game, 20-day, zig-zagging excursion covering 8,178 miles….
It all started with a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Wednesday night. After finally winning a game at home, the Blues had to travel overnight to Motown through wintry weather, check into their hotel in the wee morning hours and then play later that day.
Not surprisingly, the Blues lost their legs against the free-wheeling Wings.
From Detroit, the team headed across the continent to Vancouver
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are in crisis mode. They can’t score goals, can’t win games, and the coach is questioning his players’ commitment. Big, bustling crowds have come into Scottrade Center with renewed hopes and dreams, only to go home disappointed.
From the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the team has signed forward Brad Boyes to a long term contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Getting Brad signed was one of our top priorities this season,” said Davidson. “We are counting on him to be an integral part of our offense for years to come.”
Update 2:02am ET: From the CP via TSN,
Brad Boyes, among the NHL leaders with 32 goals, signed a new US$16-million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues coach Andy Murray, who consults with Davidson when making out the lineup, says, “There’s a code of conduct that has to be learned to be a professional. And David isn’t quite there yet.”
That code requires being at practice on time, giving his entire attention to drills, treating teammates with respect and understanding nuances of the game on and off the ice.
Perron admits he’s guilty of some infractions. At times this season, he’s been seen flailing his arms in frustration after a line partner fails to handle a pass.
“You’re going to go like this,” Murray says, waving his arms, “to Keith Tkachuk? You’ve got to be careful.”
Christian Backman to the Rangers from the Blues for a 4th round pick per TSN.
Update 3:07pm ET: TSN link
The New Jersey Devils have bolstered their defence for the stretch run, acquiring defenceman Bryce Salvador from the St. Louis Blues.
continued… *Cam Janssen going the other way, to the Blues
from the St, Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Barret Jackman has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Barret has been a staple on the blueline for the Blues since his rookie season,” said Davidson. “He logs plenty of minutes per game and will continue to be a key part of our team as we move forward.”
from the NY Post,
When Blues defenseman Barret Jackman goes on the league-wide market today, it will be a signal that the Devils couldn’t come up with a satisfactory package to land the 2003 Rookie of the Year, an upcoming unrestricted who doesn’t turn 27 until March 5.
The asking price will be a first-rounder, a star prospect and a valuable veteran, and that would probably be too much for Lamoriello. Instead, the Devils’ GM would more likely turn to Jay McKee from the Blues’ backline by tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
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.
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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