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Feeling Good In St. Louis

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

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong waited out the free-agent frenzy and added character, grit, Stanley Cup experience and some size to his forward lines.

Blues fans should feel good about these latest moves. Let’s break them down:

Jason Arnott: The big (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) center/winger can still score, as he demonstrated last season while tallying 17 goals for the Devils and Capitals. He waived his no-trade protection last season to move from New Jersey to Washington to take a run at another Stanley Cup….

Jamie Langenbrunner: He turns 36 this month. He scored just nine goals last season for the Devils and Stars. But scored 130 points from 2008-10 in New Jersey and also brings a Stanley Cup pedigree (Stars 1999, Devils 2003)....

Scott Nichol: This career pest has never scored more than 10 goals in the season, but he hasn’t stuck for 552 games because of his scoring touch. The man gets after people, as his 808 career penalty minutes attest….

more on each player…

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Report- Blues Sign Langenbrunner & Arnott

via Lou Korac tweet,

The Blues have signed Jamie Langenbrunner & Jason Arnott to one-year contracts. Team will announce shortly.

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

According to NHL sources, the Blues have signed Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott each to one-year deals. To be announced soon.

Update 3:32pm ET: St. Louis press release on Arnott—

St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Jason Arnott to a one-year contract.

“Jason is a veteran forward and a Stanley Cup Champion who will be a valuable addition to our club,” said Armstrong.  “He’s a proven leader and we are excited that he has decided to wear the Bluenote.”

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner, jason+arnott

Scott Nichol Signs With Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Nichol to a one-year, one-way contract. 

“Scott is an experienced, honest player and an excellent face off guy,” said Armstrong.  “He will provide a positive veteran presence to compliment our current group.”

Nichol, 36, spent this past season with the San Jose Sharks dressing in 56 games and tallying seven points (four goals, three assists) to go along with 50 penalty minutes.  The 5’9”, 180-pound forward is a veteran of 11 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons including stints with Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Nashville and San Jose where he has spent the past two years accumulating 30 games of playoff experience.  In 552 career regular season games, Nichol has recorded 118 points (52 goals, 66 assists) as well as 808 penalty minutes

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D’Agostini Signs 2 Year Deal with St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Matt D’Agostini to a two-year contract.

“Matt had a solid year for us last season,” said Armstrong.  “We look forward to his continued growth as a Blue and in this league.”

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Blues Sign Oshie For One Year

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward T.J. Oshie to a one-year contract. 

“We’re excited to have T.J. in the fold for another season,” said Armstrong.  “His energy and versatility make him an integral part of our club.”

Oshie, 24, dressed in 49 games for the Blues this past season recording 34 points including 12 goals, 22 assists and a +10 rating.  The 5’11”, 195-pound forward posted a career-high seven-game point streak from Oct. 11 to Oct. 28 (one goal, eight assists) and also led the club in shootout shooting percentage converting on four of his five attempts (80%) for the year.  Oshie has played in 182 career National Hockey League (NHL) games over three seasons with the Blues, amassing 121 points including 44 goals and 77 assists.

multiple reports say $2.35M

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  Tags: t.j.+oshie

What The Blues Can Do

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

With potentially $46 million penciled in, the Blues would have to spend at least $2 million to reach the $48.3 million floor. It’s believed that their budget is above that mark, but well below next year’s $64.3 million salary cap.

“We’re looking to improve our team, but in a fashion that’s responsible to the organization,” Armstrong said. “We’ll have the flexibility to add players, but we have to be cautious. We’ll start with the group that’s on our list.”

Forwards who could be on the Blues’ list include Colorado’s Thomas Fleischmann, Carolina’s Chad LaRose, Nashville’s Joel Ward, Vancouver’s Chris Higgins, Minnesota’s Andrew Brunette and Dallas’ Jamie Langenbrunner….

Asked if he believed the ‘complementary’ players available in free agency could fit in the Blues’ budget, Armstrong said: “Time will tell. There’s value to every player in my mind. We have to stay inside that value, or (if that’s not possible) look at trades.”

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Blues Sign Crombeen to 2-Year Extension

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward B.J. Crombeen to a two-year contract extension.

“B.J. has been a true professional for the Blues organization on and off the ice,” said Armstrong.  “His gritty play and leadership qualities fit in well with our mix of players.”

Crombeen, 25, has spent the majority of the past three seasons with the Blues including playing in a career high 80 games in 2010-11 recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 154 penalty minutes.  Overall, the 6’2, 214-pound forward has appeared in 248 games in his four-year National Hockey League (NHL) career totaling 53 points (26 goals, 27 assists) to go along with 509 penalty minutes.

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Blues Name Tim Taylor As Director of Player Development

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Tim Taylor as Director of Player Development.

“Tim brings a wealth of experience to our club with over 700 NHL games under his belt,” said Armstrong.  “His success as a two-time Stanley Cup winner gives him a unique perspective to pass on to our young players.” 

Taylor, 42, retired from the National Hockey League (NHL) following the 2007-08 season after a 13-year career including stints with Detroit, Boston, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay where he was named the franchise’s eighth captain in September of 2006.  The Stratford, Ontario native appeared in 746 regular season games during his career recording 167 points (73 goals, 94 assists) and 433 penalty minutes as well as 89 playoff games tallying 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and serving 73 penalty minutes.  Taylor is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion winning with both Detroit in 1997 and Tampa Bay in 2004.

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Blues Expect To Be An Improved Team

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“We should be better,” Davidson said. “Last year was, I hope, just a real strange set of circumstances that we can put behind us. If we add a couple of pieces (this summer), if they’re intelligent pieces, there’s absolutely no reason we shouldn’t compete.”
That’s why he wanted to stay.
Asked what it would feel like to watch the Blues succeed from afar, he said, “That would just drive me nuts. I want to see Patrik Berglund in two or three years. I can just see what Alex Pietrangelo is going to be ... same for a lot of these guys. We’ve got some talent here, and these guys are getting close, and I want to be part of it.
“I know it’s the players the people come to watch. The franchise is the St. Louis Blues. It’s not Dave Checketts or John Davidson or anybody else. It’s the Blues’ players and Blues’ history. From our fans to our players to our coaches to our management, we’ve gone through a lot of growing pains. We haven’t gotten there. But if this team ever jumps that hurdle, this place will go crazy. That’s my dream. I could go back to television possibly, but I wouldn’t have that dream.”

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Blues Re-Sign Vladimir Sobotka

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year contract extension. 

“Vlady is a hard-nosed two-way player that filled many roles for us last season,” said Armstrong.  “His work ethic is an excellent representation of our organization.”

Sobotka, 23, completed his fourth NHL season and first with the Blues in 2010-11 setting career highs in games played (65), points (29), goals (7), assists (22) and penalty minutes (69).  The 5’10”, 190-pound forward has appeared in 199 games during his four-year NHL career accumulating 51 points including 13 goals and 38 assists to go along with 133 penalty minutes.

added 1:36pm, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Sobotka extension is $3.9 million total. He will make $1.2, $1.3, $1.4 over the next three years.

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