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The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports that the Blues are considering moving Kevin Shattenkirk even though St. Louis is in the thick of the Western Conference's playoff race:
Doug Armstrong is facing a deadline dilemma. Since deciding he’d send head coach Ken Hitchcock packing in favour of Mike Yeo on Feb. 1, the St. Louis Blues are back in a playoff position and heading into Saturday’s action they were five points ahead of the Nasville Predators for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.
Now, the Blues’ GM has an even bigger decision to make regarding unrestricted free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk.
He is regarded by many in league circles as the biggest chip available at the March 1 trade deadline, but Armstrong is facing the reality that the Blues are in the thick of the playoff race in the West. Can he really afford to send Shattenkirk elsewhere just because he won’t sign a deal?
The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams that have shown interest.
Right now, the asking price for Shattenkirk, 28, who has 11 goals and 42 points, has three elements: a high-end prospect, a first-round pick and another piece. Teams don’t want to pay that for a rental and the Blues are willing to do a sign and trade. However, a deal fell through recently.
“If they can get a good deal I think they’ll take the assets,” said a league executive Saturday.
Garrioch continues with many rumors...
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
I reported on Insider Trading Thursday that there are a number of teams with interest in Kevin Shattenkirk. These clubs believe he can help as a rental, but they’re also suffering from sticker shock, with the rumoured open-market number for the pending unrestricted free agent floating around $7 million per on a seven or eight-year term.
I seemed to rankle a few on social media by acknowledging Shattenkirk is viewed by some with interest as a power-play specialist who isn't great at 5-on-5. On a contending team, he's seen as a second- pairing defenceman at best.
To be clear, this isn't my assessment of Shattenkirk's play. It’s the opinion of coaches and general managers who know his game, have an appreciation for his talent and have interest in what he might bring to their club. They also have reservations based on his perceived limitations and, obviously, the St Louis Blues’ asking price....
Sources say the asking price for Shattenkirk last summer was a young roster player and a first-round pick – a price too lofty for teams to pay for a player entering the final year of his contract. If a team steps up in the days ahead with interest in a trade and extension, St. Louis might attract a decent package. Based on the multiple teams I talked to who have interest, the term and top-end dollar will be a problem.
more plus the Canadiens are all in...
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did an online Q & A today...
When asked about the hold up on moving Shattenkirk,
The hold up is that Armstrong is looking for a deal that makes sense for the team. It's no secret that they'd like to trade him, but they're not going to make a deal they'll regret to make it happen now. The comments from Shattenkirk's agent, Jordan Neumann, were understandable because they felt that a trade would happened near the draft based on the information that they had been given. I've since asked Armstrong about the situation and he speaks as though Shattenkirk will be a Blue to start the season. That could be posturing to get the most from other teams who want Shattenkirk, or he could really feel that way. Bottom line, the Blues have plenty of time to trade Shattenkirk before he walks for nothing. Even if he's here to start the year and has a good year, that only drives up his price. They have until the deadline next year, so to me it's nothing to worry about. I'm not downplaying the situation, it is a significant storyline but there's no real rush.
a few more Shattenkirk related quetions plus more on the Blues...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Jobs in St. Louis depend on a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Blues’ scoring concerns are real - particularly in the postseason - and general manager Doug Armstrong has an opportunity to deal from a position of depth. With the Blues, Shattenkirk is a No. 2 pairing defenceman behind fellow right-shot Alex Pietrangelo. Shattenkirk’s next contract is looming large. Sound familiar?
Unlike (Seth) Jones, whose stock remained consistently high, the sense is Shattenkirk - a former Olympian and one of the best puck-moving defencemen in the league - is underappreciated in St. Louis. Jay Bouwmeester’s injury has skewed the data recently, but eyebrows were raised last Thursday when Shattenkirk played just 17:37 in an overtime loss at Colorado.
Shattenkirk is producing at an All-Star level this season. He is on pace for a career-best 52 points and he’s managed nine points at even strength while his three most common partners are Joel Edmundson, Carl Gunnarsson and Petteri Lindbohm, according to hockeyviz.com. Nagging injuries - groin this year, abdominal surgery last season - have kept the buzz around his game to a relatively low level.
Shattenkirk has one more season left at a manageable $4.25 million. It’s unlikely that the budget-conscious Blues will ultimately sign Shattenkirk to a new deal with a higher AAV than Pietrangelo’s $6.5 million, which is Shattenkirk’s market value.
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According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox:
- The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for a young player with a comparable contract in return for Jonathan Drouin, which is why Robby Fabbri's name is making the rounds;
- Kevin Shattenkirk's name is on the market because St. Louis was going to send him to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, and he may still be available as the Blues look to add offense;
- Keith Yandle is probably going to be traded because the Rangers won't re-sign him as a free agent;
- The All-Star Game may include a "quiet meeting" about expansion, but no vote by the Board of Governors;
- Jakub Kindl is on waivers and the Red Wings are cap-crunched due to Johan Franzen's LTIR issue and Kyle Quincey's $4.25 million salary coming back on Monday, and it's 50-50 as to whether Kindl might be claimed;
- Friedman reports that the NHL may change All-Star voting to allow fans to pick captains or issue a list of candidates from which the fans can pick All-Stars;
- Cox states that William Nylander is on a slow but steady return process from a concussion suffered at the World Juniors;
- And Robin Lehner should return to the Buffalo Sabres next week:
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from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues center Paul Stastny will miss some time after blocking a shot in Friday's 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
The club announced that Stastny has flown back to St. Louis and a further update on his status will be given after the team returns to town from its current six-game road trip.
So, the Blues will be without their top-line center Sunday in Winnipeg, Tuesday in Montreal, and likely longer.
Stastny was hit by a slap shot off the stick of Vancouver's Matt Bartkowski with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second period. He left for the locker room and did not return for the remainder of the period.
From StLouisBlues.com's Chris Pinkert:
As the preseason wraps up with tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues are hitting the road for a four-day team-building trip in Ann Arbor, MI.
The team will hold daily practices at the University of Michigan’s Yost Arena, but outside of that, the players will be free to relax and enjoy a short break before returning to St. Louis on Monday afternoon.
“It’s about being together and doing team activities,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “Having some team activities that we can just have fun with, along with some good stress-less practices up there, I think we’ll really enjoy it.”
Shattenkirk, who billeted with a family in Ann Arbor while representing the U.S. National Development Program, will watch the Wolverine’s ice hockey team on Sunday evening. His billet family’s son, Niko Porikos, wears No. 22 for the Wolverines.
Other plans include a little fly-fishing for goalies Jake Allen and Brian Elliott and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big House for the coaching staff.
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In what continues to be the case locally, Blues’ trade talk is overshadowing the scheduled events on the NHL calendar.
Over the weekend, the chatter garnered more attention than the league draft, and on Wednesday, word of the club perhaps being interested in dealing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk consumed the opening day of free agency.
The Blues have been the subject of much trade conjecture over the past couple of months, but for the most part, it’s been confined to a handful of players: T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes to name a few.
Now, the Blues have put Shattenkirk in the mix, at least gauging interest in what the All-Star could bring, according to league sources and media reports that have cited Edmonton, Columbus and Philadelphia as possible partners.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong did not immediately return a message late Wednesday. Jordan Neumann, Shattenkirk’s agent, told the Post-Dispatch that he believed the reports are “not true.”
from Kevin Shattenkirk at The Player' Tribune,
I'll never forget playing against Nick Lidstrom for the first time and seeing all the little things he did on the ice that go unnoticed. He was so good at knocking the puck down out of midair whenever teams tried to dump-and-change. It was almost impossible to chip one by him. I remember thinking, “Man, I need to steal that move. That’s a super important thing to master.”
Even though Nick is retired now, I’m still watching guys in the league and trying to steal their tricks and implement them into my game. I really enjoyed Logan Couture’s article on Elite Centers, and I thought I’d try my hand at breaking down the defensive plugs.
Please don’t hate-tweet me that I left someone out. This list is mostly guys I see all the time.
The first name that comes to mind when I think of elite defensemen is Drew Doughty. Drew plays with a confidence and almost an arrogance (I mean that in a good way) that allows him to try things on the ice that other defensemen wouldn’t. He’s obviously a great skater — the way he can weave through defenders in the neutral zone while keeping his head up at the same time is something that’s hard to coach. But his real superpower is his intuition.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will undergo abdominal surgery after suffering an i
Shattenkirk will have the surgery in the next seven to 10 days and be listed as week-to-week following the procedure.
Shattenkirk, 26, leads all defensemen with 32 assists and ranks second with 40 points overall through 49 games this season.
In addition, the 6-foot, 202-pound rearguard ranks second among all skaters with 24 power-play points, including a career-high 20 power play assists.
The Blues announced he would not return today, lower-body injury.
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.