ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Assistant General Manager and Director of Amateur Scouting Jarmo Kekalainen has resigned to take the role of General Manager of the Jokerit Hockey Club in his native Finland, effective June 30th.
“I would like to thank Jarmo for all of his time and hard work as he traveled the globe to find the best possible players for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club,” said Davidson. “I wish him and his wife Tiina nothing but the best in this new endeavor.”
“I would like to thank the St. Louis Blues organization for allowing me this opportunity with Jokerit,” said Kekalainen. “I am 100 percent committed and focused on selecting the best possible prospects for the Blues in this upcoming NHL Draft.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will be sidelined 8-10 weeks with a fracture/dislocation of the right hand. King was evaluated on Monday by Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University’s Department of Orthopedics. The injury occurred on Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Dallas.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Brendan Bell.
Bell, 26, played in 53 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) along 24 penalty minutes. He also played in 15 games with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate Binghamton Senators. The 6-2, 211-pound defenseman has played in 101 NHL games, amassing 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) and 24 penalty minutes.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Roman Polak.
“Roman played his best professional season this past year,” said Davidson. “He’s a solid young defenseman who is continuing to grow and will play a huge role with our team.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Steve Wagner.
Wagner, 25, skated in 22 games for the Blues last season, collecting four points (two goals, two assists) along with 18 penalty minutes.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has agreed to terms with group II free agent goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
Toivonen, 25, played in 52 games last season with Ilves in Finland, posting a 19-23-9 record along with a 2.68 goals against average and three shutouts. The 6-2, 200-pound goaltender has played in 61 National Hockey League games, recording an 18-24-10 record, one shutout and a 3.37 goals against average.
The Kalvola, Finland native was acquired by the Blues from Boston in exchange for Carl Soderberg on July 23, 2007. Toivonen was originally drafted by Boston in the first round, 29th overall in the 2002 Entry Draft.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed forward Ian Schultz.
Schultz, 19, played for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL last season, notching 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) along with 127 penalty minutes in 58 games played. The 6-2, 200-pound forward was selected in the third round, 87th overall by the Blues in the 2008 Entry Draft.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has recalled forward Yan Stastny from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Stastny, 26, has played in 34 games this season with the Blues, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) along with 20 penalty minutes. He also recorded 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) and 21 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games with Peoria. Stastny has four points (two goals, two assists) in three playoff games this season with the Rivermen and is looking to make his NHL postseason debut.
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed forward Aaron Palushaj.
Palushaj, 19, (pah-LOU-shy) was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Northville, Michigan, Palushaj played in 39 games this season for the University of Michigan and registered 50 points (13 goals, 37 assists).
Last month, Palushaj was named to the All-CCHA first-team. The team is voted by coaches of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He will report to Peoria for the rest of the season.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired forward Jonathan Filewich from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional 6th round draft choice in 2010.
Filewich, 24, has played in 19 games this season with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording four points (two goals, two assists) and six penalty minutes. Last season, the 6-2, 208-pound right winger made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh, skating in five games. In addition to last season, he also appeared in 71 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, registering 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) and 44 penalty minutes.
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