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Beware Of The Blues

from Don Brennan of the National Post,

“When we’re skating and we’re physical, I think we give them a lot of issues, whether that’s forechecking or defending,” said the St. Louis Blues captain, whose team takes on the Avalanche in a West Division first-round matchup that begins Monday. “When we play our heavy game and commit to it, and put pucks in and don’t feed their rush, we make it tough on them, and find ways to beat them. That’s what we’ve got to do. That’s got to be our focus. We know that they have a lot of talent over there. They work hard, but for us, it’s an exciting challenge.”

And then, in dropping the hammer, the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner added:

“We’re going to have some fun, and we’re going to beat them.”



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Video- Saluting David Backes

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Blues honoured David Backes in what will probably be his last game in St. Louis, and after the game, Backes was emotional as he hugged his former teammates.


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Who Could Be Available From The Blues And Blue Jackets

from TSN,

- Winless in their past seven games, the St. Louis Blues have dropped out of the playoff picture as the deadline approaches and it appears general manager Doug Armstrong could subtract, rather than add over the next five days.

"One guy who has nine goals and 21 points on the season is Mike Hoffman, a pending UFA who could also be on the move," TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said Tuesday on Insider Trading. "The St. Louis Blues are not out of contention but we know from GM Doug Armstrong's history, that he's not worried about trading pending UFAs when his team underachieves. He traded Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline in 2017 despite being in a playoff spot. He traded Paul Stastny to Winnipeg in 2018 despite being a point out, and word is, from talking to different teams around the league, that he's open to potentially moving some pending UFAs. The Blues have disappointed.

"Hoffman would be one, perhaps Tyler Bozak is another."

- Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard is listed at No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board, followed closely by captain Nick Foligno at No. 4. Portzline also lists defenceman Michael Del Zotto and one of either Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins as players who could be moved as Columbus shifts into sellers.

Portzline points to the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning as potential suitors for Savard and lists Toronto, the Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders as landing spots for Foligno, if he's open to a move.

more on each of the above plus Toronto talk...

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Video- “He Became The Personality Of The Blues”

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A Six-Year Extension For Jordan Binnington In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed goaltender Jordan Binnington to a six-year contract extension worth $36 million ($6 million AAV).

Binnington, 27, was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round (No. 88 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native is currently in his third season with the Blues and has posted a 63-24-11 record, a 2.38 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and eight shutouts across 102 regular-season games.

Since making his first career NHL start on Jan. 7, 2019 (3-0 win at Philadelphia), Binnington ranks second among goaltenders in wins, eighth in goals-against average and fourth in shutouts (min. 30 starts).

In 2019, he led the Blues from the bottom of the NHL standings to the Stanley Cup Championship, logging a 16-10-4 postseason record and becoming the first rookie goaltender in League history to record all 16 of his team's playoff wins. The following season, he ranked third among all goaltenders with 30 wins (30-13-7) and earned his first NHL All-Star selection.

This season, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound goaltender has made 19 appearances, posting a 9-6-3 record.

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Early Morning Line- Bob Boughner

The San Jose Sharks scored 6 unanswered goals, including 4 in the 3rd period to be the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. 

Game highlights are below.


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Doug Armstrong On Injuries And The Trade Deadline

from Lou Korac of In The Slot,

"I've been around the game for a while, this is the largest number of injuries we've had for the extent of time that they're going to be out," Armstrong said Monday before the Blues played the second of a six-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks.

Eight of them -- yes, eight! -- are currently shelved with some form of ailment, including defenseman Colton Parayko and forwards Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak, who Armstrong described as out indefinitely, meaning they could return soon, or not for a while.

They join Robert Thomas, who broke his left thumb Feb. 6 against Arizona and will be reevaluated in four weeks, which is roughly two more than originally thought; Ivan Barbashev, who sustained a hairline fracture in his left ankle Feb. 18, will be re-evauated in six weeks, and Jacob de la Rose, who left Saturday's 7-6 marathon win over San Jose with a lower-body injury, will go on injured reserve and be reevaluated in three weeks....

The Blues are going to have players out for the longer term, and with the trade deadline roughly five weeks away, do they look to the outside, or could they even try?

"Well, no, the cap is not really that big an ... it's an issue obviously," Armstrong said. "I obviously don't want to minimize it, but we certainly have enough space now with the guys that we have on LTI, even when Vladi comes back. When Bozie comes back, we'll have enough space. Gunny's going to be on there the rest of the year. With Gunny being on the rest of the year (and) on our opening day roster, we'd be at 23 players anyways. Obviously 4-6 weeks for Barbashev and Thomas, you never know, there might be somebody ... hopefully there's nobody else on that list at that time, so the cap is a work in progress, but it's something that we just have to work around, maintain and let me put it this way, I hope we have cap issues."


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Video- Jordan Binnington Gets Pulled, Then Gets Mad

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Blues goalie Jordan Binnington attempts to take on multiple San Jose Sharks players after being pulled from the contest.


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The St. Louis Blues Plan To Re-sign Jordan Binnington

from TSN,

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington is currently playing out the final season of a two-year, $8.8 million contract signed after he backstopped the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup in 2019. 

The 27-year-old is off to another strong start this season, with a 7-3-2 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average. He's started 12 games, compared to just four for backup Ville Husso, and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told The Athletic the intention is to sign Binnington to an extension.

“Yeah, we try and keep (contract negotiations) behind closed doors,” Armstrong said. “But you know, we drafted him, and he took the long road to get here, but since he’s been here, we’ve had success, and obviously we’re hoping to find a way to keep him here.

“If you look at this age and you look at what he’s accomplished, you know most teams have a No. 1 guy, and we have a No. 1 guy. Certainly, if he’s not here, we’re going to have to go find another partner for Husso. So, our goal is to keep him here, obviously.”


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Morning Line- Ryan O’Reilly

"We embarrassed ourselves tonight. That was very disappointing. The thing is, we came into the game and you could tell we didn't have the detail in it. The little things steamrolled into big things. It was everyone. I thought 'Binner' played outstanding the time he was in the net. He made some huge saves, but once they got that first one, we just tightened right up. We lost the details and it just steamrolled from there.

"We're embarrassed. That was not what we do. We stick with it and we compete to the end and we didn't. It's my fault, it's some other guys too. We have to find a way to get something out of it. It's very disappointing."

-Ryan O'Reilly, captain of the St. Lous Blues after an 8-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.  Lou Korac of Inside The Slot has more reaction and watch the game highlights below.

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