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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (64) / 12/17/1951

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Blues GM Doug Armstrong was more than happy to sign Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension.
"It says a lot about what’s important to him," Armstrong said. "We all know that free agency was an option for him, but he stepped up and over the course of the summer made it clear he wanted to find a solution to stay in St. Louis, and from our perspective we made it clear he was a player we wanted to keep here in St. Louis. We’re excited to have him on board. He’s a big part of our leadership group now and in the future." Steen's deal is worth $23 million in total. Sep 24 - 11:02 AM

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Even though the Blues might have a young team, head coach Ken Hitchcock believes they have enough experience on their roster.

The Blues lost David Backes and Troy Brouwer in free agency and they dealt veteran goalie Brian Elliott away, but Hitchcock still feels comfortable with his young leaders. "We’ve got experienced players who are just hitting their prime now," Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of guys that started young and we’ve grown them into the group. We are a veteran team that has a chance to get even better because they’re just starting to reach maturity." It'll be interesting to see how this edition of the Blues respond on the ice in Hitchcock's final year behind the bench.
Aug 15 - 12:15 PM

Steve Thomas has joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

Thomas is coming over from Tampa Bay after spending two seasons as a Lightning coach. As a player he was a veteran of 1,235 NHL games and another 174 playoff contests. He had 421 goals, 933 points, and 1,306 penalty minutes.
Jun 30 - 3:51 PM

Mike Yeo traveled to St. Louis to meet with the Blues on Thursday.

Yeo might end up as an assistant coach with St. Louis. He spent the previous four seasons as the Minnesota Wild's bench boss and was the head coach of the AHL's Houston Aeros before that. It's possible that the Blues are not only looking at Yeo as an assistant, but also as Hitchcock's eventual successor. Yeo is 42 years old while Hitchcock is 64.
Jun 3 - 9:10 AM

The AHL's Chicago Wolves have parted ways with longtime head coach John Anderson.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. Anderson spent 14 seasons over two stints as the head coach of Chicago. He had a 624-368-24-100 record with the club and won four championships - two Turner Cup victories when the organization was part of the IHL and he helped claim the Calder Cup twice. "The Wolves organization will forever be indebted to John for all of the championships and wins," said Wolves chairman Don Levin. "Right from his first year with the team, when we won our first championship, he set high standards and expectations for our players and his personality and coaching style made hockey fun for our fans. We will always consider him part of the Wolves family."
Jun 2 - 5:15 PM

The 2016-17 season will be Ken Hitchcock's last as a head coach.

"I just feel like I've got this really good year in me," he said. "... This season has invigorated me like no season before." Hitchcock guided the Blues to a 49-24-9 record in 2015-16 and the team advanced to the Western Conference Final in the playoffs.
May 31 - 11:38 AM

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench of the St. Louis Blues in 2016-17 after agreeing to a one-year contract with the organization.

The Blues announced the one-year deal with their head coach on Tuesday. Hitchcock owns a 224-103-36 record with St. Louis and his .667 career points percentage is the best in franchise history.
May 31 - 11:08 AM

With the late editions of David Backes (U.S.), Alex Pietrangelo (Canada), Colton Parayko (North America) and Dmitrij Jaskin (Czech Republic) the Blues will have seven players participating in the World Cup.

They will join Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia), Alexander Steen (Sweden) and Jori Lehtera (Finland) who were among the original 16 players chosen by their repsective countries.
May 28 - 11:17 AM

The St. Louis Blues have stumbled a bit at home in the postseason.

The Blues dropped to 4-5 at home during the playoffs following a 4-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday night. "I think we didn't play very well," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We've seen this at home a lot. I'm not sure why, I'm not sure the players even know why. We seem to want to play a little different at home than we do on the road. They were much better than us, probably in every aspect, especially on special teams. We tried to play the same way we did in Game 1 and didn't get away with it." St. Louis went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 2, while the Sharks were 2-for-5 on their man advantage situations. They will try to get back on track on the road in Games 3 and 4 in San Jose.
May 18 - 8:54 AM

The Blues' power play has been lethal in the playoffs thus far.

It is functioning at a 28.1% success rate, which not only leads the NHL but would also set a franchise record should it continue. Obviously, if the Stars are going to have success against the Blues, they are going to have to figure out a away to keep out of the penalty box.
May 7 - 11:02 AM

The St. Louis Blues aren't worried about losing Game 1 to the Dallas Stars.

The Blues have faced adversity in the playoffs, as they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after blowing a 3-1 lead in the series. "I think there’s just confidence in our game," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We’ve been able to meet adversity square on and move it forward by playing well. We had a lot of adversity after Game 6. The game last night felt like Game 6, to be honest with you. "We answered the bell (in Game 7), and I think we got a chance to do it again tomorrow. But I think there’s elements of our game when we see them visually we feel real good about what the outcome is going to be. They weren’t there yesterday. Other than the first 11 minutes they really weren’t there. We were chasing people up and down the ice. But the first 11 minutes if we could copy that we’d be happy with it."
May 1 - 10:24 AM

The Blues lost in every aspect of Friday night's game.

They were outhit (32-26), outshot (42-32) and outscored (2-1) by the Stars in the 2-1, Game 1, loss Friday night. The Blues are going to have to pick up their game as only Brian Elliott's brilliance kept the contest from being a rout in Dallas' favor.
Apr 30 - 12:03 PM

St. Louis will need to improve their penalty kill in Round 2 of the playoffs.

They gave up six goals on 19 opportunities to the Blackhawks in the first round. St. Louis owns the second-worst penalty kill percentage (68.4 percent) in the postseason, which could get them into trouble against Dallas.
Apr 29 - 9:33 AM

The St. Louis Blues have let back-to-back games get away from them because of their poor effort in the third period.

The Blues have dropped three in a row, including Thursday's game to Minnesota and Saturday's game to Toronto. "It’s two games in a row where we’ve been tied in the third period, played really well, and lost the third period," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We lost faceoffs, lost the special teams game, two games in a row. Disappointing. We put in a really good effort in the first two periods, couldn’t get a lead, couldn’t sustain any good minutes with a lead, they came back and got momentum on us right away on their first goal. It was right there for us again."
Jan 3 - 10:55 AM

Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock has shuffled his team's forward lines for Saturday's contest against the Maple Leafs.

The Blues, who have trouble scoring in five-on-five situations will ice the following lines: Vladimir Tarasenko-Paul Stastny-Alex Steen, Magnus Paajarvi-Patrik Berglund-David Backes, Robby Frabbri-Jori Lehtera-Troy Brouwer and Dmitrij Jaskin-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Jan 2 - 12:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Paul Stastny
2Jori Lehtera
3Kyle Brodziak
4Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4David Perron
5Magnus Paajarvi
6Landon Ferraro
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Patrik Berglund
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton