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

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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

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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

The St. Louis Blues got off to a great start in Saturday's game against Toronto, but were unable to hold on.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock was disappointed that his team refused to stick with their game plan. "We played 15 minutes the right way, had all kinds of success," Hitchcock said, "and then refused to stay with it. Figure out whatever term you want to use, but when you play that way, you don’t respect the lines on the ice, you don’t respect the deep game, and you pay the price because of it. We’re scoring one goal a game. We had a great start to keep up the pressure and then that wasn’t good enough. We decided we wanted to play a different way. And by the time we decided to catch it back up it was way too late.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock believes his team made too many mistakes in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

"It was a hell of a hockey game," said Hitchcock. "But I want to win those games. I’m sure the players do too. I just don’t want to be the team making the mistakes when the game is on the line. And we made big mistakes. We were moving the game along at a great pace, we were really starting to take control and do the things we needed to do, (and) we made big errors."
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 11:42:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild are developing a strong rivalry.

"I think that’s where you build your rivalry. They beat us," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said Saturday, prior to the Blues’ 3-2 overtime win against the Wild. "We really played well against them for a long period of time, and then when they beat us in the playoffs. And then they beat us again in the first game (this season), that obviously gets your attention.I think you look at it right now, I would say they’re probably playing the best of anybody in the Central right now."
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 11:30:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues will need to work even harder than usual to come up with positive results.

The Blues are without forwards Paul Stastny, Robby Fabbri and Jadedn Schwartz in Saturday's overtime loss to the Islanders and their coach knows they'll have to get creative to come up with victories. "I think, quite frankly, until we sort out our roster, this is what it is," Ken Hitchcock said. "We’re going to have to find ways to gather points in, going to have to find some different chemistry, get a little bit creative here with what we do with our roster and get more from certain people. If we keep up our work ethic like we are now, keep our spirit up, we’ll get through this thing and hopefully come out better.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:05:00 AM

While Blues coach Ken Hitchcock obviously wishes that Patrik Berglund didn't need shoulder surgery, the bench boss does see a silver lining in the timing of the news.

Berglund is out for a minimum of four months. "You never want to see a guy get hurt," Hitchcock said, "but it couldn't come at a better time because it allows us to have preparation for finding his replacement. It gives us time to look at guys in training camp. We've brought in some NHL players to take a look at, bona fide NHL players, so we've got lots of time to see how it works. If this happens during the season or even during exhibition season, it's a different story, but we've got a lot of time to figure it out and we're going to get a good player back when we need him the most." Scott Gomez might help fill the void after accepting a professional tryout offer with the Blues.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 10:13:00 AM

With Vladimir Tarasenko set to become a restricted free agent, the St. Louis Blues are expected to be quiet on the UFA front.

"We'll talk to our own restricted free agents, but we're going to stay away from the unrestricteds until we find out what Vladi’s intentions are," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If we can find the depth player that we want, we're going to fill out our roster. But as far as making a significant addition to our team, we're not looking for a top-five defenseman or a top-10 forward until we get Vladi done." Part of the reason for that is the Blues want to keep enough cap space free to guard against an offer sheet should Tarasenko sign one. The fact that Armstrong is in a strong position to match any potential offer sheet might be enough to convince other teams that it's not worth it.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock sees the benefit in agreeing to one-year deals.

Hitchcock signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for the 2015-16 campaign. The length of his deal shouldn't be taken as a sign that he's on thin ice, if for no other reason than the fact that one-year extensions have been the norm between Hitchcock and the Blues for a while now. "There's a sense where you have to perform with a one-year contract," Hitchcock said. "I like it. I don't know how to describe it. You're coaching like it's your first and last year. You have to stay sharp ... I like anything that doesn't allow me to live in the past or in the future. I want to stay in the now and not take anything for granted."
Fri, May 29, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Coach Ken Hitchcock wants the Blues to play a more "reckless" brand of hockey in 2015-16.

"(Our style is) too conservative, it's too careful, it's too much skill ahead of work," he said. "We've got to get back to reckless. We've got more skill than we've ever had since I've been here. But skilled, careful hockey doesn't win. You've got to play reckless. We need to get back to the reckless play we had before. That's what Doug and I talked about. You can do it and still be responsible. But we've got to get back to reckless play. We've got to ask more people to be involved offensively and defensively." Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong want to add more speed to the lineup going into next year to help match their new game plan.
Wed, May 27, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench in St. Louis for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract with the Blues after his future with the club was cloudy following another short playoff appearance. St. Louis has been incredibly successful during the regular season under Hitchcock, but he's won just one playoff series in four seasons.
Tue, May 26, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Ken Hitchcock is likely to remain the coach of the Blues next season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

"The word we’re getting out of St. Louis is that barring anything dramatic happening, Ken Hitchcock will be back as coach of the Blues next year," Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada. Hitchcock has coached the Blues for four seasons, helping lead them to the playoffs in each one. The catch is that the Blues have been knocked out in the first round the past two seasons.
Sat, May 23, 2015 11:23:00 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock are still talking about the coach's future in St. Louis.

"We're not going to put a specific date on when we'll have a decision," Armstrong said. "Ken and I have had really good communications since the end of the season. When I was in Europe we talked quite a bit. We're talking again now. We're both still discussing what we need to do get better and going through the process." Armstrong thinks the two of them are making progress toward making a decision, but it isn't ready yet. St. Louis has been great in the regular season since Hitchcock starting coaching, but they haven't had any success in the postseason.
Thu, May 21, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock isn't sure if he'll return for the 2015-16 campaign.

"I need time," Hitchcock said. "I need time to reflect, some time to evaluate right now, what I've done, what I've accomplished, what's happened to us, both positive, a lot of it, and the negative, which goes with the territory. I feel like I've let people down right now and I need to look at that and what needs to improve and I want time and space to evaluate it. I'll sit down with Doug, we've been together a long time, I know how good a coach I am, I know what I can do." Since Hitchcock has taken over, the Blues have posted an incredible 175-79-27 record. At the same time, they've won just one playoff series in four years over that span.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 03:26:00 PM

St. Louis has plenty to prove going into their first-round series against Minnesota.

"We've got plenty to prove, there's no question about it," said captain David Backes. "We've had shortcomings in the past few years. We feel we have a deeper team, a more prepared team, a team that's playing better hockey, and healthier than we have been in the last few years in the playoffs. So it's time to put all those things to fruition and show what we can do." St. Louis has one series victory in the past three postseasons and they have been bounced in the first round the last two years.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
6Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Patrik Berglund
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Chris Butler
9Petteri Lindbohm
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen
3Anders Nilsson