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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (63) / 12/17/1951
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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. Aug 31 - 10:13 AM

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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.
Jul 1 - 10:37 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."
May 29 - 10:26 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.
May 27 - 4:48 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.
May 26 - 11:20 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.
May 23 - 11:23 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.
May 21 - 5:22 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.
Apr 28 - 3:26 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.
Apr 16 - 2:03 PM

Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that he may rest a few key Blues' players Saturday against Minnesota.

With the Blues safely in the playoffs and the game meaning nothing to the team, one or more of Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and T.J. Oshie (the Blues' hottest line at the moment) will sit out in favor of Olli Jokinen and Ty Rattie. As soon as we know more, we will pass it along.
Apr 11 - 12:46 PM

Ken Hitchock moved up to fourth all-time in career wins after Thursday's victory against Tampa Bay.

The win gave Hitchcock 693 in his career, which moved him ahead of Dick Irvin. Only Scotty Bowman (1244), Al Arbour (782) and Joel Quenneville (740) have collected more wins than Hitchcock. "He's got experience," Scotty Bowman said. "He served his time. He's demanding, which I think you have to be. Today's era, he gets his best players to play important roles."
Feb 15 - 10:13 AM

St. Louis worked on their penalty kill Sunday at practice.

The Blues have allowed 10 goals on the opponents' past 31 power plays. They have permitted two or more power-play goals against in three of four games during their losing streak. St. Louis currently owns the 25th-ranked penalty kill in the league.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:15:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues won four out of the five games on their now-expired homestand.

The Blues now ready for a four-game road trip which starts on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. St. Louis has been scrappy lately, but this could be a real test for Ken Hitchcock's team.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Rather than leaning on players in heavy defensive and offensive roles, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects to even things out next season.

This could be great news for a player like David Backes, who saw a significant amount of his shifts beginning in the defensive zone. That could subtly increase his scoring chances, SOG and maybe even production in 2014-15.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:18:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues have inked a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL Alaska Aces.

The Blues and Aces were previously affiliated from 2005 to 2012. The Aces won the Kelly Cup for the third time in their franchise's history in 2014.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Steve Ott
4Jordan Caron
5Magnus Paajarvi
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Patrik Berglund
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Petteri Lindbohm
6Robert Bortuzzo
7Chris Butler
8Peter Harrold
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen