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.
Martin St. Louis is hoping to be a bigger contributor in the second round.
St. Louis has been limited to one assist in five playoff games. With Mats Zuccarello sidelined due to what might be a concussion, the Rangers will likely need more from St. Louis to get past the Washington Capitals. The good news for the Rangers is it's not hard to envision St. Louis bouncing back with a breakout performance during the second round.
Travis Hamonic (leg) will not need surgery.
Hamonic thinks he might have even been able to rejoin the Islanders in 10-12 days if New York had lasted that long. In other words, he should be fine for the 2015-16 campaign. He had five goals and 33 points in 71 contests.
Nate Thompson (upper body) skated on the fourth line during Tuesday's practice.
There's a good chance Thompson will be ready for Game 1 of the second round. If he does play, it will likely be alongside Emerson Etem and Tim Jackman.
Although he hasn't had any talks with the Ottawa Senators yet, Andrew Hammond would like to re-sign with the team.
Hammond is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. After posting a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 games in 2014-15, there should be some interest in his services, but Ottawa might not be a good fit for him. The Senators already have Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract so unless Hammond is willing to sign another two-way deal and start the season back in the AHL, it's hard to envision him and the Senators seeing eye-to-eye.
Chris Phillips (back surgery) should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Phillips had the operation on April 21, but he's expected to be fine in four-to-six weeks. That gives him plenty of time to get ready for training camp. He had three points in 36 contests in 2014-15.
Keith Yandle (soreness) missed his second straight practice on Tuesday.
Yandle has missed a lot of practices over the course of the playoffs, but for the most part they were attributed to a stomach virus he was playing through. More recently his absence has been blamed on "overall body soreness." He's still expected to participate in Game 1 of the second round series, but it seems safe to say that he's not 100%.
Vladimir Tarasenko plans to play for Team Russia in the 2015 World Championships.
Tarasenko had six goals and seven points in St. Louis' first round series against Minnesota, but it wasn't enough to save the Blues. This will be the second time Tarasenko has participated in the Worlds, with his first appearance coming in 2011. He should play a much bigger role this time around.