Player News - Blues

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Left winger Alexander Steen, who was held out of the Blues' previous two preseason games because of an undisclosed injury, scored one of the St. Louis goals in the team's 3-1 exhibition triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

Also scoring for the Blues were David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko. Ryan Murphy had Carolina's only goal. Brian Elliott was the winning goal, giving up only the Murphy goal on 20 Carolina shots. Canes goalie Cam Ward let in three goals on the Blues' 29 shots.
Sep 30 - 10:23 PM

Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Patrik Berglund will start the year on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie.

Berglund didn't have a successful transition from center to the wing last season, but the Blues feel it was because he wasn't given a chance to solidify himself anywhere. Perhaps a move alongside a pair of talented players will help in that regard.
Sep 30 - 4:52 PM

Alexander Steen (undisclosed) will get into St. Louis' lineup on Tuesday night.

He was held out of the team's previous two preseason contests after he got "banged up" in a scrimmage. Steen is excited to be seeing game action even if it is just the exhibition schedule. He's slated to play with Paul Stastny and Joakim Lindstrom.
Sep 30 - 4:35 PM

Colin Fraser has been placed on waivers by St. Louis.

Fraser had two assists in 33 games with Los Angeles last season. He's guaranteed at least $250,000 even if he spends the full campaign in the minors.
Sep 29 - 12:41 PM

Chris Butler is on waivers.

Butler had two goals and 16 points in 82 games with the Calgary Flames last season. He agreed to a one-year, two-way deal over the summer. He hasn't played in the minors since the 2008-09 campaign, but unless he gets claimed, that will probably change soon.
Sep 29 - 12:40 PM

Petteri Lindbohm has dressed in three of the Blues' four preseason games.

"Talk about coming from left field ... nobody knew anything about him," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's got size, he's got a bomb for a shot, he's really competitive as heck. He's certainly put himself in the mix now, which is pretty impressive for a young guy. When the dust settles, he's going to be in the mix, looking for a spot on the team. That's a horse coming from a long way's back, but that's what he's done. It's very impressive." He's among the final 11 defensemen at training camp for St. Louis, but it wouldn't be a shock if he was one of the last cuts.
Sep 29 - 11:21 AM

St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong says he isn't concerned with Jaden Schwartz missing 10 days of training camp.

Schwartz and the Blues agreed to a new contract on Saturday, but Armstrong is confident that the young forward will be able to catch up to the rest of his teammates. "Training camp’s a very important part of the season and if it wasn’t important, we’d have everybody start Monday," said GM Doug Armstrong. "I think he’s going to be behind the rest of the group. The good thing is he’s been training hard and he’s young, so I think he’ll be able to physically catch up. We have new players on the team that he doesn’t know, so he’ll have to take a crash course into how they play." Schwartz took a big step forward last season registering 25 goals and 56 points in 80 games last season. Look for his offensive production to keep climbing going forward.
Sep 28 - 11:21 AM

Paul Stastny found the back of the net in the Blues’ 4-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

The Blues will hope Stastny can bring this offensive success into the games that really count. Another 25-goal, 60-point season should be attainable. Robby Fabbri scored the other goal for the Blues.
Sep 27 - 11:15 PM

Jaden Schwartz will be paid $2 million in his first year of his new two-year contract.

He will make $2.7 million in the second year. It’s not uncommon for a deal to be structured this way for a restricted free agent who is already very good and should only get better. It helps to maximize Schwartz's next contract when he has arbitration rights, presuming he continues to build on an impressive 25-goal, 56-point season.
Sep 27 - 8:16 PM

The St. Louis Blues signed Jaden Schwartz to a two-year deal reportedly worth $4.7 million on Saturday.

If Schwartz meets or exceeds his 25-goal, 56-point totals from 2013-14, this is a huge steal for the deep and diverse Blues attack. The good news is that this brief contract gives Schwartz plenty of motivation to max out his totals to get a bigger deal once he "crosses this bridge." Schwartz has potential to break out even more in 2014-15, so he's worth a deep draft pick in any format.
Sep 27 - 6:16 PM

There is breaking news out of St. Louis that Jaden Schwartz and the Blues are close to finalizing a contract.

Schwartz, a restricted free agent, had been holding out and was not with the Blues for the first 10 days of training camp. It is not known if this is a long-term or short-term deal, but in any case, it looks as if something will be finalized by the end of the day. Stay tuned for further details.
Sep 27 - 1:28 PM

Look for Joakim Lindstrom to get the first chance to play with Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen.

He has a history with coach Ken Hitchcock in Columbus who believes he might mesh well with the newly-acquired Stastny and last season's breakout player, Steen. Needless to say, if Lindstrom can keep this gig, he will be draft worthy in most hockey pools.
Sep 27 - 1:24 PM

The Blues made five roster cuts Saturday morning.

Sent down to Chicago of the AHL were forwards Jeremy Welsh, Cody Beach, Sebastian Wannstrom and Pat Cannone and defenseman David Shields. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was particularly impressed with Beach, who he said had a "hell of a camp".
Sep 27 - 1:18 PM

Ivan Barbashev has been cut from the St. Louis Blues' training camp roster.

Barbashev got to participate in Thursday's 5-4 preseason loss to Columbus first. He logged 10:32 minutes and had two shots on goal. He will report to the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats.
Sep 26 - 12:26 PM

Paul Stastny made his preseason debut in a St. Louis uniform on Thursday and he earned an assist on goal by Joakim Lindstrom.

"It was a great pass," Lindstrom said. "He put it right where I needed it so I could shoot a one-timer. It was a great pass." The marker got the Blues on the board late in the first period after they fell behind 4-0. St. Louis went on to lose the contest by a score of 5-4. Stastny was supposed to play with Alexander Steen in the game, but Steen got "banged up" in Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage and was held out as a precaution.
Sep 26 - 11:07 AM


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