Player News - Blues

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Jaden Schwartz still doesn't have a contract with the Blues, so he won't be in attendance for the start of training camp.

"We've had dialogue recently," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here today, I don't expect him here tomorrow. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers and when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here." No future talks are scheduled, but Armstrong doesn't want to provide another update on the situation until the team is able to announce a new deal.
Sep 18 - 1:55 PM

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.
Sep 16 - 3:18 PM

The St. Louis Blues have extended a training camp tryout offer to Paul Bissonnette.

Bissonnette is a physical depth forward that, to be honest, might be better known for as a Twitter personality than a hockey player. That's not to suggest that Bissonnette has no value on the ice though. He's a physical forward that can fit in on the fourth line and if he gets into a situation where he's playing regularly, then he'd be a decent source of penalty minutes in fantasy leagues.
Sep 16 - 10:53 AM

Jake Allen has a great deal of respect for Brian Elliott, but he won't be satisfied with simply being a backup in 2014-15.

"But my job is to push him, to make him be the best he can be, and vice-versa," he said. "When I'm in the net, that’s his job. As I said, we get along great, so that's not an issue. But when I get my chance, I'm going to make the most of it. I want to get in the net and play like I'm a No. 1. I feel like I'm ready to do that." Allen has a chance to wrestle the starting job from Elliott, but the Blues have already stated that Elliott will be the club's starter when the season begins.
Sep 15 - 4:45 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (hip) skated for about 10-15 minutes on Monday before coming off the ice.

He underwent surgery back in May and plans to take it slow heading into training camp. Gunnarsson is hoping to be available when the Blues begin the regular season, but he thinks it's early to look ahead that far right now.
Sep 15 - 2:01 PM

Rookie Robby Fabbri scored twice but it was not enough as the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a rookie tournament at Traverse City Michigan.

Fabbri was drafted 21st overall in the 2014 Draft and he showed Blues fans why with his goal scoring exhibition. Jacob Doty also scored for the Blues while Mathew Dumba, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Walters and Christian Folin with the overtime winner, replied for the Wild.
Sep 13 - 10:41 PM

Ty Rattie was impressive in a 6-5 overtime loss between the Blues' and Red Wings' rookies Friday night.

He scored a goal and registered two assists in the contest. The Blues like the way Rattie has matured physically and as a player since they drafted him three years ago and believe he is on the cusp of making the NHL. Even with Jaden Schwartz unsigned at the moment, Rattie will have a tough time cracking the Blues' roster out of training camp. But he should be one of, if not the first, call up should the team suffer an injury.
Source: Blues.com
Sep 13 - 2:00 PM

Chicago Wolves coach John Anderson believes that Ty Rattie will be in the NHL sooner rather than later.

"I think he's right on the cusp," Anderson said. "The one thing about Ty is he's a very coachable young man. He's a great person. He is a great scorer, but usually scorers get that reputation where they don't want to listen. But he's the exact opposite. He wants to do what it takes to get there. He's just a pleasure to coach." Rattie amassed 31 goals and 48 points in 72 games with with the Wolves last year. He didn't pick up a point in two appearances with the Blues. St. Louis has a deep roster, so it's likely that Rattie will begin the year in the minors again.
Source: In the Slot
Sep 11 - 6:28 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.
Sep 9 - 5:18 PM

Jori Lehtera could find quick chemistry in his first NHL season with Vladimir Tarasenko, whom he played with for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with KHL club Novosibirsk Sibir.

"We played together in Russia for a couple years, (and) it was a really good time," Tarasenko said. "He’s a really skilled player. He can score, he can pass. I liked to play with him." In the latter season in 2011-12, Lehtera produced at over a point-per-game pace with 26 points in 25 games. Tarasenko notched 38 points in 39 games that same season with Sibir. Lehtera is definitely a first year player to keep an eye on this season.
Sep 7 - 10:23 AM

Brian Elliott said he looks forward to the challenge of being the St. Louis Blues' No. 1 goalie.

"This is Brian Elliott's job. He earned it," Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. Elliott's noted as a rather unpredictable netminder stats-wise, and with Jake Allen looming as a threat, he's a high-risk/high-reward proposal in fantasy.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 6 - 2:54 PM

Despite rumors that suggest David Backes would be switched to right wing to play alongside newly-signed Paul Stastny, the all-purpose forward will remain at center to start training camp.

In fact, Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock has indicated he would like to have the following pairs work together when camp opens in order to develop chemistry which would form the basis of the team's forward lines: Backes and T.J. Oshie, Stastny and Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin. Interesting. Let's see if Hitch sticks with this plan.
Sep 6 - 11:35 AM

Colin Fraser's newly signed one-year, two-way contract comes with a $650,000 cap hit if he plays in the NHL.

Fraser will still earn at least $250,000, even if he spends the entire season in the minors. He'll probably start the 2014-15 campaign in the AHL, but he should be one of the first players the Blues call up in the event of an injury.
Sep 5 - 6:41 PM

Colin Fraser has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Fraser had two assists and 30 penalty minutes in 33 games with Los Angeles in 2013-14. He's not likely to make the Blues' opening game roster, but he shouldn't be completely ruled out.
Sep 5 - 6:27 PM

Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues still have a significant gap to overcome in contract talks.

"I would characterize it as the discussions are ongoing," said Schwartz's agent, Wade Arnott. "We've had lengthy discussions over the past few weeks with (Blues general manager) Doug Armstrong regarding Jaden's situation. We remain significantly apart on our respective positions at this point." Armstrong confirmed that there's a "gap in the level of compensation." Both sides have agreed that a bridge contract is the likely path, but money is the issue here. The Blues want to see more from him before investing heavily in his abilities, while Schwartz's camp feels he proved a lot with an impressive year in 2013-14. Training camp is just two weeks away from opening.
Sep 3 - 5:59 PM


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