Player News - Blues

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Alex Steen (shoulder) might be ready for the regular season opener, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

Steen had to pull out of the World Cup, but there's some optimism around his status for the start of the year. "We're still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he'll jump right into the flow drills — that's the idea now," Armstrong said. "But we're not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I'm not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he's in great shape, he's ahead of schedule and we're hoping that he's ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive." Whenever he returns to full health, Steen will be an intriguing fantasy option. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has already said that he plans on playing Steen with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Aug 26 - 11:25 AM

Alex Pietrangelo was humbled to be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues made the announcement official during a news conference on Thursday. "Humbling is a good word," Pietrangelo said. "I’m excited, I’m nervous, I think it’s every emotion you can come up with. This group of guys who have worn the ‘C’ have carried themselves in a way that I want to carry myself. They still to this day carry themselves in a great way." He replaces David Backes, who went to Boston in free agency.
Aug 26 - 11:13 AM

Mike Weber will attend St. Louis Blues camp on a professional tryout.

Weber started the year with the Buffalo Sabres, but was traded to the Washington Capitals before the trade deadline. The 28-year-old had a goal and five points in 45 games last season.
Aug 24 - 11:17 PM

Jay Bouwmeester had been added to Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.

He'll take the roster spot of Chicago's Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester won gold with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics. The 32-year-old scored three goals and 19 points in 72 games with the Blues last season.
Aug 24 - 4:07 PM

Alex Pietrangelo will reportedly be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

He'll be the 21st captain in franchise history. The Blues are looking for a new captain after David Backes signed with Boston in free agency. Pietrangelo was drafted fourth overall by the Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has played in 459 games with the team since then. The 26-year-old had seven goals and 37 points in 73 games last season.
Aug 24 - 2:38 PM

Vladimir Sobotka is still planning on making a return to St. Louis in 2016-17.

Sobotka's agent, Petr Svoboda, has made it clear that his client wants to come back to North America after spending time in the KHL. But in the last few days, reports in Russia have suggested that Sobotka is considering staying in the KHL next season. Blues GM Doug Armstrong spoke to Svoboda earlier this week and it sounds like the plan is still for Sobotka to come back to the NHL. We'll only know what Sobotka's true intentions are when training camp opens next month.
Aug 18 - 11:53 AM

T.J. Galiardi will atttend St. Louis Blues camp on a PTO.

Galiardi spent last season with Malmo in Sweden and recorded three goals and 15 points in 29 contests. In the NHL, he last played for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2014-15 season, where he scored one goal in 38 games. Like all players on a PTO, he'll be a long-shot to make the team.
Aug 17 - 12:46 PM

Don't be surprised to see Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny play together in 2016-17.

Ken Hithcock said as much during an interview with the St. Louis Dispatch. Of course, we may have to wait before seeing the trio come together because Steen underwent off-season surgery and may not be ready for the start of the year. "We have a chance to load up the line, so when everybody is back (healthy), we will probably want to look at that combination," Hitchcock said. "The great chemistry that Schwartz and (Vladimir) Sobotka have allows us to do that." These three playing together would be great for their fantasy value.
Aug 15 - 12:20 PM

Even though the Blues might have a young team, head coach Ken Hitchcock believes they have enough experience on their roster.

The Blues lost David Backes and Troy Brouwer in free agency and they dealt veteran goalie Brian Elliott away, but Hitchcock still feels comfortable with his young leaders. "We’ve got experienced players who are just hitting their prime now," Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of guys that started young and we’ve grown them into the group. We are a veteran team that has a chance to get even better because they’re just starting to reach maturity." It'll be interesting to see how this edition of the Blues respond on the ice in Hitchcock's final year behind the bench.
Aug 15 - 12:15 PM

Vladimir Sobotka is close to becoming an official member of the St. Louis Blues again.

GM Doug Armstrong told ESPN's Craig Custance on Monday that he is finalizing the paperwork to bring Sobotka back into the fold. "He's ready to come over," Armstrong added. Sobotka has played the last two seasons in the KHL.
Aug 4 - 6:23 PM

Martin Havlat hopes to be back in the NHL this coming season.

According to agent Allan Walsh, Havlat has started skating and training with HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga. The veteran intends to play in the NHL, so he could be looking for a training camp invite. Havlat appeared in just two games with St. Louis last season after he was signed in November and he contributed one goal.
Aug 2 - 12:08 PM

Danny Kristo has re-signed with the St. Louis Blues.

His one-year contract will pay him $575,000 at the NHL level or $175,000 in the AHL. Kristo notched 25 goals and 48 points 71 games with the Chicago Wolves last season. He has spent the last three seasons in the AHL and hasn't played any NHL contests yet.
Aug 1 - 8:30 PM

Alexander Steen would prefer to get a new contract signed before the start of the 2016-17 season.

He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Blues lost David Backes and Troy Brouwer to free agency this off-season, so GM Doug Armstrong may operate with more urgency with regard to Steen.
Jul 31 - 4:48 PM

Brad Hunt will probably play for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL in 2016-17.

He played there in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Hunt inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues earlier this month. He didn't have a point in seven appearances with the Oilers last season, but he produced 13 goals and 28 assists in 57 matches with Bakersfield.
Jul 30 - 11:58 AM

Alexander Steen is progressing well from shoulder surgery.

He is hoping that he will be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey for Sweden, but it may be too soon for him to be ready for the tournament. However, this update is encouraging because it could mean that Steen will be recovered in time to start the regular season.
Jul 29 - 3:16 PM


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