Player News - Blues

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The St. Louis Blues have extended a professional tryout offer to Scottie Upshall.

St. Louis has also offered a PTO to veteran forward Scott Gomez. The team has a vacancy because Patrik Berglund is out with a major shoulder injury. Upshall had eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with the Florida Panthers last season.
Sep 1 - 6:09 PM

Marcel Goc has agreed to terms with the German league's Adler Mannheim.

Goc has 75 goals and 188 points in 636 career NHL games. The native of Germany is still only 32 years old, so it wouldn't be shocking if he ended up returning to North American hockey before he hangs up his skates.
Sep 1 - 4:03 PM

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

The St. Louis Blues didn't make big changes this off-season, but GM Doug Armstrong's still hoping to bring in the "first of many" Stanley Cups.

That's a throwaway comment at a fan event, for the most part, but it's also a reminder that the Blues boast a lot of the tools a team needs to go big. Don't be too shocked if there's an in-season trade or two if St. Louis gets off to a slow start.
Aug 30 - 3:22 PM

While Robby Fabbri seems like the most obvious player who may step in with Patrik Berglund out some time for the St. Louis Blues, Ty Rattie could also get a better opportunity.

Rattie, 22, generated 42 points in 59 AHL games and two assists in 11 contests with the Blues last season. He was the 32nd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Aug 29 - 4:00 PM

Kyle Brodziak is expected to shift up and down the lineup in 2015-16.

"They told me that I'd probably play the first two periods on a line with (Ryan) Reaves and (Steve) Ott and be the responsible guy so they can be set free (to disturb and bang)," said Brodziak. "I know Hitch uses his fourth line a lot. After the second period, they said I might move up in the lineup and play a few more minutes." That plan may change now that Patrik Berglund will start the year on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery. Brodziak could end up centering the third line if Scott Gomez or Robby Fabbri don't earn roster spots out of training camp.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Patrik Berglund had successful shoulder surgery on Friday.

The Blues stated again that Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund wasn't expected to be much of a fantasy factor this season after a pair of unproductive years, but his injury will give opportunities to Dmitrij Jaskin, Robby Fabbri, Ty Rattie and Scott Gomez at training camp.
Aug 28 - 3:27 PM

Robby Fabbri has a better chance of making the Blues out of camp because of Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury.

Fellow prospect Ty Rattie and camp invitee Scott Gomez, who agreed to attend on a professional tryout, will be in the running for a roster spot as well. Fabbri has the talent to seize the opportunity and he impressed the team at last year's training camp.
Aug 27 - 9:15 PM

Patrik Berglund sustained a shoulder injury while training for the upcoming season and he'll be re-evaluated in four months.

He will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday. Berglund had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 games last season.
Aug 27 - 2:00 PM

Scott Gomez will attend training camp with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout.

He generated seven goals and 34 points in 58 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. Gomez and new assistant GM Martin Brodeur have a relationship from their days with the Devils organization, which may have played a part in this opportunity. Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury will give him a chance to get an NHL deal with the Blues.
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

Petteri Lindbohm is projected to replace Barret Jackman on the back end this campaign.

"Last year, nobody really knew me, but it's still the same thing this year," said Lindbohm. "I want to play up here, so I'm fighting for that. There's still a lot of (defensemen) fighting for that position. I'm one of those guys and I hope I get it." Colton Parayko and Jordan Schmaltz will be looking to be the next Petteri Lindbohm this fall at camp and possibly see time with the Blues at some point during the season. He dressed in 23 games with St. Louis last season
Aug 24 - 3:37 PM

Olli Jokinen is still an unrestricted free agent.

Jokinen played for Nashville, Toronto and St. Louis last season, playing 62 games. The 36-year-old had only four goals and 10 points last season and he could have a tough time garnering a new contract in the NHL. He made $2.5 million last season but will definitely have to accept a lot less, if a team is ready to offer him a deal.
Aug 18 - 6:28 PM

Scooter Vaughan has signed an AHL deal with the Chicago Wolves.

He skated in 71 games with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport last season, where he earned 16 points and 102 penalty minutes. Vaughan doesn't have any NHL experience.
Aug 14 - 1:45 PM

Eriah Hayes has signed with the AHL's Chicago Wolves for the 2015-16 season.

He produced eight goals and 25 points in 59 games with San Jose's minor-league affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, last year. Hayes also made four NHL appearances and he didn't pick up a point.
Aug 13 - 6:29 PM

Paul Stastny felt more comfortable as a leader with the Blues as the season progressed.

"By the end of the year I started speaking up. The first year with a new team, you kind of fly under the radar and be quiet. But as you get older you have to speak up," he said. "You want to win. If you see something go wrong, you're not going to sit there and not say anything. (Leadership), it's another attribute and ability that you're good at, and feel like you're not being used for it and kind of hindering yourself and not being involved as much as you should be. But at same time when you come to a new team, especially a team that's good and has been built from the bottom, they already have their leaders." He is expected to take on a larger role in his second season with St. Louis.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 11 - 7:07 PM

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