Player News - Blues

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The Blues have left an assortment of interesting forwards off their protected list.

Vegas will certainly kick the tires on Nail Yakupov, David Perron, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera and Ty Rattie. The Blues did protect the following players: Patrik Berglund, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson, Alex Pietrangelo and Jake Allen.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 12:21 PM

The St. Louis Blues have hired Craig Berube as an associate coach.

Berube spent two seasons serving as the Philadelphia Flyers head coach, but he was relieved of his duties with the team in April 2015. After that he served as the bench boss with the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Daniel Tkaczuk is also joining the Blues as an assistant coach while David Alexander is taking over as the goalie coach. They're joining assistant coaches Darryl Sydor and Steve Ott and head coach Mike Yeo.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 5:48 PM

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Dispatch thinks the Ilya Kovalchuk to the Blues makes a lot of sense.

Brodeur obviously knows Kovlchuk after spending parts of four seasons together while playing in New Jersey. One of Brodeur's jobs with the Blues is to make trips overseas and a meeting or two between the two former teammates has likely happened while Kovalchuk has been playing in the KHL. Rutherford still thinks it's a tough deal seeing as all the hoops any team that trades for Kovalchuk will have to go through with the NHL. If a deal were to happen, having Kovalchuk and Tarasenko coming down the ice on opposite wings will scare many teams.
Jun 10 - 10:37 AM

Craig Berube has reportedly interviewed for coaching jobs with the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers this off-season.

Despite interviewing for those two openings, TSN's Darren Dreger says he expects Berube to be an associate coach with the St. Louis Blues. Berube spent last year as the head coach of the AHL's Chicago Wolves. He was the head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2013 to 2015.
Jun 7 - 8:12 PM

The St. Louis Blues might be trying to get the Vegas Golden Knights to take Jori Lehtera in the expansion draft.

Lehtera had a 44-point rookie campaign, but he declined offensively in each of the two seasons that followed, including his 22-point showing in 2016-17. Due in part to that, he probably wouldn't be Vegas' first choice among the Blues' unprotected players, but St. Louis has two first-round draft picks and some good defensive prospects, so the assets are there to sweeten the pot for the Golden Knights. Vegas is expected to start announcing deals with other teams this week, so we could find out soon if Lehtera is indeed heading their way.
Jun 5 - 10:52 AM

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper really likes what he's seen from Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

Cooper has coached Parayko on two separate occasions this season. First, Cooper had him while he was serving as an assistant coach with Team North America at last fall's World Cup of Hockey. More recently, Parayko and Cooper were reunited when they were both part of Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship last month. "On Sept. 3, I had no idea who Colton Parayko was and now a year later ... I definitely know who Colton Parayko is," Cooper said. "He’s basically what every general manager in hockey wants. He’s a (6-foot-6) defenseman that can play every inch of the ice. You need him on the power play, he can do it. You need him on the penalty kill, he can do it. You need him 4 on 4, he can do it. You need him 3 on 3, he can do it. He can play in every situation." That's some high praise from the Lightning coach.
Jun 3 - 9:40 AM

Barret Jackman has joined the St. Louis Blues as their development coach.

Jackman announced the end of his playing career back in October. Although he last played with Nashville, he inked a one-day contract with St. Louis so that he could retire as a member of the Blues. That made sense given that he spent 803 of his 876-game career with St. Louis. Now he'll get to stay with the organization in the next chapter of his journey. "I think the development thing is perfect for me," Jackman added. "I have an opportunity just to focus on a couple of guys instead of a whole team. I always felt as a player that I was pretty good in helping the younger guys, and this is an opportunity to continue to do that without having to get beat up on the ice every day."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 2 - 12:09 PM

Tage Thompson feels he gained valuable experience by finishing the season in the AHL.

"It was exactly what I needed and exactly what I was hoping for, a stepping stone," Thompson said. "Had I not made that jump at the end of the season, I wouldn't have known probably what it takes. Ultimately the goal is to make St. Louis next season, so now that I've got the experience of playing in Chicago I'm more prepared for training camp." He recorded 32 points in 34 games for the University of Connecticut prior to joining the Chicago Wolves. With the Blues' minor-league affiliate, Thompson had one goal and one assist in 16 outings as well as three points in 10 playoff matches. It's unclear if he'll be ready to make the jump to the NHL next season, but he should make progress as a potential top-six forward.
May 31 - 1:25 PM

Joel Edmundson is expected to take on a larger role with the Blues in 2017-18.

Edmundson has formed a solid shutdown pairing with Colton Parayko and the duo was impressive in the playoffs. "I feel like I've been around long enough," said the 23-year-old blueliner. "I can definitely lead the way to the younger guys. ... Having a full year of experience, going through the playoffs last year, the confidence (this year) was there. I think that's what's going to be good for our group going into next year." His offensive success in the postseason may give him confidence to get involved in the play more often during the regular season. Still, he probably won't have much in the way of fantasy value next year.
May 30 - 4:11 PM

Steve Ott has been hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

That also means he's ending his playing career at the age of 34 (he'll turn 35 on Aug. 19). Ott had three goals and seven points in 53 games between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings this season. Over the course of his career he's played in 848 regular season games, including 122 with St. Louis. He also appeared in 61 playoff contests. "I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career," said Ott. "The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I'm excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise."
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 4:24 PM

Darryl Sydor has been added to the coaching staff of the St. Louis Blues as an assistant.

Sydor was an assistant coach on Mike Yeo's staff during his stint with the Minnesota Wild. "I am excited to have Darryl back on my staff," said Yeo. "He was an outstanding teacher during our time in Minnesota and will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team." Sydor didn't have his contract renewed by the Wild after the 2015-16 season following a drunk driving incident.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Blues owner Tom Stillman likes the work GM Doug Armstrong is doing.

The Blues were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by Nashville, but that hasn't affected the way Stillman sees Armstrong. "You need to keep a longer view on things like that," said Stillman. "You don’t evaluate the performance of a top-level manager based on the latest current losing streak or a rough patch. I felt confident that Doug was making the right decisions and looking at the long-term, and that’s our focus, being competitive not just this year but next year and the following year." It doesn't sound like Armstrong is on the hot seat right now, but that could change in a hurry if the Blues struggle next season.
May 22 - 10:15 AM

The St. Louis Blues might enter the 2017-18 campaign without their own primary AHL affiliate.

With the Blues losing the AHL's Chicago Wolves to the Vegas Golden Knights, it looks like St. Louis will be the only team in the NHL without a primary AHL affiliate. That means the Blues won't have any say over an AHL team's coaching staff or management. The Blues will still be able to send some players to the Wolves, but they won't have enough spots available for all of St. Louis' prospects so they'll need to spread them out among multiple AHL teams. It's a far from ideal scenario, but the AHL will likely expand to 31 franchises in 2018, which will prevent this from happening in the future.
May 19 - 11:04 AM

St. Louis has made some cuts to their coaching staff.

GM Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that Ray Bennett, Steve Thomas, Rick Wilson and Ty Conklin will not return next season. "I would like to thank Ray, Steve, Rick and Ty for their service to the Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Armstrong. "Mike Yeo and I will work together in the off-season to fill the coaching vacancies for next season."
May 16 - 2:07 PM

Jori Lehtera did not like the way the 2016-17 season went for him.

"It was a bad season for myself," Lehtera said. "I thought everything is going to come, I don't have to work through this. But ... it didn't. So it's just I have to go back to the work-basis and have a great summer workout-wise, come here and show everybody again I can play much better hockey." He accounted for just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games. Lehtera will likely be exposed in the expansion draft, but that doesn't mean that Vegas will be interested.
May 15 - 12:18 PM


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