Player News - Blues

Date: Team: Pos:

Patrik Berglund is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

It's the second time in three summers that Berglund has suffered a shoulder injury while training. "This one came completely out of the blue, so it hit me much harder," Berglund said. "You haven’t had any problems with it and out of nowhere you’ve got an injury with this much magnitude. It happened right at the beginning of my workout. I was doing some sledwork outside on the pavement. I was going to max push the sled forward. You keep your arm out straight and you go down really low to get that power, and right when I was going to push, I slipped with the foot that I was pushing with and my body launched forward. I didn’t get the chance to protect my arms and my shoulder, so my body went forward and I got stuck in a bad position." Berglund is expected to return to the Blues lineup in December.
Aug 22 - 11:25 AM

Luke Opilka has undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

The Blues drafted Opilka in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This is his second hip surgery in just over a year. The 20-year-old had a 13-13-3 record with a 3.58 goals-against-average and a .889 save percentage with OHL Kitchener last season. He's expected to be out until December.
Aug 19 - 11:29 AM

Robby Fabbri (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Fabbri's season came to an end in February after he tore his ACL. The Blues forward has resumed skating with some of his teammates this offseason, but he isn't allowed to engage in any contact yet. If he doesn't suffer a setback between now and September, he's expected to be a full participant in training camp. "I have a good two months here to really start pushing on the ice now that I'm cleared," Fabbri said. "I'm already seeing the improvements from the few skates that I've had. It's refreshing and it's exciting to get back on the ice and get back to what I love to do. I'm confident in myself that I'm going to be ready." He had 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games last season.
Aug 15 - 11:11 AM

St. Louis has agreed to a one-year affiliation with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers.

The Blues haven't had an ECHL affiliate for the previous two seasons, but they don't have an AHL team for the 2017-18 campaign. It is expected that St. Louis will have an AHL agreement in 2018-19, with San Antonio, but that has not been officially announced yet. The Blues will loan players this year to other squads in the AHL, including Chicago, San Antonio and perhaps others.
Aug 9 - 7:21 PM

Jordan Kyrou impressed at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

The 19-year-old Canadian winger had four goals in three games. "He's got really good habits," coach Dominick Ducharme said. "He's doing little things that provokes turnovers. He's got the speed and the skills to be making the most of them." Kyrou also displayed that he owns a big-league caliber shot. He is expected to be back in the OHL in 2017-18 and he'll likely represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championship.
Aug 6 - 7:04 PM

St. Louis has confirmed the signing of Nate Prosser to a two-year, two-way contract.

Prosser has skated in parts of eight NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild, while playing in 282 contests. He has contributed 38 points and 210 penalty minutes during that time.
Aug 3 - 11:44 AM

Nate Prosser has reportedly agreed to terms with the St. Louis Blues.

According to agent Ben Hankinson, it's a two-year contract. Prosser played in just 39 games with Minnesota last season and will provide the Blues with some additional depth on the back end. The team hasn't officially announced the signing yet.
Aug 2 - 3:10 PM

Robby Fabbri is eager to get going at training camp after a knee injury cut his 2016-17 season short.

Fabbri sat out the last 41 games, including the playoffs, of the year after he required knee surgery to repair a torn ligament. He has been training in St. Louis this summer to prepare for the season. Coach Mike Yeo said that he may try Fabbri out at center and the 21-year-old forward is comfortable with the plan. Fabbri has plenty of motivation to get back on track in 2017-18. He wants to prove he can be a dependable contributor and he is playing for a new contract.
Jul 31 - 10:52 AM

Jordan Binnington has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Binnington's cap hit in the NHL will be $660,000 if he plays at that level. If he plays in the AHL then he'll earn $75,000 annually instead. He had a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage in 32 AHL contests last season.
Jul 22 - 10:28 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong believes Colton Parayko hasn't reached his peak yet.

Parayko has already established himself as a great defender and has 68 points in 160 career games, but given that he's still just 24 years old it's not hard to believe that he can continue to improve. St. Louis signed him to a five-year, $27.5 million extension on Thursday and avoided an arbitration hearing in the process. "I said at the end of the year we viewed him as a nucleus, a cornerstone player," Armstrong said. "He's only had two years experience and it usually takes 300 games when guys settle in to a constant rhythm in that position. He's still very young, but has a huge upside with his size, skating, shot. There are a lot of elements there. We'll work with him to maximize every element to become a top end player."
Jul 21 - 12:49 PM

Colton Parayko and the St. Louis Blues have agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension.

Parayko would have had an arbitration hearing on Thursday, so this last minute deal renders that moot. He was coming off his entry-level contract, but this big raise is well deserved. He's established himself as a top-four defenseman in his first two NHL campaigns and has contributed offensively with 13 goals and 68 points in 160 career games. If the 24-year-old continues to develop then this will be a great contract for the Blues. As it is it already looks like a good price for Parayko.
Jul 20 - 10:18 AM

The St. Louis Blues have requested that Colton Parayko receive a two-year, $7 million contract from an arbitrator.

Parayko filed for salary arbitration, so if the two sides can't agree to terms than a hearing will take place. Parayko is asking to be awarded a one-year, $4.85 million salary, so the gap between the two sides is substantial. Still, it's entirely possible that a compromise will be reached before a hearing is necessary.
Jul 18 - 9:54 AM

Robert Thomas doesn't have to look hard for inspiration when aiming to make the St. Louis Blues out of training camp.

Thomas previously played with Mitch Marner, Matthew Tkachuk and Christian Dvorak when they were all members of the OHL's London Knights and that trio were part of the 2017 NHL rookie class. They each had fairly successful first seasons in the NHL to boot. That makes Thomas feel like he too might be able to make an impact quickly after being taken by St. Louis with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. "It definitely does," Thomas said. "There’s definitely a lot of work that has to be done to get there. But it’s nice to see that a lot of the younger guys are making it earlier. It’s cool to see that I was playing with them one year and the next year they’re all in the NHL." Realistically Thomas is a long shot to make the Blues' opening game roster, but the two-way center has enough potential to make him worth keeping an eye on.
Jul 9 - 5:19 AM

Colton Parayko has put in a request for salary arbitration.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Blues and Parayko agree to a big, long-term contract before his hearing. The contract might exceed the seven-year, $31.5 million deal that Toronto's Nikita Zaitsev got. Parayko's NHL career has gotten off to a fine start with him scoring 13 goals and 68 points in 160 contests over two seasons.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:28 PM

Klim Kostin has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Kostin had been made a KHL free agent, opening the door for him to sign with the Blues. He was taken by St. Louis with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He'll need time to develop, but in the long run he could turn into a great power forward.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 4:18 PM


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