Player News - Blues

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Stastny is excited to have an opportunity to win in the city where he spent most of his childhood.

"In the end, you just want to win," Stastny said. "You want to be comfortable in an area that you know away from hockey. What better area than going back home? For me, it's about winning and I look at this team, how good they are and how deep they are. I know in the last couple years, they've been that close. They could have beaten Chicago, Chicago could have easily beaten L.A. and been the Cup champions [this past season]. They had good battles with L.A. when L.A. won (in 2012 and 2013). It's so hard to win. That's what you're really looking at, is looking at the best chance to win with a good group of guys and I think that's what we have here." He signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues on the first day of free agency and is slated to be the club's top center this season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 26 - 9:01 PM

There's nothing new to report on contract talks between RFA Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues.

According to agent, Wade Arnott, "We are having ongoing dialogue regarding Jaden's situation." Schwartz just completed his entry-level contract.
Aug 25 - 6:09 PM

Ty Rattie has the potential to wage a real competitive battle to join the Blues out of training camp, as the 21 year-old sniper has made strides in his development lately.

The Blues are pretty deep at forward but that might not stop Rattie, who had a solid rookie season in the AHL. The fast, crafty, and lethally offensive forward is nearly ready to be unleashed in the NHL.
Aug 17 - 6:44 PM

Alex Steen put together a career year in 2013-14, compiling career highs in goals (33) and points (62), raising the question of whether he can maintain those fine fantasy stats in the future.

Steen's solid production occurred in just 68 games during a season where the veteran celebrated his 30th birthday. After posting under 30 points in three of the five seasons prior to his productive 2013-14, the magnitude of the Swede's success was definitely a surprise. The first key to Steen maintaining his scoring touch is staying healthy. The left winger has played over 80 games just twice in his 10 year career, and has played in under 70 games in seven of the past eight seasons. Steen had never produced at such a consistent pace over the course of his career, thus we expect a tough road for him to repeat as a 30 goal scorer.
Aug 17 - 10:34 AM

Brian Elliott is being penciled in as the Blues' starting goaltender going into the season.

"[Ellliott's] watched two other guys [Miller and Jaroslav Halak] get the ball," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Now he feels like it's his turn. There's still going to be competition, but I think Brian's going to start as the incumbent based on experience and all the work he's put in." That isn't surprising considering Jake Allen has 15 games of NHL experience in his career. Allen will likely match that total this season, but the ball is in Elliott's court to prove he can be a starter.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 14 - 6:02 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk believes the "last few seasons have been a learning process" for the St. Louis Blues.

"We know have the pieces in place to be successful," he said. "It's just a question of us going out there and doing it." Shattenkirk praised the chemistry and camaraderie that the team shares and he feels that the team's off-season acquisitions will experience it quickly as well. The Blues were bounced from the 2014 playoffs in the first round by a tough Chicago team, but they remain top contenders going into this season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Aug 13 - 1:14 PM

Robby Fabbri left on the rink on crutches after he was nailed in an exhibition game at Canada's junior development camp.

He needed to be helped off the ice after the hit and it led to a rambunctious and chippy game against the Czech Republic. Canada's staff didn't have an update on Fabbri's status after the contest.
Aug 8 - 8:04 PM

The Chicago Wolves have signed Terry Broadhurst to a one-year AHL contract.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. Broadhurst had 16 goals and 44 points in 73 AHL contests last season.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 30 - 1:39 PM

Shane Harper has inked a one-year AHL contract with the St. Louis Blues' affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Harper had 13 goals and 33 points in 63 contests in 2013-14. He's 25 years old and hasn't played at the NHL level.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 30 - 1:37 PM

Mathieu Brodeur has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Wolves.

The Wolves are the St. Louis Blues' AHL affiliate. Brodeur had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 62 AHL games in 2013-14. The 24-year-old hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 30 - 1:34 PM

Brian Elliott is looking forward to working with Jake Allen.

Elliott and Allen will be competing for the starting gig in 2014-15, although Elliott is likely to end up starting in more games. "I'm looking forward to it," Elliott said. "I think we have the most similar types of personalities of anyone that I've played with. We've texted back and forth over the summer a little bit. I think he's coming to Madison (Wis.) just before training camp to work together." Elliott's an interesting case as he's had some tremendous stretches, but he's also suffered a few complete collapses and that makes it hard to completely trust him. He had a great 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage in 31 games last season though.
Jul 29 - 4:11 PM

Peter Mueller has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Mueller had 24 goals and 46 points in 48 games with Kloten, which plays in Switzerland's top league. He'll have a tough time making the Blues' opening game roster and if he does, it will be as a bottom-six forward.
Jul 29 - 2:09 PM

Jeremy Welsh has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.

Welsh had a goal in 19 games with Vancouver in 2013-14. We wouldn't count on him making the Blues' opening game roster.
Jul 21 - 6:47 PM

Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.

Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 21 - 10:28 AM

Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for Monday.

Sobotka has already signed a contract to play with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, so he won't be with St. Louis in 2014-15 regardless of what the ruling is. However, the Blues are going forward with arbitration anyways because they want to retain his NHL rights. If Sobotka decides to return to North America later, then he must honor his arbitrated awarded contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM


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