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Vladimir Tarasenko will be a restricted free agent this summer and the Blues are making him a top priority.

"We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Armstrong said. "Meaning we're going to take care of our restricted free agents, but we're not going to ... he's the primary guy. He knows it, the hockey world knows it." Blues GM Doug Armstrong made it clear that St. Louis will match any offer from opposing team. Tarasenko led the club with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games.
Source: Lou Korac
Apr 30 - 3:55 PM

Zbynek Michalek is open to playing for the Blues next year.

"I still have to talk to my family and agent, but like what I said, I enjoyed my time here and I'm definitely not closing any doors. Anything can happen," he said. "There's a situation with the cap, too. It's not easy, I'm just hoping that I'll play somewhere. We'll see. I'm really open to coming back here, I enjoyed my time. We'll see what time brings in the summer." Michalek becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. He skated in 15 games with St. Louis during the regular season and made another six appearances with the team in the playoffs. Michalek was acquired from Arizona for prospect Maxim Letunov and a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) in 2014.
Apr 29 - 3:57 PM

Barret Jackman may not be back with the Blues next season.

He can become an unrestricted free agent in July and might be permitted to test the open market. "I'm not going to sit here and toot my own horn, but I felt I played well," Jackman said. "I don't think my play's dropped off year after year. I still feel like I help the team. With the cap issues and things like that. It's going to be up to (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong) and coaches to see if I fit in." In 80 games this past season, Jackman posted 15 points, 108 hits and 126 blocked shots.
Apr 29 - 3:48 PM

St. Louis would like to bring back Robert Bortuzzo.

"We have to work on a contract with him," GM Doug Armstrong said. "I want him as part of our group. ... We need Bortuzzo's energy." He suited up in 13 games with the Blues during the regular season after he was acquired from Pittsburgh. Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch during the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 3:22 PM

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong said he has spoken with the agent of center Vladimir Sobotka.

"I'd welcome him back with open arms. I think the ruble is going to make his decision maybe a little bit easier," said Armstrong. "... If he wants to come back, I'd love to have him. I love what he brought to our team, love his attitude. I'm a huge fan of the man and I respected the business decision. It was never a personal thing from my perspective." Sobotka played with Avangard Omsk of the KHL in 2014-15, where he had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 games.
Apr 29 - 3:12 PM

Brian Elliott admitted it was tough for him to finish the season on the bench.

"It's not easy when you play all year and then you're just sitting on the bench and you don't really feel like you can make a difference," he said. "It's always tough for anybody when you're on the outside looking in." He added that the situation was out of his control, so it's not worth dwelling on and he'll be ready next season when he gets his chance to play. Elliott is projected to compete with Jake Allen for starts in 2015-16.
Apr 29 - 3:06 PM

Jake Allen is expected to compete with Brian Elliott for playing time next season.

"That's going to be a great competition," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's going to make the team really good because you've got a young guy that wants a bigger piece of the pie. It’s going to make for great personal competition through training camp, through exhibition games. You've got two good goalies going at it. We benefit. We benefit big time." Allen was between the pipes for the Blues down the stretch and he was the starter in the playoffs, where he posted a .904 save percentage and a 2.20 GAA.
Apr 29 - 3:02 PM

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock isn't sure if he'll return for the 2015-16 campaign.

"I need time," Hitchcock said. "I need time to reflect, some time to evaluate right now, what I've done, what I've accomplished, what's happened to us, both positive, a lot of it, and the negative, which goes with the territory. I feel like I've let people down right now and I need to look at that and what needs to improve and I want time and space to evaluate it. I'll sit down with Doug, we've been together a long time, I know how good a coach I am, I know what I can do." Since Hitchcock has taken over, the Blues have posted an incredible 175-79-27 record. At the same time, they've won just one playoff series in four years over that span.
Apr 28 - 3:26 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko plans to play for Team Russia in the 2015 World Championships.

Tarasenko had six goals and seven points in St. Louis' first round series against Minnesota, but it wasn't enough to save the Blues. This will be the second time Tarasenko has participated in the Worlds, with his first appearance coming in 2011. He should play a much bigger role this time around.
Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko registered six of the Blues' 14 goals in their first-round series loss to Minnesota.

T.J. Oshie, David Backes, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz produced one goal apiece versus the Wild. Tarasenko was credited with 14 shots, so he posted an incredible 42.9 shooting percentage.

Kevin Shattenkirk earned his eighth assist of the postseason, but the Blues were eliminated in six games by Minnesota on Sunday.

He led the team in playoff scoring for a second straight year. Shattenkirk had five points (one goal, four assists) last postseason. He racked up eight goals and 44 points from the back end during the regular season in 2014-15.
Apr 27 - 1:33 PM

Brian Elliott stopped six-of-seven shots in relief of Jake Allen in Sunday's 4-1 elimination loss to Minnesota.

Elliott was relatively good in this game, but Jake Allen's poor play buried the Blues early. The Wild have now won the best-of-seven series four games to two, and many will question St. Louis for bowing out of the playoffs early again.
Apr 26 - 6:06 PM

Jake Allen was pulled in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota after allowing two goals on 13 shots.

Some may think that giving a goaltender the hook after allowing two goals is fairly unreasonable, but the two goals Allen allowed were beyond stoppable. Zach Parise opened the scoring by beating Allen from a horrible angle, while Justin Fontaine beat him with a weak shot between the legs. After another strong regular season, the Blues have been bounced in the first round for the third consecutive year.
Apr 26 - 6:04 PM

T.J. Oshie scored in Sunday’s 4-1 loss in game six of their first round matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

The Blues are now officially eliminated from the playoffs. Jake Allen was mostly good in this series, but the two goals he allowed today were extremely weak. As for Oshie, he wasn’t very productive in this series. The 28-year-old registered just one goal and one assist in the six-game series. After a strong regular season, the Blues will have to answer some questions about another early playoff exit.
Apr 26 - 6:01 PM

Olli Jokinen, Roberto Bortuzzo and Marcel Goc will be scratched in Sunday's tilt against the Minnesota Wild.

No surprises here. The Blues need to win this game to keep their season alive. They currently trail 3-2 in this first round series.
Apr 26 - 3:14 PM


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