Player News - Blues

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Robby Fabbri could get a long look at training camp.

There may be changes coming to the roster of St. Louis after another disappointing playoff exit. That would open up greater opportunities for some of the organization's younger players and Fabbri possesses the skill to take advantage. "We're going to have young players playing early," GM Doug Armstrong said. "Will the players willingly allow young players to grow or will there be a push and a pull? I'm not saying we're asking Steen and Backes and Oshie to come back here and just caddy — they have to hit some shots too — but these younger players are getting better and they're going to get an opportunity. It's just the way the game goes." Ty Rattie, Petteri Lindbohm, Fabbri and others may be worth watching at camp in the fall.
Jun 1 - 6:23 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants to see more from Paul Stastny going forward.

"Paul Stastny needs to be a bigger part of our group," Armstrong told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. "He’s our highest-paid player, we need him to be a bigger and better part of our team." Stastny had just 16 goals and 46 points in 74 games and he had just one goal in six postseason games in 2014-15.
May 31 - 1:53 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will reportedly stay in the KHL for the 2015-16 campaign.

There was some speculation that Sobotka would use his out clause to terminate his three-year deal with Omsk so that he could rejoin the St. Louis Blues. He had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 KHL contests this season. Before that he scored nine goals and 33 points in 61 games with the Blues in 2013-14.
May 29 - 4:14 PM

Ken Hitchcock sees the benefit in agreeing to one-year deals.

Hitchcock signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for the 2015-16 campaign. The length of his deal shouldn't be taken as a sign that he's on thin ice, if for no other reason than the fact that one-year extensions have been the norm between Hitchcock and the Blues for a while now. "There's a sense where you have to perform with a one-year contract," Hitchcock said. "I like it. I don't know how to describe it. You're coaching like it's your first and last year. You have to stay sharp ... I like anything that doesn't allow me to live in the past or in the future. I want to stay in the now and not take anything for granted."
May 29 - 10:26 AM

Jordan Schmaltz has signed a three-year Entry Level Contract with the St. Louis Blues. Financial terms have not yet been released.

Schmaltz was the 25th overall pick in 2012 and has spent the last three seasons with the University of North Dakota. During that time, the right handed defender scored 13 goals and 64 points. The 21 year old Schmaltz is not expected to start the 2015-16 season with the Blues, but it shouldn't be too long before he makes his debut.
May 28 - 5:49 PM

Coach Ken Hitchcock wants the Blues to play a more "reckless" brand of hockey in 2015-16.

"(Our style is) too conservative, it's too careful, it's too much skill ahead of work," he said. "We've got to get back to reckless. We've got more skill than we've ever had since I've been here. But skilled, careful hockey doesn't win. You've got to play reckless. We need to get back to the reckless play we had before. That's what Doug and I talked about. You can do it and still be responsible. But we've got to get back to reckless play. We've got to ask more people to be involved offensively and defensively." Hitchcock and GM Doug Armstrong want to add more speed to the lineup going into next year to help match their new game plan.
May 27 - 4:48 PM

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench in St. Louis for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract with the Blues after his future with the club was cloudy following another short playoff appearance. St. Louis has been incredibly successful during the regular season under Hitchcock, but he's won just one playoff series in four seasons.
May 26 - 11:20 AM

All signs point to Vladimir Sobotka remaining in Russia for the 2015-16 season.

Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Omsk last year, but his contract contains an out clause that would allow him to come back to the NHL. Blues GM Doug Armstrong hasn't closed the door on a potential return to St. Louis for Sobotka, but he did say that the player and his agent will have to make a decision quickly. "I had a good talk with his agent," Armstrong said. "The agent told me that the money he made last year, they guaranteed him for next year. He’s got two weeks to decide what he’s going to do. I said ‘We’d love to have him back.’ I understand if the economics are so great in the KHL and he has to stay. I respect that. Then we’ll talk again a year from now."
May 24 - 11:49 AM

Ken Hitchcock is likely to remain the coach of the Blues next season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

"The word we’re getting out of St. Louis is that barring anything dramatic happening, Ken Hitchcock will be back as coach of the Blues next year," Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada. Hitchcock has coached the Blues for four seasons, helping lead them to the playoffs in each one. The catch is that the Blues have been knocked out in the first round the past two seasons.
May 23 - 11:23 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
May 22 - 7:12 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock are still talking about the coach's future in St. Louis.

"We're not going to put a specific date on when we'll have a decision," Armstrong said. "Ken and I have had really good communications since the end of the season. When I was in Europe we talked quite a bit. We're talking again now. We're both still discussing what we need to do get better and going through the process." Armstrong thinks the two of them are making progress toward making a decision, but it isn't ready yet. St. Louis has been great in the regular season since Hitchcock starting coaching, but they haven't had any success in the postseason.
May 21 - 5:22 PM

Martin Brodeur has inked a three-year deal to serve as the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.

At one point it was thought that Brodeur would come back to New Jersey this summer to serve in a front office capacity, but Lou Lamoriello's decision to hire Ray Shero as the team's general manager seemed to impact the retired goaltender's decision. "Especially with the change (the Devils) made, I think it's a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I'll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future," Brodeur said last week. Since his retirement, Brodeur had been serving as a special advisor under GM Doug Armstrong. He's expected to take on more responsibilities in his new role.
May 20 - 6:16 PM

Martin Brodeur doesn't plan to return to New Jersey in the near future.

Brodeur signed with the St. Louis Blues during the 2014-15 campaign and ended up retiring to work in their front office. He might continue in that role going forward. "Especially with the change (the Devils) made, I think it's a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I'll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future," Brodeur said. "But, it's less and less likely it's going to happen in New Jersey for a few years, that's for sure." The change Brodeur was referring to was Lou Lamoriello's decision to hire Ray Shero as the team's general manager.
May 12 - 10:44 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko stayed hot by collecting his third goal in five games in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia.

Tarasenko now ranks third on the team in goals scored, but outside the top three on the team in points with four through five games.
May 10 - 6:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and added a helper in Russia's 7-0 rout of Belarus at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Saturday afternoon.

Tarasenko seems to be picking up right where he left off after a very successful NHL season. Evgeni Malkin and former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk also registered two points in the victory.
May 9 - 11:31 AM

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