Player News - Blues

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The St. Louis Blues have acquired Pheonix Copley in the T.J. Oshie trade.

Copley had a 2.17 GAA and .925 save percentage in 26 AHL games in 2014-15. He might make his NHL debut at some point next season as an injury replacement.
Jul 2 - 5:09 PM

The St. Louis Blues have acquired Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third round pick from the Washington Capitals in exchange for T.J. Oshie.

Brouwer had 21 goals and 43 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. He's a clear step down from Oshie from an offensive perspective, but he does play a more physical game. We don't believe this trade will meaningfully alter Brouwer's fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 5:06 PM

Robert Bortuzzo's extension with St. Louis is reportedly a two-year deal.

Bortuzzo will come with a $1.05 million annual cap hit. The Blues got him and a 2016 seventh round pick from Pittsburgh in March in exchange for Ian Cole.
Jul 2 - 4:16 PM

The St. Louis Blues have signed Jordan Caron to a one-year, two-way deal.

Caron became an unrestricted free agent after the Colorado Avalanche decided not to qualify him. He played in 30 games with the Avalanche and Boston Bruins last season, but failed to record a single point.
Jul 2 - 4:05 PM

Robert Bortuzzo has inked an extension with the St. Louis Blues.

The details of Bortuzzo's new contract weren't immediately available. He had eight points and 93 penalty minutes in 51 contests with St. Louis and Pittsburgh in 2014-15.
Jul 2 - 3:58 PM

Danny Kristo has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Kristo had 22 goals and 46 points in 72 AHL contests in 2014-15. The 25-year-old forward will probably start the campaign in the minors, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him make his NHL debut at some point during the season as an injury replacement.
Jul 2 - 10:51 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk has been the subject of trade rumors lately.

Columbus, Edmonton, and Philadelphia have all been cited as possible destinations. Some of the trades we've seen over the last week serve as a reminder that anything is possible, that we would still be surprised if Shattenkirk was actually traded. Teams tend to move a player of Shattenkirk's caliber only when they're either rebuilding or feel the need to make the move from a cap perspective. Given that the Blues are both a competitive team and still have Shattenkirk locked up for another two seasons with a cap hit of $4.25 million annually, it just doesn't strike us as a logical time to make such a trade.
Jul 2 - 10:46 AM

Pat Cannone has signed with the St. Louis Blues.

He had 14 goals and 47 points in 64 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last campaign. Cannone doesn't have any NHL experience.
Jul 1 - 5:35 PM

The Blues have re-signed Jori Lehtera for three years and $14.1 million.

Lehtera will average $4.7 million per season. He excelled last season and performed at a level far above what most hockey experts predicted. Although Lehtera tired to a degree in the second half he still put up 44 points in 75 games. Look for Lethera to move between the Blues' second and third lines next season. He is certainly worthy of a late round draft pick in hockey pools regardless of format.
Jul 1 - 1:12 PM

The Blues re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Butler to a contract.

Terms were not disclosed. Butler was a frequent scratch in 2014-15 and will likely find himself in the pressbox quite often again this season. With nine points in 33 games Butler is not a fantasy asset.
Jul 1 - 12:56 PM

With Vladimir Tarasenko set to become a restricted free agent, the St. Louis Blues are expected to be quiet on the UFA front.

"We'll talk to our own restricted free agents, but we're going to stay away from the unrestricteds until we find out what Vladi’s intentions are," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If we can find the depth player that we want, we're going to fill out our roster. But as far as making a significant addition to our team, we're not looking for a top-five defenseman or a top-10 forward until we get Vladi done." Part of the reason for that is the Blues want to keep enough cap space free to guard against an offer sheet should Tarasenko sign one. The fact that Armstrong is in a strong position to match any potential offer sheet might be enough to convince other teams that it's not worth it.
Jul 1 - 10:37 AM

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

The 27-year-old Welsh is coming off his best career season with AHL Chicago, registering 20 goals and 41 points over 75 games. His NHL salary and cap hit is expected to be the league-minimum at $550K, but he'll likely spend most of his time in the AHL earning $100K instead.
Jun 30 - 8:31 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear to top-scorer and RFA Vladimir Tarasenko he's "a priority."

"I've been clear that he's a priority for us and he understands that," Armstrong said. "Now we've just got to see if we can get a deal done." Tarasenko had a break-out season for the Blues in 2014-15, leading the team with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games. The two markers ranked tied for fifth and tenth respectively in the league as well. He also ranked third in the league with 29 even-strength goals, just three behind leader Rick Nash. Though Tarasenko is expected to command a long term and high cap hit, he's "not worried" about a possible offer sheet as St. Louis has about $14.3M in cap space.
Jun 30 - 8:26 PM

St. Louis has acquired Konrad Abeltshauser from San Jose for a conditional 2016 seventh-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman picked up three goals and 16 assists in 50 games with Worcester. Abeltshauser also appeared in five contests with Allen of the ECHL and he recorded seven points.
Jun 29 - 5:44 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will not return to the Blues for the 2015-16 season.

He has chosen to stay in the KHL. Sobotka played for Avangard Omsk last year, where he notched 10 goals and 38 points in 53 contests.
Jun 29 - 4:19 PM

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