Player News - Blues

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Ryan O'Reilly wrote a farewell message to Buffalo Sabres fans.

O'Reilly spent three seasons with the Sabres. Though he was fairly successful during that period, recording 55-61 points in each campaign, the Sabres as a whole struggled mightily. Buffalo ultimately traded him to St. Louis over the summer as part of the Sabres' ongoing rebuilding efforts. "To the people of Buffalo, your unwavering support for your teams is inspirational," O'Reilly said. "You even made me a Bills fan! I also want to thank you for being so good to me and my family. I know we didn't get the result you wanted but you are in great hands and have a bright future." Buffalo's first game against St. Louis will be on Dec. 27. O'Reilly's first game back in Buffalo will be on March 17.
Jul 14 - 3:16 AM

Joel Edmundson has been given an arbitration date of July 25.

That might prove moot though because Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that they're going to be working on a new contract for Edmundson next week. He's coming off a two-year, $2.1 million deal.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 2:50 PM

The St. Louis Blues are shifting their focus towards re-signing Joel Edmundson now that Patrick Maroon is under contract.

Edmundson is a restricted free agent that has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25. In other words, the Blues and Edmundson have two weeks to work something out in order to avoid dealing with the arbitrator. He had seven goals and 17 points in 69 games last season. "We haven’t really dug into it too much," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "Newport Sports (which represents Edmundson) is one of the premier agencies in the NHL and so free agency’s a big time for them also. But we’ve had initial conversations. They know our respect for Joel. And we know his desire to stay here, and we’re gonna get to task on that next week."
Jul 11 - 8:49 PM

The New Jersey Devils offered Patrick Maroon more money than St. Louis, but he decided to sign with the Blues.

Maroon inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with St. Louis because it's his hometown team and signing with the Blues also allowed him to be closer to his son. We often hear players or agents say that money was left on the table to sign with the team of their choice, but in this case it's Devils GM Ray Shero who is confirming that Maroon indeed took less money. Shero added that he's happy for Maroon.
Jul 11 - 6:52 PM

Dominik Bokk has agreed to an entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Bokk was taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had a goal and an assist in 15 Swedish league games last season. He's a highly skilled and fast forward, but he'll need more work before he's NHL-ready.
Jul 11 - 12:33 PM

Patrick Maroon's one-year contract with St. Louis includes a partial no-trade clause.

Maroon can select eight teams he doesn't want to be dealt to. He agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Blues on Tuesday, which gives him the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
Jul 10 - 8:09 PM

Patrick Maroon has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Maroon had 17 goals and 43 points in 74 games last season. This signing will allow Maroon to play for his hometown team for the first time in his career. "This is a one-year opportunity for him to come back, hopefully play with some really good centermen and get back to that 27-goal performance he had in Edmonton, or close to it," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "We think he can help our team. I talked to some of our players about him, competing against him, and they spoke very highly about how hard he was to play against, how difficult he was to move in those high traffic areas. It's just another player we add to our group that makes us a little better than we were yesterday."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 10 - 4:16 PM

The Anaheim Ducks will retire Paul Kariya's No. 9 on Oct. 21 as part of their 25th anniversary celebration.

It's a nice touch given that Kariya was Anaheim's first ever draft pick. He quickly established himself with 50 goals and 108 points in 1995-96 and topped the 80-point milestone four more times with Anaheim. He left the Ducks after the 2002-03 campaign, but scored 300 goals and 669 points in 606 career games with Anaheim.
Jul 10 - 3:53 AM

Joel Edmundson has an arbitration hearing date of July 25.

Edmundson is coming off a two-year, $2.1 million contract. He had seven goals and 17 points in 69 games with St. Louis last season. The Blues and Edmundson can continue to negotiate ahead of his hearing.
Jul 9 - 10:34 PM

Patrick Maroon has reportedly finalized a contract with the St. Louis Blues.

It's not official yet, but Maroon's signing might be announced as early as Monday. The contract will reportedly be a one-year deal worth $1.7 million. That would be a pretty nice deal for St. Louis after Maroon recorded a little over 40 points in each of his last two seasons. He's from St. Louis, so this would be a homecoming for him.
Jul 9 - 3:52 AM

Patrick Maroon is reportedly expected to sign with the St. Louis Blues.

Maroon was born in St. Louis, but he's yet to play for his hometown team. He had 17 goals and 43 points in 74 games with the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils in 2017-18. That was his second straight season of at least 40 points.
Jul 8 - 11:26 AM

It sounds like David Perron could have gotten more money elsewhere, but he wanted to play in St. Louis.

"For sure. That’s exactly it," Perron said. "I love St. Louis. This is the biggest reason why I came back. I didn’t even want to think about anywhere else." Perron agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract with the Blues. This will be his third tour with St. Louis. He's coming off a monster year where he scored 16 goals and 66 points in 70 games with Vegas.
Jul 8 - 11:22 AM

Dmitrij Jaskin has signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract extension.

Jaskin had filed for salary arbitration, so now he won't need a hearing. That's a small raise over his previous two-year, $2 million contract. He had six goals and 17 points in 76 games last season.
Jul 7 - 3:34 PM

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

Binnington played in 28 games last season for Providence of the AHL. He posted a 17-9-1 record with a 2.05 goals-against average and .926 save-percentage. His only NHL appearance came in 2015-16.
Jul 7 - 10:05 AM

Oskar Sundqvist has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Sundqvist filed for arbitration, but that's moot now. He had a goal and five points in 42 games last season. His salary is a modest raise from last season's $675,000.
Jul 6 - 4:51 PM


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