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Steve Ott has been hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

That also means he's ending his playing career at the age of 34 (he'll turn 35 on Aug. 19). Ott had three goals and seven points in 53 games between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings this season. Over the course of his career he's played in 848 regular season games, including 122 with St. Louis. He also appeared in 61 playoff contests. "I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career," said Ott. "The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I'm excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise."
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 4:24 PM

Darryl Sydor has been added to the coaching staff of the St. Louis Blues as an assistant.

Sydor was an assistant coach on Mike Yeo's staff during his stint with the Minnesota Wild. "I am excited to have Darryl back on my staff," said Yeo. "He was an outstanding teacher during our time in Minnesota and will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team." Sydor didn't have his contract renewed by the Wild after the 2015-16 season following a drunk driving incident.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Blues owner Tom Stillman likes the work GM Doug Armstrong is doing.

The Blues were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by Nashville, but that hasn't affected the way Stillman sees Armstrong. "You need to keep a longer view on things like that," said Stillman. "You don’t evaluate the performance of a top-level manager based on the latest current losing streak or a rough patch. I felt confident that Doug was making the right decisions and looking at the long-term, and that’s our focus, being competitive not just this year but next year and the following year." It doesn't sound like Armstrong is on the hot seat right now, but that could change in a hurry if the Blues struggle next season.
May 22 - 10:15 AM

The St. Louis Blues might enter the 2017-18 campaign without their own primary AHL affiliate.

With the Blues losing the AHL's Chicago Wolves to the Vegas Golden Knights, it looks like St. Louis will be the only team in the NHL without a primary AHL affiliate. That means the Blues won't have any say over an AHL team's coaching staff or management. The Blues will still be able to send some players to the Wolves, but they won't have enough spots available for all of St. Louis' prospects so they'll need to spread them out among multiple AHL teams. It's a far from ideal scenario, but the AHL will likely expand to 31 franchises in 2018, which will prevent this from happening in the future.
May 19 - 11:04 AM

St. Louis has made some cuts to their coaching staff.

GM Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that Ray Bennett, Steve Thomas, Rick Wilson and Ty Conklin will not return next season. "I would like to thank Ray, Steve, Rick and Ty for their service to the Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Armstrong. "Mike Yeo and I will work together in the off-season to fill the coaching vacancies for next season."
May 16 - 2:07 PM

Jori Lehtera did not like the way the 2016-17 season went for him.

"It was a bad season for myself," Lehtera said. "I thought everything is going to come, I don't have to work through this. But ... it didn't. So it's just I have to go back to the work-basis and have a great summer workout-wise, come here and show everybody again I can play much better hockey." He accounted for just seven goals and 22 points in 64 games. Lehtera will likely be exposed in the expansion draft, but that doesn't mean that Vegas will be interested.
May 15 - 12:18 PM

Carl Gunnarsson could be exposed in the expansion draft.

"That kind of (stinks), but we all knew it was coming," Gunnarsson said. "When that day comes, everyone will be ready for it. Have to sit tight. It will be interesting to see how it works and (how) that team comes together." He skated in 56 games with the Blues in 2016-17 and chipped in six assists. Gunnarsson also had 68 blocks, while averaging just 13:36 of ice time per match.
May 15 - 12:13 PM

Mike Yeo believes the Blues will benefit from having his staff behind the bench from the start of training camp.

Yeo took over mid-season after Ken Hitchcock was fired. It can be difficult for teams to adjust to a new coach at that point, but now that they're familiar with Yeo's style, it should take less a little less time to adapt to his system when training camp begins. "It makes an enormous difference as far as how we approach training camp next year," Yeo said. "The biggest part for me is getting to know the players. That’s our biggest job as coaches, to try to help the players, to try and get them to go out and perform at the best level and give them the best chance. So to have the opportunity to work with them, to see what they can give, I think that’s a huge advantage going into next year."
May 13 - 10:39 AM

Nail Yakupov is committed to staying in the NHL.

Yakupov said he doesn't plan on playing in Russia in 2017-18. He's remained focused on making things work for him in North America despite a series of disappointing campaigns. The 2016-17 season was his roughest yet as he had three goals and nine points while being used in just 40 games. He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer and we'll have to see what the Blues' level of interest in him is.
May 11 - 1:44 PM

Martin Brodeur wants to explore a career in the front office, so he won't be the goaltender coach of the Blues next year.

Brodeur helped Jake Allen turn it around in the 2016-17 season and he will help search for his replacement. "He knows Jake's personality," GM Doug Armstrong said. "We're not going to let Jake pick the goalie coach but Marty knows what makes him tick and we're going to try to find the attributes of a goalie coach that can help Jake. But we've also got (Ville) Husso coming (he's the starter at Chicago), we've got (Carter Hutton) here. We're going to get an organizational guy, but focused on what's going to give Jake the chance to have the best success."
May 10 - 5:19 PM

Vladimir Sobotka has joined the Czech Republic for the World Hockey Championship tournament.

He agreed to a three-year extension with the Blues on April 6 after spending three seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. He made an immediate impact with St. Louis, scoring in his only regular season appearance and adding six points in 11 playoff matches.
May 10 - 12:32 PM

Nail Yakupov had surgery on his left knee during the first round of the playoffs.

"I battled for a month and tested my leg three times and it didn't feel very good," he said. "Kind of a sad thing." Yakupov was hurt back on Mar. 31. He will be a restricted free agent this summer and would like to stay with the Blues.
May 9 - 4:04 PM

Scottie Upshall is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

He made $900,000 this past season so he would probably be affordable if the Blues wanted to bring him back for another year. "I don't know," he said of his future. "It hasn't really been discussed. I was looking forward to having a conversation with Army and the coaching staff. I still feel like I can play. I look forward to the summer, another good summer of training, getting better, putting myself in a good spot for free agency."
May 9 - 3:42 PM

Colton Parayko will join Team Canada for the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

"I'm looking forward to it. I think it's a good opportunity to get over to Europe and keep playing hockey," Parayko said. "It has been (a long year), but I feel good. I still have a lot of energy. I could have kept playing here, so why not go there and enjoy it and have some fun." He will become a restricted free agent this summer and the Blues see him as a "cornerstone player."
May 9 - 3:08 PM

Robby Fabbri (knee) remains on target to return in time for training camp.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that Fabbri's recovery is still on schedule after the 21-year-old tore his ACL in February.
Source: TSN.ca
May 9 - 2:57 PM


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