Player News - Blues

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Jay Bouwmeester admitted that he never got back to 100% in 2014-15 after suffering a groin injury on Nov. 22.

"I didn't really feel like myself for a good part of the year," Bouwmeester said. "I didn't have a very good year especially after that happened." He had two goals and 13 points in 72 contests last season after recording 37 points in his previous campaign. He feels fine now though and it wouldn't be shocking to see him bounce back in 2015-16.
Jul 28 - 3:47 PM

Zach O'Brien has inked a one-year deal with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. He had 14 goals and 32 points in 62 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 15 - 10:49 AM

The Blue Jackets have been busy this summer trying to acquire a defenseman.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch, the Blue Jackets were involved in trade talks for Dougie Hamilton before he got dealt to the Flames, they made an offer for Paul Martin before he accepted one from the Sharks, and they have contacted the Blues about Kevin Shattenkirk. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen "won’t rush the process just to add a body," and thinks the group is good enough if healthy.
Jul 12 - 3:06 PM

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the Blues cleared out enough cap space to make sure they could sign Vladimir Tarasenko long-term.

They also did not want to be vulnerable to an offer sheet, or be forced to trade him away like the Bruins (Dougie Hamilton) and Blackhawks (Brandon Saad) did with their young stars. "This is the first year we saw the leveling off of the cap and some (teams) were hampered by that leveling off," Armstrong said. "As a market our size, we love to see the growth of game, but it's difficult for a lot of the franchises to be spending at that $70-plus million … selfishly we were happy to see that there was a leveling off."
Jul 11 - 2:29 PM

Magnus Paajarvi has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract extension.

The deal is one-way so Paajarvi will earn that amount even if the Blues send him to the minors. He had an assist in 10 games with St. Louis and another 29 points in 36 AHL contests last season. He had filed for arbitration, but this deal obviously makes that moot.
Jul 8 - 5:45 PM

The St. Louis Blues have signed Konrad Abeltshauser to a contract extension.

Abeltshauser was taken with the 163rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He had three goals and 19 points in 50 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 8 - 3:32 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn't think Vladimir Tarasenko has reached his ceiling.

"We saw, I think, just the tip of the iceberg of what Vladi can do in this league last year — highlight-reel goals in New York and against Minnesota in the playoffs," Armstrong said. "At such a young age, to show those skills, really made this a priority for us to see if we could work with him to get him to sign a long-term extension." Tarasenko went into the summer as a restricted free agent and ended up agreeing to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension. He had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 contests, so he doesn't really need to grow further for him to be worth that contract, although he does have to maintain that high level of play.
Jul 8 - 11:06 AM

Justin Hodgman has signed with the St. Louis Blues.

Hodgman had 35 points and 55 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2014-15. He also had a goal in five contests with the Arizona Coyotes.
Jul 7 - 2:51 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko has signed with the St. Louis Blues to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Tarasenko's contract will consequently come with a $7.5 million annual cap hit. He had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 contests last season, so if you assume that he's going to continue to average roughly a point-per-game, then Tarasenko's deal looks pretty good compared to what some other top-line players have recently got. The Blues are taking a bit of a risk though as he still just has 179 games worth of NHL experience.
Jul 7 - 1:23 PM

Andre Benoit's recently signed one-year, two-way deal comes with a $600,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

Benoit can still earn $300,000 in the minors. He had a goal and nine points in 59 contests with the Buffalo Sabres last season.
Jul 7 - 12:30 PM

Andre Benoit has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Benoit had a goal and nine points in 59 games with Buffalo in 2014-15. The 31-year-old defenseman has 179 games worth of NHL experience under his belt, but we think he's more likely to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 6 - 12:14 PM

Magnus Paajarvi has decided to file for salary arbitration.

Paajarvi is a former 10th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he's had a hard time finding a stable home in the NHL. The 24-year-old had just one assist in 10 games with the Blues this season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:29 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin has signed a one-year, $775,000 contract extension with St. Louis.

Jaskin is coming off of his entry-level contract and was consequently a restricted free agent. He had 13 goals and 18 points in 54 games in 2014-15.
Jul 3 - 3:54 PM

Luke Opilka has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis took him with the 146th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had a 2.70 GAA and .888 save percentage in 33 games with the Under-18 club in the USHL last season.
Jul 3 - 1:35 PM

Jake Allen's new two-year contract is worth $4.7 million.

Allen will earn $2.2 million in 2015-16 and then $2.5 million the following season. That's a substantial raise over his previous two-year, $1.6 million deal. Not that it's surprising after he posted a 2.28 GAA and .913 save percentage in 37 games last season.
Jul 3 - 1:26 PM


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