Player News - Blues

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Vladimir Sobotka will be back in the KHL next season, according to Avangard president Vladimir Shalaev.

He issued a statement on Tuesday stating that Sobotka would honor the final season of his three-year contract. Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch that he is "still waiting to hear" from Sobotka's camp for confirmation.
Sep 27 - 2:34 PM

Glenn Gawdin has been assigned to the WHL's Swift Current Broncos.

The Blues' training camp roster currently stands at 56 players. Gawdin scored 19 goals and 53 points in 53 games last year. He was a fourth-round pick in 2015.
Sep 27 - 1:32 PM

Jaden Schwartz still wasn't feeling like himself when he returned from an ankle injury during the 2015-16 campaign.

"I came back and played well and contributed," Schwartz said. "It’s tough to put a percentage on it, but I wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted to be. It’s a lot better this year." Schwartz still recorded 32 points in 46 games, including the playoffs, after returning from the injury. If he stays healthy he's got a shot at surpassing the 60-point mark in 2016-17.
Sep 26 - 11:50 AM

T.J. Galiardi scored a goal and an assist in the Blues' 5-0 pre-season win over Columbus on Sunday night.

The 28-year-old has 105 career points in 321 games, and will try to prove to the Blues he deserves to be back in the NHL after a year abroad.
Sep 26 - 12:45 AM

Jordan Binnington made 12 saves and split a shutout with teammate Pheonix Copley in the second half of a split squad double header for the Blues and Blue Jackets Sunday night.

The Blues won the first game 7-3, then shut out Columbus in the second game 5-0. Copley pitched in 11 saves in the shutout effort. Binnington spent last season with the Chicago Wolves, owning a 18-18-5 record and .907 save percentage.
Sep 26 - 12:43 AM

Kenny Agostino notched two goals and five points in the St. Louis Blues' pre-season split squad opener on Sunday afternoon, making a positive impact on his new team.

The Flames passed on re-signing the 24-year-old, so the Blues signed Agostino to a two-way contract this summer. Even with performances like these, he has lots of work ahead to crack the NHL roster.
Sep 25 - 7:19 PM

The Blues are changing their system this season and mobile blueliners like Kevin Shattenkirk, Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo could be the beneficiaries.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock is going to let his blueliners jump up into the play more than they have in the past. This aggresive system in the netural zone could result in more even-strength points for the likes of Shattenkirk, Parayko and Pietrangelo. Just something to keep in mind on draft day.
Sep 25 - 11:30 AM

Luke Opilka will miss at least another month of action after undergoing offseason hip surgery.

Opilka was St. Louis' fifth round pick in 2015. He spent the 2015-16 season with OHL Kitchener and he'll likely be headed back to junior whenever he gets fully healthy again.
Sep 24 - 11:11 AM

Paul Stastny was shocked by Team USA's disappointing performance at the World Cup of Hockey.

The Americans failed to make the semifinal after going 0-3 in the round robin. "I think it’s, not sad, it’s shocking," said Stastny, who was on the Olympic team in 2010 and ’14. "No one expected that. If they win that first game (against Team Europe), everything is completely different. ... Obviously (Canada), they’re the favorites (in the group), but maybe they were underestimating Europe, or maybe looking ahead. Those are the mistakes teams make. If I’m on that team, I’m probably thinking more about Canada because … you know that’s your big game because you think if you beat them you’re going to win the group. Europe played a smart game, kind of a savvy, played like Sweden almost."
Sep 24 - 11:08 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said getting Vladimir Sobotka back to the NHL has been more complicated than he expected.

Sobotka has played the last few seasons in the KHL, but he's more than ready to return to the Blues this season. Unfortunately for the player and his NHL team, the KHL has yet to release him from his contract. "I met with he and his agent here, and it’s complicated to say the least with the Russians," Armstrong said. "They’re dealing with it again (Friday) and hopefully we’re going to have this resolved one way or the other certainly by Sunday. It’s more complicated than I was led to believe over the summer and that part’s disappointing. They’re working on getting something done, and I’m hoping they can. He’s either got to come to our camp and start playing or got to go back to the KHL and start playing. We want him back, and the conversations are he wants to come back."
Sep 24 - 11:04 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong was more than happy to sign Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension.

"It says a lot about what’s important to him," Armstrong said. "We all know that free agency was an option for him, but he stepped up and over the course of the summer made it clear he wanted to find a solution to stay in St. Louis, and from our perspective we made it clear he was a player we wanted to keep here in St. Louis. We’re excited to have him on board. He’s a big part of our leadership group now and in the future." Steen's deal is worth $23 million in total.
Sep 24 - 11:02 AM

Vladimir Sobotka is still attempting to get out of his KHL contract.

If Sobotka is successful in those efforts, then he'll rejoin St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong is hoping that this matter is resolved by Sunday. Sobotka had 18 goals and 34 points in 44 KHL contests last season.
Sep 23 - 5:16 PM

Alexander Steen has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

Steen still has one season left on his three-year, $17.4 million deal, so the Blues have secured him through 2020-21 with this new contract. With this deal Steen is taking a relatively minor annual pay cut of $50,000. "St. Louis has become home. I've been here eight years," Steen said. "I've gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It's been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now." He had 17 goals, 35 points, and 52 penalty minutes in 67 contests last season. He's currently recovering from a shoulder injury, but is expected to be fine for the season opener.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 23 - 2:17 PM

Alexander Steen (shoulder) was wearing a no-contact jersey during Friday's skate.

Steen did participate in drills though. He is expected to be fine for the season opener.
Sep 23 - 1:00 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal in Russia's 3-0 victory over Finland.

It was Tarasenko's second goal of the World Cup, unless you want to also count the marker he had against the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament exhibition contests. Ivan Telegin and Evgeni Malkin accounted for Russia's other two goals on Thursday.
Sep 22 - 5:43 PM


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