Player News - Blues

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There is still no rush to get Kyle Brodziak signed to an extension even though he can become an unrestricted free agent next week.

The Blues and Brodziak remain mutually interested in agreeing to a new contract, but the team has more pressing concerns to address first. It's unclear what kind of interest there is in Brodziak outside of St. Louis. It wouldn't be a surprise if he re-signed with the Blues, though.
Jun 24 - 4:55 PM

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, Carter Hutton's camp has heard from eight teams on Sunday.

The window to speak to pending UFAs is open and Hutton is unsurprisingly attracting plenty of interest. He will have to sort through his options and narrow it down in order to expand the discussions.
Jun 24 - 3:05 PM

Nikita Soshnikov's agent, Dal Milstein, has confirmed that his client has signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Soshnikov was set to be a restricted free agent on July 1, but he was reportedly considering going to the KHL. He got a one-way contract from the Blues to remain in North America. Soshnikov had two points in 12 games with St. Louis after he was acquired from Toronto during the 2017-18 season.
Jun 24 - 11:17 AM

Dominik Bokk knew the Blues might trade up to select him in the first round.

The Blues traded the 29th and 76th picks to Toronto for the 25th pick they used to select Bokk. "I had the meeting with them (Thursday) and they told me they really want to say my name," Bokk said. "They also told me that they were maybe gonna trade up to draft me. So I already knew about this yesterday." The 18-year-old had one goal and one assist in 15 games in the Swedish League last season. The German forward is at least a couple of years away from being an NHLer.
Jun 23 - 10:42 AM

The St. Louis Blues have taken Dominik Bokk with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blues sent pick Nos. 29 and 76 to Toronto for the 25th overall selection. Bokk grew up playing hockey in Germany, but at the age of 16 he scored 34 goals and 71 points in 41 games in their U19 league. Clearly he needed a greater challenge, so in 2017-18, he shifted to Sweden. He had just a goal and an assist in 15 Swedish Hockey League games, but he was far better in Sweden’s top junior level with 14 goals and 41 points in 35 contests. There's a lot of offensive talent here, but it needs refinement. He still doesn’t have much experience playing against competition at his level and consequently would benefit from more time in Sweden or the AHL before testing the waters of the AHL. He particular, he needs to take better advantage of his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame when it comes to the physical aspect of his game. Bokk dropped a bit further than most expected in Round 1 of the NHL Draft and the Blues made the decision to pounce.
Jun 22 - 10:20 PM

The St. Louis Blues have acquired the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the 29th and 76th selections.

The trade St. Louis is handing Toronto originally belonged to Winnipeg. The Jets gave it to the Blues as part of the Paul Stastny trade back in February. With this, Toronto now has eight picks, including two in the third round.
Jun 22 - 10:18 PM

The St. Louis Blues and Nikita Soshnikov are closing in on a one-year contract, per agent Dan Milstein.

Soshnikov can become a restricted free agent on July 1, but the bigger concern if you're a Blues fan is that he was reportedly considering heading to the KHL. He had a goal and an assist in 15 games between Toronto and St. Louis last season.
Jun 22 - 1:42 PM

Jay Bouwmeester (hip) is expected to be available for training camp.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said it's his understanding that Bouwmeester's rehab is going very well based on reports from the team's training staff. Bouwmeester played with a hip injury for much of the year until he has shut down by the Blues in early March. He was limited to just 35 appearances in 2017-18.
Jun 20 - 11:37 AM

Carl Gunnarsson's recovery from knee surgery is going very well, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

Gunnarsson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee March 23. He is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. Gunnarsson suited up in 63 games for the Blues last season.
Jun 20 - 11:30 AM

Scottie Upshall is expected to look around as an unrestricted free agent.

The door isn't completely closed on Upshall being back with the St. Louis Blues, but the team told him to look around at other possibilities. The Blues have some younger players who could challenge for spots, so there might be room for someone like Upshall on the roster next season. His 2017-18 campaign ended in late March because of lacerated kidney all indications are that his recovery is going well.
Jun 17 - 3:10 PM

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong has held talks with pending UFA Kyle Brodziak.

"At that age, it's as much term as it is dollars," Armstrong said. "But his agent and I have spoken and there's a mutual respect for what he does and we're hoping to see if we can talk probably at the draft, or just after." The 34-year-old center notched 10 goals and 33 points in 81 games last season. The Blues may offer him a short-term deal.
Jun 17 - 3:03 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko's recovery from shoulder surgery is progressing nicely, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

"He's actually spending his whole summer here," Armstrong said. "He's working hard. He saw our doctors. They're very impressed with his range of motion, so he's putting in the time on that part and now he'll be able to start doing other forms of conditioning with that shoulder which will benefit him." Tarasenko had the operation in April and was expected to need four-to-six months to recover. Given that timetable, there is some question as to whether he'll be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 15 - 11:30 AM

It looks like Carter Hutton wants to test the free agent market.

"Yeah, I don't blame him," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "We've had conversations. He understands that we'd like him to come back. I also understand that he had his career-best year at the proper time for him as an unrestricted free agent. He wants to maximize that and I certainly respect that. At the end of the day, he's a businessman that has to do what's best for his family." It might be more than just a question of money for Hutton. He's expressed an interest in becoming a starting goaltender and the Blues might not be the best opportunity for him in that regard, given the presence of Jake Allen, who still has three seasons left on his four-year, $17.4 million deal.
Jun 15 - 11:23 AM

Colton Parayko feels motivated going into 2018-19 after the Blues failed to make the playoff last season.

St. Louis bench boss Mike Yeo believes he can get more out of Parayko. "I think Colton has the ability to be a dominant player in this league," said Yeo when the regular season was over. "I think we saw it at times, I don't think we saw it enough. For me, that falls on us as coaches that we make sure that Colton understands that he's a young player that's still developing and needs to continue to develop." Parayko has topped 30 points in each of his three previous seasons and he has hit the 35-point mark in each of his last two campaigns.
Jun 13 - 10:19 AM

Jordan Kyrou will attend St. Louis' annual prospect camp later this month.

The Blues' camp, which will run from June 26-29, is also expected to include Robert Thomas, Evan Fitzpatrick, Erik Foley and Mitch Reinke. A full schedule of the event can be viewed by clicking the source link.
Jun 11 - 3:27 PM


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