Player News - Blues

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Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench in St. Louis for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract with the Blues after his future with the club was cloudy following another short playoff appearance. St. Louis has been incredibly successful during the regular season under Hitchcock, but he's won just one playoff series in four seasons.
May 26 - 11:20 AM

All signs point to Vladimir Sobotka remaining in Russia for the 2015-16 season.

Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Omsk last year, but his contract contains an out clause that would allow him to come back to the NHL. Blues GM Doug Armstrong hasn't closed the door on a potential return to St. Louis for Sobotka, but he did say that the player and his agent will have to make a decision quickly. "I had a good talk with his agent," Armstrong said. "The agent told me that the money he made last year, they guaranteed him for next year. He’s got two weeks to decide what he’s going to do. I said ‘We’d love to have him back.’ I understand if the economics are so great in the KHL and he has to stay. I respect that. Then we’ll talk again a year from now."
May 24 - 11:49 AM

Ken Hitchcock is likely to remain the coach of the Blues next season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

"The word we’re getting out of St. Louis is that barring anything dramatic happening, Ken Hitchcock will be back as coach of the Blues next year," Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada. Hitchcock has coached the Blues for four seasons, helping lead them to the playoffs in each one. The catch is that the Blues have been knocked out in the first round the past two seasons.
May 23 - 11:23 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
May 22 - 7:12 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Ken Hitchcock are still talking about the coach's future in St. Louis.

"We're not going to put a specific date on when we'll have a decision," Armstrong said. "Ken and I have had really good communications since the end of the season. When I was in Europe we talked quite a bit. We're talking again now. We're both still discussing what we need to do get better and going through the process." Armstrong thinks the two of them are making progress toward making a decision, but it isn't ready yet. St. Louis has been great in the regular season since Hitchcock starting coaching, but they haven't had any success in the postseason.
May 21 - 5:22 PM

Martin Brodeur has inked a three-year deal to serve as the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.

At one point it was thought that Brodeur would come back to New Jersey this summer to serve in a front office capacity, but Lou Lamoriello's decision to hire Ray Shero as the team's general manager seemed to impact the retired goaltender's decision. "Especially with the change (the Devils) made, I think it's a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I'll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future," Brodeur said last week. Since his retirement, Brodeur had been serving as a special advisor under GM Doug Armstrong. He's expected to take on more responsibilities in his new role.
May 20 - 6:16 PM

Martin Brodeur doesn't plan to return to New Jersey in the near future.

Brodeur signed with the St. Louis Blues during the 2014-15 campaign and ended up retiring to work in their front office. He might continue in that role going forward. "Especially with the change (the Devils) made, I think it's a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere – or stay somewhere – that I'll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future," Brodeur said. "But, it's less and less likely it's going to happen in New Jersey for a few years, that's for sure." The change Brodeur was referring to was Lou Lamoriello's decision to hire Ray Shero as the team's general manager.
May 12 - 10:44 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko stayed hot by collecting his third goal in five games in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia.

Tarasenko now ranks third on the team in goals scored, but outside the top three on the team in points with four through five games.
Source: NHL.com
May 10 - 6:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and added a helper in Russia's 7-0 rout of Belarus at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Saturday afternoon.

Tarasenko seems to be picking up right where he left off after a very successful NHL season. Evgeni Malkin and former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk also registered two points in the victory.
May 9 - 11:31 AM

The St. Louis Blues are concentrating on re-signing Vladimir Tarasenko.

"We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If it means allowing players to go to free agency, if it means making players sweat it out on what their deal's going to be, he's the priority for us." Tarasenko had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games in 2014-15, so he's in line for a big payday. That being said, he's a restricted free agent coming off of his entry-level contract, so Armstrong is in a fairly strong negotiating position. He's already stated that he'll match any offer sheet if it comes to that.
May 4 - 5:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko will be a restricted free agent this summer and the Blues are making him a top priority.

"We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Armstrong said. "Meaning we're going to take care of our restricted free agents, but we're not going to ... he's the primary guy. He knows it, the hockey world knows it." Blues GM Doug Armstrong made it clear that St. Louis will match any offer from opposing team. Tarasenko led the club with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games.
Source: Lou Korac
Apr 30 - 3:55 PM

Zbynek Michalek is open to playing for the Blues next year.

"I still have to talk to my family and agent, but like what I said, I enjoyed my time here and I'm definitely not closing any doors. Anything can happen," he said. "There's a situation with the cap, too. It's not easy, I'm just hoping that I'll play somewhere. We'll see. I'm really open to coming back here, I enjoyed my time. We'll see what time brings in the summer." Michalek becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. He skated in 15 games with St. Louis during the regular season and made another six appearances with the team in the playoffs. Michalek was acquired from Arizona for prospect Maxim Letunov and a second-round pick (No. 52 overall) in 2014.
Apr 29 - 3:57 PM

Barret Jackman may not be back with the Blues next season.

He can become an unrestricted free agent in July and might be permitted to test the open market. "I'm not going to sit here and toot my own horn, but I felt I played well," Jackman said. "I don't think my play's dropped off year after year. I still feel like I help the team. With the cap issues and things like that. It's going to be up to (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong) and coaches to see if I fit in." In 80 games this past season, Jackman posted 15 points, 108 hits and 126 blocked shots.
Apr 29 - 3:48 PM

St. Louis would like to bring back Robert Bortuzzo.

"We have to work on a contract with him," GM Doug Armstrong said. "I want him as part of our group. ... We need Bortuzzo's energy." He suited up in 13 games with the Blues during the regular season after he was acquired from Pittsburgh. Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch during the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 3:22 PM

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong said he has spoken with the agent of center Vladimir Sobotka.

"I'd welcome him back with open arms. I think the ruble is going to make his decision maybe a little bit easier," said Armstrong. "... If he wants to come back, I'd love to have him. I love what he brought to our team, love his attitude. I'm a huge fan of the man and I respected the business decision. It was never a personal thing from my perspective." Sobotka played with Avangard Omsk of the KHL in 2014-15, where he had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 games.
Apr 29 - 3:12 PM


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