Player News - Blues

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Joel Edmundson, who can become a restricted free agent this summer, might end up having to go through the arbitration process.

Edmundson earned $1.05 million in 2017-18 and he's due for a sizable raise after logging 20:44 minutes per game, but GM Doug Armstrong suggested that he isn't looking to give significant pay boosts to his RFAs this summer. "It’s a bad year to be a restricted free agent on a team that doesn’t make the playoffs," Armstrong said, "It’s hard to justify big raises and some of them are going to earn big raises and they’re going to have to go to arbitration to get it because it’s a difficult process to go to ownership and say, ‘Listen, these guys need to triple their money (but) we missed the playoffs.’ Maybe someone else has to tell us that. Maybe we can find a sweet spot that we can do it, but there’s some players that I’ve got a lot of respect for that I have to deal with this summer and I’ll show them the respect they deserve." That kind of statement could just be an early negotiating tactic, but it will be interesting to see what kind of contract Edmundson gets.
Apr 22 - 10:52 AM

Kyle Brodziak is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Brodziak is coming off a strong season with 10 goals and 33 points in 81 games. At the same time, he'll turn 34-years-old in May and the Blues might ultimately opt to let him walk so that they can turn to a younger option in the bottom-six forward role. "Obviously I’m aware of that," Brodziak said. "We’ll have to wait and see. The plan is to take it easy the next few weeks and see what happens because I really don’t know yet." Being an older bottom-six forward is a tough place to be in as far as the UFA market goes, but given that Brodziak did well in 2017-18, he should be able to land another NHL contract.
Apr 22 - 10:45 AM

According to Hockey Canada, Vince Dunn (upper body) will not be able to play in the 2018 IIHF World Championship due to injury.

That's unfortunate for Dunn, who would have gained some valuable experience while representing Canada for the first time internationally. Dunn recorded five goals and 24 points in 75 games with St. Louis this season. He will use the summer to recover.
Apr 16 - 4:21 PM

Vince Dunn will play for Canada at the IIHF World Championship.

Dunn had five goals and 24 points in 75 games during his rookie season with the Blues in 2017-18. St. Louis bench boss Mike Yeo will be on Canada's staff as the associate head coach. "That's exciting," Dunn said. "That's obviously going to take a toll on my body. After that, I'll see how I feel. I'll obviously need some rest. That's quite a grind for a tournament. This summer should be a little different and I'll probably try to listen to my body more than anything. Next year, I think we all want to come in in a better way than we came in this year."
Apr 16 - 11:53 AM

Jake Allen knows he has to be better and he took responsibility for not getting St. Louis into the playoffs.

"I definitely need to be more consistent as the starting goalie for the St. Louis Blues," Allen said. "There's no question in my mind I'm capable of it. I've shown it. It was a tough stretch, no question, for us all. But I started extremely well. I finished extremely well. I've just gotta find that middle consistency." Blues GM Doug Armstrong gave Allen a vote of confidence and he's confident 2018-19 will be better.
Apr 12 - 11:02 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko underwent reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday.

Tarasenko, who is slated to need four-to-six months to recover, will be re-evaluated at training camp in September. He suffered a dislocated shoulder in St. Louis' regulars-season finale against Colorado.
Apr 11 - 11:33 AM

Carter Hutton hopes to become a starting goaltender next season.

Hutton is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he has the option of seeing what the market is like for him. He certainly performed well enough this season to warrant a shot at a number one gig as he posted a 2.09 GAA and .931 save percentage in 32 games.
Apr 10 - 1:44 PM

Jordan Schmaltz's upper-body injury was a concussion.

Schmaltz missed the Blues' final five games, but he had resumed practicing before the season ended. He now has the summer to recover. He had an assist in 13 games with St. Louis.
Apr 10 - 12:54 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko's upper-body injury is a dislocated shoulder and he'll have surgery on Wednesday.

Tarasenko could need four-to-six months to recover from the injury, which puts his availability for the start of training camp in question. Blues GM Doug Armstrong did say that Tarasenko might be available for the start of camp while Tarasenko believes he'll be available for the 2018-19 season opener. That all said, there's also the question of how this injury might impact his summer training. It's an X-Factor to consider when considering Tarasenko's value for 2018-19.
Apr 10 - 12:22 PM

Chris Butler has been returned to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

Butler played in four games with the Blues this month following his call-up at the end of the March. He skated in six NHL games in 2017-18.
Apr 9 - 5:34 PM

Ville Husso has been assigned to the minors.

Husso didn't see any NHL action during his recall with the Blues. He served as the backup goalie Friday night to Carter Hutton versus Chicago.
Apr 9 - 5:32 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko's upper-body injury is "pretty significant," according to Blues coach Mike Yeo.

Tarasenko suffered the injury in the first period of Saturday's game and couldn't return. The Blues went on to lose the contest to Colorado and thus St. Louis didn't advance to the playoffs. With that in mind, Tarasenko now has all summer to recover, though depending on the extent of the injury, it's possible that it could interfere with his offseason training plans.
Apr 8 - 7:37 AM

Jake Allen allowed three goals on 37 shots during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blues needed to pick up one point in the standings to qualify for the playoffs, but they failed to do so. There was a controversial moment in the second period of this game, as the Avalanche were awarded a goal that appeared to be offside. After review, the goal stood and the Avs were up 2-0 and the Blues never managed to overcome that deficit. It's a disappointing way to end the season for St. Louis. Allen will finish the year riding a personal five-game losing streak. He posted a 27-25-3 record with a 2.75 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage this season.
Apr 8 - 12:16 AM

Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blues needed to collect just a single point in this game to make the playoffs, but they ultimately fell short. This game wasn't without controversy, as a crucial offside call went Colorado's way early in the second period, and it put the Blues in a 2-0 hole at the time. Schwartz cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 12:28 mark of the second frame, but they were never able to tie the game. He also registered an assist on Brayden Schenn's goal in the final minute of regulation. Schwartz finishes the season with 24 goals and 35 assists in 62 games.
Apr 8 - 12:10 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko has suffered an upper-body injury and will miss the rest of tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

It's a big blow for the Blues who are currently down 2-1 in a winner take all for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tarasenko will finish the regular season with 33 goals and 66 points in 80 games.
Apr 7 - 10:46 PM


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