Player News - Blues

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Robby Fabbri has a better chance of making the Blues out of camp because of Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury.

Fellow prospect Ty Rattie and camp invitee Scott Gomez, who agreed to attend on a professional tryout, will be in the running for a roster spot as well. Fabbri has the talent to seize the opportunity and he impressed the team at last year's training camp.
Aug 27 - 9:15 PM

Patrik Berglund sustained a shoulder injury while training for the upcoming season and he'll be re-evaluated in four months.

He will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday. Berglund had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 games last season.
Aug 27 - 2:00 PM

Scott Gomez will attend training camp with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout.

He generated seven goals and 34 points in 58 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. Gomez and new assistant GM Martin Brodeur have a relationship from their days with the Devils organization, which may have played a part in this opportunity. Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury will give him a chance to get an NHL deal with the Blues.
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

Petteri Lindbohm is projected to replace Barret Jackman on the back end this campaign.

"Last year, nobody really knew me, but it's still the same thing this year," said Lindbohm. "I want to play up here, so I'm fighting for that. There's still a lot of (defensemen) fighting for that position. I'm one of those guys and I hope I get it." Colton Parayko and Jordan Schmaltz will be looking to be the next Petteri Lindbohm this fall at camp and possibly see time with the Blues at some point during the season. He dressed in 23 games with St. Louis last season
Aug 24 - 3:37 PM

Olli Jokinen is still an unrestricted free agent.

Jokinen played for Nashville, Toronto and St. Louis last season, playing 62 games. The 36-year-old had only four goals and 10 points last season and he could have a tough time garnering a new contract in the NHL. He made $2.5 million last season but will definitely have to accept a lot less, if a team is ready to offer him a deal.
Aug 18 - 6:28 PM

Scooter Vaughan has signed an AHL deal with the Chicago Wolves.

He skated in 71 games with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport last season, where he earned 16 points and 102 penalty minutes. Vaughan doesn't have any NHL experience.
Aug 14 - 1:45 PM

Eriah Hayes has signed with the AHL's Chicago Wolves for the 2015-16 season.

He produced eight goals and 25 points in 59 games with San Jose's minor-league affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, last year. Hayes also made four NHL appearances and he didn't pick up a point.
Aug 13 - 6:29 PM

Paul Stastny felt more comfortable as a leader with the Blues as the season progressed.

"By the end of the year I started speaking up. The first year with a new team, you kind of fly under the radar and be quiet. But as you get older you have to speak up," he said. "You want to win. If you see something go wrong, you're not going to sit there and not say anything. (Leadership), it's another attribute and ability that you're good at, and feel like you're not being used for it and kind of hindering yourself and not being involved as much as you should be. But at same time when you come to a new team, especially a team that's good and has been built from the bottom, they already have their leaders." He is expected to take on a larger role in his second season with St. Louis.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 11 - 7:07 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin could see a larger role at training camp due to Jori Lehtera's ankle surgery.

He averaged 13:28 of ice time last year with the Blues, while generating 13 goals and 18 points in 54 appearances. Lehtera's absence is also expected to give Ty Rattie and Robby Fabbri more opportunities to make their cases for roster spots.
Aug 11 - 6:16 PM

Jori Lehtera will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks following ankle surgery.

He underwent the procedure on Aug. 4, so he could be available to play in time for the Blues' regular-season opener on Oct. 8. However, it probably means that he will miss taking part in training camp. Lehtera suffered the injury at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but the team originally opted for rest and rehabilitation instead of surgery.
Aug 10 - 3:08 PM

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


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