Player News - Blues

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Vladimir Sobotka will reportedly announce soon that he intends to return to the NHL, according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest.

He has spent the last two seasons with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, where he has produced 72 points in 97 games. The Blues hold his rights for one season at $2.725 million if he does return to the NHL. Sobotka can become an unrestricted free agent after that. He was also recently added to the Czech Republic's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.
May 28 - 5:54 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk knows the trade rumors probably won't go away, but he hopes to stay with the St. Louis Blues.

"It was a wild year with all the rumors going on, and it might plant the seed of doubt in your head," Shattenkirk said. "But that's not my decision. I'm happy to be coming back here next year. I have a year left and this is where I want to be next year. That's out of my hands unfortunately." Shattenkirk's four-year contract that comes with a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million will be completed after the 2016-17 season.
May 28 - 5:13 PM

Scottie Upshall's upper-body ailment was a broken and dislocated right thumb.

He sustained the ailment in Game 7 against Chicago during the first round. Upshall tapped it up and he stayed in the lineup until he missed three games in the Western Conference Final. The injury restricted what he could do on the ice, but now he has the summer to recover.
May 28 - 4:57 PM

Troy Brouwer would like to be back with St. Louis next season.

"It's a spot that we really enjoyed this year," Brouwer said. "I don't know exactly what the cap situation is. I know it's a business, and I know they have young guys coming up for contracts in a year or two. You can't just look at this season, you have to look forward to what their cap situation is going to be in years to come. But it's definitely a team and a city and a franchise that I would love to come back to if the opportunity makes itself available." He earned 18 goals and 39 points in 82 games during his first and possibly only season with the Blues. Brouwer had eight goals and 13 points in 20 playoff contests.
May 28 - 4:48 PM

Colton Parayko will play for Team North America at the World Cup.

The St. Louis rookie made the cut for the team comprised of players who are 23 and under from the United States and Canada. He had nine goals and 33 points in 79 games during the regular season along with seven points in 20 playoff matches.
May 28 - 4:18 PM

David Backes hopes to sign a new deal with St. Louis.

"No question this is home. We've been here 10 years and this is what we consider home. I don't know anything else," said Backes. "Hopefully it all works out, but it is the unfortunate side of sports that guys staying with one team is rare but maybe I'm one of those rare guys. That would be great." He can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he has said all along that he wants to stay with the only team that he has played for during his NHL career.
May 28 - 3:40 PM

With the late editions of David Backes (U.S.), Alex Pietrangelo (Canada), Colton Parayko (North America) and Dmitrij Jaskin (Czech Republic) the Blues will have seven players participating in the World Cup.

They will join Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia), Alexander Steen (Sweden) and Jori Lehtera (Finland) who were among the original 16 players chosen by their repsective countries.
May 28 - 11:17 AM

Dmitrij Jaskin will play for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey.

This will be the first time Jaskin will represent his country at the senior level. Jaskin recorded four goals and nine assists in 65 games with St. Louis during the 2015-16 campaign.
May 27 - 4:22 PM

Jori Lehtera registered an assist in the Blues' 5-2 loss to San Jose Wednesday night.

Lehtera finished the playoffs with three goals and nine points in 20 contests. He also had nine goals and 34 points in 79 regular season games.
May 26 - 11:49 AM

Brian Elliott returned to the St. Louis net Wednesday night, but it didn't turn out to be as pleasant a comeback as he hoped it would be.

Elliott was chosen to start Game 6 of the Western Conference Final after being replaced by Jake Allen in the series' previous two games. He allowed four of the 26 shots he faced to get past him, however, as the Sharks took a 4-0 lead in San Jose and coasted to a 5-2 win a berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. Elliott wound up with a postseason record of 9-9, a goals-against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .921.
May 26 - 12:23 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko ended his drought in the Western Conference Final Wednesday night, but it didn't help the St. Louis Blues extend the series.

The Blues were subdued and eliminated in San Jose by the Sharks, who won the game 5-2 and the best-of-seven series 4-2. Tarasenko was unable to produce a point against the Sharks until Wednesday. He finished the postseason with nine goals and 15 points in 19 postseason games. But Wednesday's game was, in reality, all San Jose. The Sharks catapulted to a 4-0 lead before Tarasenko found the net at 11:39 of the third period. He scored again at 16:25 to cut the Sharks' lead to 4-2.
May 26 - 12:00 AM

Chris Butler continues to serve as a healthy scratch for the Blues.

Butler hasn't appeared in a playoff game for the Blues this year. He does have an assist in seven career postseason contests though.
May 25 - 9:12 PM

Steve Ott will spend Game 6 in the press box.

Ott hasn't appeared in the Blues game since March 17. He has an assist in nine playoff games.
May 25 - 9:10 PM

Magnus Paajarvi is projected to serve as a healthy scratch on Wednesday.

Paajarvi is the odd man out because Scottie Upshall (upper body) is ready to return. He has an assist in three games in the 2016 playoffs.
May 25 - 8:48 PM

Scottie Upshall (upper body) is skating on the fourth line during Wednesday's pregame warmup.

As expected, Upshall will return to the Blues' lineup. His projected linemates are Kyle Brodziak and Dmitrij Jaskin.
May 25 - 8:46 PM


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