Player News - Blues

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Luke Opilka will miss at least another month of action after undergoing offseason hip surgery.

Opilka was St. Louis' fifth round pick in 2015. He spent the 2015-16 season with OHL Kitchener and he'll likely be headed back to junior whenever he gets fully healthy again.
Sep 24 - 11:11 AM

Paul Stastny was shocked by Team USA's disappointing performance at the World Cup of Hockey.

The Americans failed to make the semifinal after going 0-3 in the round robin. "I think it’s, not sad, it’s shocking," said Stastny, who was on the Olympic team in 2010 and ’14. "No one expected that. If they win that first game (against Team Europe), everything is completely different. ... Obviously (Canada), they’re the favorites (in the group), but maybe they were underestimating Europe, or maybe looking ahead. Those are the mistakes teams make. If I’m on that team, I’m probably thinking more about Canada because … you know that’s your big game because you think if you beat them you’re going to win the group. Europe played a smart game, kind of a savvy, played like Sweden almost."
Sep 24 - 11:08 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said getting Vladimir Sobotka back to the NHL has been more complicated than he expected.

Sobotka has played the last few seasons in the KHL, but he's more than ready to return to the Blues this season. Unfortunately for the player and his NHL team, the KHL has yet to release him from his contract. "I met with he and his agent here, and it’s complicated to say the least with the Russians," Armstrong said. "They’re dealing with it again (Friday) and hopefully we’re going to have this resolved one way or the other certainly by Sunday. It’s more complicated than I was led to believe over the summer and that part’s disappointing. They’re working on getting something done, and I’m hoping they can. He’s either got to come to our camp and start playing or got to go back to the KHL and start playing. We want him back, and the conversations are he wants to come back."
Sep 24 - 11:04 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong was more than happy to sign Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension.

"It says a lot about what’s important to him," Armstrong said. "We all know that free agency was an option for him, but he stepped up and over the course of the summer made it clear he wanted to find a solution to stay in St. Louis, and from our perspective we made it clear he was a player we wanted to keep here in St. Louis. We’re excited to have him on board. He’s a big part of our leadership group now and in the future." Steen's deal is worth $23 million in total.
Sep 24 - 11:02 AM

Vladimir Sobotka is still attempting to get out of his KHL contract.

If Sobotka is successful in those efforts, then he'll rejoin St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong is hoping that this matter is resolved by Sunday. Sobotka had 18 goals and 34 points in 44 KHL contests last season.
Sep 23 - 5:16 PM

Alexander Steen has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

Steen still has one season left on his three-year, $17.4 million deal, so the Blues have secured him through 2020-21 with this new contract. With this deal Steen is taking a relatively minor annual pay cut of $50,000. "St. Louis has become home. I've been here eight years," Steen said. "I've gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It's been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now." He had 17 goals, 35 points, and 52 penalty minutes in 67 contests last season. He's currently recovering from a shoulder injury, but is expected to be fine for the season opener.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 23 - 2:17 PM

Alexander Steen (shoulder) was wearing a no-contact jersey during Friday's skate.

Steen did participate in drills though. He is expected to be fine for the season opener.
Sep 23 - 1:00 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal in Russia's 3-0 victory over Finland.

It was Tarasenko's second goal of the World Cup, unless you want to also count the marker he had against the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament exhibition contests. Ivan Telegin and Evgeni Malkin accounted for Russia's other two goals on Thursday.
Sep 22 - 5:43 PM

Vladimir Sobotka's KHL team, Omsk Avangard, still feels it has him under contract.

He wants to be in the NHL for the 2016-17 campaign, but it's unclear if he will be with the Blues after the World Cup.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

Emerson Clark and Gus Young will attend St. Louis' training camp on professional tryouts.

Clark played with two teams in the ECHL last season and he skated in 29 games with the AHL's Chicago Wolves on a loan assignment. He will likely spend the 2016-17 campaign with the Wolves again. Gus Young has spent the last two years with San Jose's AHL affiliates.
Sep 20 - 2:11 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk understands that the trade rumors probably won't go away, but he is prepared to play for the Blues in 2016-17.

"This is something that I think is going to go on all year, it's always a story that people are going to run with," Shattenkirk said. "But for me, I can only control what I do on the ice and if I’m giving 100 percent out there, whatever happens, happens. I can control it to a certain point, but if something is going to go down, it's going to go down." He thought he was going to get moved at the NHL Draft this past June, but that didn't happen. Shattenkirk knows this could be his last season with the Blues, as he can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Sep 20 - 11:24 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko was one of four goal scorers in Team Russia's 4-3 victory over Team North America in Group B World Cup action in Toronto Monday night.

The Russians trailed North America 1-0 after the first period but poured it on with four consecutive goals in a span of 6:14 in the second period. Tarasenko scored the fourth of those four goals. It was his first in this World Cup. Also picking up their first goals were Vladislov Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Russia is now 1-1-0 in the tournament.
Sep 19 - 11:29 PM

Colton Parayko collected two assists in Team North America's 4-1 win over Finland on Sunday night.

The under-24 years of age squad opened the tournament with an impressive win over the Finns and they got a point from 10 players in the contest. However, Parayko was the only player on the team to record a two-point effort.
Sep 19 - 9:46 AM

It seems Vladimir Sobotka doesn't think he'll be able to play with the St. Louis Blues come October.

Back in August it sounded like Sobotka was close to rejoining the Blues, but there appears to be roadblocks. He's been playing in the KHL and still has a year left on that contract.
Source: AP.org
Sep 16 - 3:16 PM

Alexander Steen (shoulder) should be fine for the season opener.

In fact, Steen was nearly up to speed in time for the World Cup. "I feel great, and it’s a lot earlier than the doctors expected," Steen said. "Made a significant push to make the World Cup and I was extremely close, just ran out of time. I would have had to miss all of the (World Cup) preseason games and then jump right into the tournament. I was unsure of how the shoulder would react, so we made the decision to step away." Steen, who had surgery in June after dislocating his shoulder back in February, thinks the Blues' opener is a realistic target for him, though the big test will be to see how his shoulder responds to contact. With that in mind, he'll be someone to keep in the back of your mind once the Blues' preseason schedule starts.
Sep 15 - 9:58 AM


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