Poll: Did the Blues get a big enough return for Brian Elliott?

The Brian Elliott trade was both unexpected and controversial. Elliott led the Blues to multiple playoff series wins (something no Blues goalie has done in years), but the team decided to move him to the Calgary Flames in an effort to save some cap room and to avoid a future decision in which they’d lose either Elliott or Jake Allen to the expansion draft. The Blues received the...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: The Brian Elliott trade was going to happen eventually

Yesterday, St. Louis Blues fans saw the end of a phenomenal goalie in Brian Elliot being traded to the Calgary Flames. Many were waiting to hear about a Kevin Shattenkirk trade, but it was Elliott who got traded. This trade, however, would have had to happen at some point in the future. For starters, the NHL is going to be expanding with Las Vegas getting a team. With the new expansion...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis lives up to 'Heartland of Hockey' reputation in NHL Draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- St. Louis was represented in a major way during the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday, as five players who grew up in the area and played for the St. Louis AAA Blues youth hockey club were selected. During a week in which the NHL expanded into Las Vegas, the draft had an international flavor to it with a record 12 Americans selected in the first round, besting...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The St. Louis Blues Take Tage Thompson at No. 26

With the 26th pick in the National Hockey League draft, the St. Louis Blues take center and right wing Tage Thompson from the University of Connecticut of NCAA Division 9. The pick originally belonged to the Washington Capitals, but the choice was sent to St. Louis for the 28th pick and the 87th selection in this year’s draft. Analysis of Tage Thompson Thompson is the first UConn...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Flames acquire Elliott from Blues

The Calgary Flames have acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 35th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional pick. The Flames were rumored to be interested in several goalies (Fleury, Bishop), but ultimately they landed on Elliott. Brian Elliott will be traded to CAL — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 25, 2016 STL gets 35h...
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Video: Tarasenko’s adorable acceptance speech after winning the cover of NHL 17

Once upon a time, Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t like talking to the media because his English wasn’t as strong as he had hoped. Skip ahead to the 2016 NHL Awards and Tarasenko delivered an adorable acceptance speech after finding out he would grace the cover of NHL 17. From thanking the Blues organization to congratulating the Penguins on their Stanley Cup win, Tarasenko’s speech...
Via Frozen Notes
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dallas Stars may wait until regular season to upgrade goalies

The Dallas Stars’ struggle in goal in 2015-16 was evident, but the team might not immediately look for an upgrade between the pipes. Pierre LeBrun of reports Stars general manager Jim Nill might end up upgrading his shoddy goaltending situation in the offseason, but he writes Dallas might be patient in acquiring a goalie and stick with the status quo entering the season...
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo to succeed Blues' Hitchcock in '17-18

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have hired Mike Yeo as the successor-in-waiting for coach Ken Hitchcock, who has declared that next season will be his last behind the bench before retiring.Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday that Yeo will be an associate coach for one year under Hitchcock and take over the team for the 2017-18 season. The 64-year-old Hitchcock...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Yeo hired as Blues coach, named successor to Hitchcock

Today, it was announced, courtesy of Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that Mike Yeo will be brought on as an assistant coach and will take over the Blues from Ken Hitchcock when he retires after the 2016-17 season. After a good year this past season, many weren’t sure what would happen to the Blues' coaching position. They played above many people’s expectations...
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The St. Louis Blues have hired their next coach a year early

Four months to the day after he was fired as coach of the Minnesota Wild, Mike Yeo has his next job lined up – for 12 months down the line.Yeo has been hired as the 2017 replacement for current St Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who has said next season will be his last behind the bench. Yeo will be an associate coach under Hitchcock on one of the NHL’s best teams next season...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

David Backes is apparently selling his house

The St. Louis area isn’t too densely populated which makes it relatively easy to bump into Blues skaters around town. David Backes has called Clayton home for a while, but now it appears he’s selling his house which may indicate his future with the Blues might be about to end. Credit to the folks over at the Blues subreddit for finding that Backes’ home is up on the market...
Via Frozen Notes
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues Hitchcock In Assistants Out

The St. Louis Blues coaching situation just took another hit in the assistant roles as Kirk Muller announced he would not be back next season. This leaves head coach Ken Hitchcock without to fill two of his assistant roles as Brad Shaw is also looking elsewhere. Each of the assistants waited until it Hitchcock announced he would return to the Blues as head coach but was that the...
Via Beyond The Benches
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announces retirement tour

The St. Louis Blues made it to the NHL Western Conference Finals this season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in six games. After a tremendous season ended just short of the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced he’s coming back for one last go at another Stanley Cup. The 64-year-old had previously announced that the 2015-2016 season would be his last. But...
Via The Comeback
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Lost and Found

There is a plethora of ways that teams can win the Stanley Cup. For the St. Louis Blues, their key to success may be having a roster that acts more like a carousel than a cement block. Puzzled by the analogy? A carousel is always moving, while cement blocks stay in tact. For Game 4, the Blues went through a huge makeover and regained home ice advantage in the Western Conference Finals...
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
Via Yardbarker
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Game 7 between the Blues and Stars is must-see hockey

The Eastern Conference Final set itself after the Penguins defeated the Capitals Tuesday night. The Western Conference Final, however, is still a bit of a mystery, with two Game 7 bouts scheduled for the latter part of the week. Needless to say, neither one of these games is to be missed.Looking back at media predictions preceding Round 2’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and...
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May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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