Category Archives: St. Louis Blues

Blues are open to sign-and-trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, but are finding few takers so far

There has been plenty of speculation about the St. Louis Blues entertaining a potential sign-and-trade deal involving Kevin Shattenkirk before the March 1 deadline.

Shattenkirk is in the final season of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. If he were to agree to an extension with the team that acquires him, it could help the Blues garner more value in a trade.

http://www.espn.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/43370/blues-are-open-to-sign-and-trade-for-kevin-shattenkirk-but-finding-few-takers-so-far

Could Fleury go to St. Louis?

“I believe what Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, though is hoping for is that the bubble teams in terms of the playoffs start to separate a little bit and maybe there’s a hint of desperation.

“I look at a team like St. Louis, as an example. It appears they’ve made their bed with Jake Allen, but if the St. Louis Blues believe they’re on the cusp or right there among the contenders and goaltending might be somewhat iffy or in question – look, Marc-Andre Fleury is a goaltender who has proven that he can take that team to another level.”

Allen’s four-year, $17.4 million contract extension with the Blues kicks in next season.

Fleury will still have another two years left on his contract once this season ends. His cap hit is $5.75 million.

http://www.fanragsports.com/news/dreger-wonders-blues-might-possible-fit-fleury/

Blues looking for a center

Dealing for true No. 1 centers is difficult in today’s NHL, and the elite guys almost never reach free agency.

Coach Ken Hitchcock worked around this issue the previous few seasons by deftly mixing and matching his versatile forwards. Then captain David Backes left via free agency after last season, Vladimir Sobotka remained exiled to Siberia, Lehtera continued his offensive fade and the problem got worse.
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/jeff-gordon/gordo-blues-struggle-to-plug-hole-in-middle-of-lineup/article_6c12182c-4ab0-5223-bf20-a668efe27051.html

Are Yakupov’s NHL days numbered?

OK, I’m starting to feel sorry for Nail Yakupov, as sorry as you can be for somebody getting paid $2.5 million not to play in St. Louis. He’s been a healthy scratch 12 times, and when he does dress, he’s averaging 10 minutes a game. He’ll be available to Vegas in the expansion draft, for sure. Would they take him? If not, will anybody else sign him to a bargain-basement, one-year $600,000 contract next season or will he be in the KHL?

http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/hockey-world-right-now-columbus-blue-jackets-zach-werenski-should-be-top-of-the-list-for-calder-trophy-voting-for-best-nhl-rookie

Could the Blues fire Hitchcock?

Are the Blues after Kadri?

Blues, Backes hope to work out a deal

The contract that was supposed to last forever is set to expire July 1, when Backes will become an unrestricted free agent. Talks between the Blues and their captain have been infrequent to date, and though he holds a full no-trade clause, there’s no certainty which way the situation will unfold with just 37 days left before NHL’s trade deadline Feb. 29.

Blues look forward to healthier lineup, but outside reinforcements could come, too

The Blues are fourth in the standings, but they may be leading in trade rumors. The most recent one centers on speedy Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin, who has demanded a trade and was recently suspended for not showing up to an American Hockey League game.

McKenzie: Drouin to the Blues?

It appears the Jonathan Drouin trade talks are heating up. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie provides an update on The Morning Show on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal.

http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/mckenzie-drouin-to-the-blues-1.423315

Will the Blues move Shattenkirk for scoring help?

St. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk could be on the block, while the Anaheim Ducks are a team to watch in the Jonathan Drouin sweepstakes, TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli writes.

http://www.tsn.ca/mondaymustread-will-the-blues-move-shattenkirk-for-scoring-help-1.421109

Robby Fabbri for Jonathan Drouin is a possibility.

D men who could be on the move

Blues GM Doug Armstrong would prefer to move Carl Gunnarsson, a No. 4-5 defenceman and pending UFA, but that would only bring back a Cam Atkinson-type player, should he deal with the Jackets. If St. Louis wants a Top 6 forward in return, they may dangle Shattenkirk, who has one year left on his deal beyond 2015-16.

Will Tarasenko get an offer sheet?

lot of talk St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko will be getting an offer sheet after finishing off a rookie deal last season.

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