Defenseman is hoping for a breakthrough season.
It's the first change to the team's primary uniform since 2007 and is introduced to a raucous gathering at a packed Ballpark Village.
Newcomer Paul Stastny is among the players on hand modeling the sweaters at Ballpark Village.
Former Chaminade teammates are officially introduced as new Blues at their old high school.
Led by Kelly Chase, a delegation of St. Louis Blues alums traveled to Slovakia this week to honor the memory of their late teammate.
Instead of bringing up a player from Peoria, the Blues have opted to bring in another new face to the roster.
The open spot comes after defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo was placed on the injury reserve Tuesday morning. Colaiacovo is suffering from a series of headaches that may or may not be symptoms of a concussion.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong was very careful to not use the word “concussion” too much when speaking with the press.
"It's symptoms right now," said Armstrong. "Carlo's had concussions in the past and he does have headaches right now, so we're just keeping him off the ice until those subside."
In Colaiacovo’s absence, the Blues have claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.
Chorney, 24, has appeared in 56 NHL games and has contributed 1 goal, 6 assists and 7 points spanning over parts of three seasons. He has spent his entire professional career as a member of the Oilers organization. In his AHL career, Chorney has added 12 goals, 38 assists and 50 points over 146 career AHL games.
"He's a good-skating, first-pass puck player that we thought would give us an opportunity to take a look at him here when we have the roster space available,” Armstrong said. “He'll come in here and be ready to be at practice tomorrow and be on the road with us."
Unbeknownst to most of the St. Louis area, the Blues open up the 2011-12 season tomorrow night at Scottrade Center.
Why is this the case? Well, St. Louis is a baseball town through and through.
The St. Louis Cardinals play Game 5 of their National League Divisional Series tonight with the Philadelphia Phillies. Normally, the Blues can still sneak into sports talk radio and the sports section of the newspaper despite the Cardinals’ playoff run. But not this time.
The Cardinals are getting all of the attention right now in every aspect of the media. It is well deserved.
The Cardinals have had quite the miracle run to end the season. On August 25, the Cardinals were 10 ½ games back from the wild card. They just came off a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium and it looked like the season was over for the historic team.
Things changed in a hurry. That night, the Cardinals began an impressive 22-9 run to close out the season, clinching a wild card playoff berth in the final night of the regular season, when the slumping Atlanta Braves lost in extra innings to the Phillies, forfeiting their spot atop the wild card standings.
The Blues will have a new look this season as there have been many personnel changes. The Blues hope that it is enough to get them back in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Forwards: Jason Arnott, Evgeny Grachev, Jamie Langenbrunner, Scott Nichol.
Defensemen: Kent Huskins.
Goaltenders: Brian Elliott.
On the outs
Forwards: Nicholas Drazenovic (CBJ), Cam Janssen (NJD), Dave Scatchard (Retired).
Defensemen: Nathan Oystrick (PHO), Tyson Strachan (FLO).
Goaltenders: Ty Conklin (DET).
Does pre-season matter? It must to the St. Louis Blues.
Playing in seven of their eight pre-season games, the Blues have recorded a fabulous 5-2-0 record while out-scoring their opponents 19-14 in the process.
What do the wins accumulate to? Well, nothing really. The points to concern yourself with is how these wins are coming along and which players are the biggest factors in the games.
First of all, the goaltending is getting it done.
Since the NHL decided to throw a crazy pre-season schedule at the Blues (first 5 pre-season games were played in as many days; 8 total pre-season games in 12 days), Head Coach Davis Payne has elected to let every goaltender play an entire game, as opposed to the traditional pre-season method of letting two goalies split each game.
Currently, newcomer Brian Elliott is leading the way, playing in 2 games and posting a 1-1-0 record with a .917 save percentage. Ben Bishop has recorded a 2-0-0 record with a .907 save percentage while undisputed starting goalie Jaroslav Halak has posted a 1-1-0 record and a .892 save percentage. Youngster Jake Allen also saw a start against the Avalanche before being sent to Peoria. He earned the victory, making 23 of 25 saves for a .920 save percentage.
One team owns the privilege of being called St. Louis’ team. That is neither the football or hockey team.
It’s true, no matter how much you want to deny it, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team numero uno in the Gateway City. If you don’t like baseball, you probably are not from St. Louis.
But who is the second favorite team?
This question was recently tweeted by St. Louis’ Mayor, Francis Slay (@MayorSlay) on Twitter. The public responses were a resounding positive for a certain team named after a genre of music.
@pmcgrew: I don't think that's even close. Blues.
@notjustanotherj: BLUES!!!!!!! SIlly question sir. If the blues won the cup... this city would be intoxicated for a week.
@aPaulitical: Football is more popular, but Blues support is stronger.
And of course, everyone’s favorite tweeter had a response:
@STLBluesRadio: Blues- even though media won't agree.