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Gunnarsson's availability for the regular-season opener seems to be throwing a wrench in the plans.
He feels good about first time in game this season.
Blues put Mueller, Prosser on waivers.
Hall of Famer will be a sounding board for Hitchcock and also work with the club's minor-league affiliate.
The lineup Hitchcock put on the ice vs. Carolina is close to the one he’ll have on opening day.
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.
You can look at the losses for this team and say that they will not make any noise this season. But this team has proven time and again that a strong team effort and solid coaching is all you need to be successful in today’s NHL.
Forwards: Niclas Bergfors, Zack Stortini.
Defensemen: Jack Hillen, Tyler Sloan.
On the outs
Forwards: Steve Begin (VAN)*, Wade Belak (unsigned)**, J.P. Dumont (unsigned), Marcel Goc (FLA), Matthew Lombardi (TOR), Steve Sullivan (PIT), Andreas Thuresson (NYR), Joel Ward (WAS).
Defensemen: Cody Franson (TOR).
Goaltenders: Mark Dekanich (CBJ).
*- Steve Begin has accepted a tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
**- Sadly, Wade Belak passed away over the off-season.
In 2001, StLouisBluesNews.com was created and an era was born in hockey message board history. Now LetsGoBlues.com, the site has remained your #1 stop for discussing the St. Louis Blues with fellow fans. As if this was not enough, LGB added front-page content last season that included game recaps, analysis of trades and even a Twitter feed for all of the Blues players. This season, we are taking it a step further.
On Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 the St. Louis Blues Radio Podcast will debut. A collaborative effort between LetsGoBlues.com Owner Curt Price, LGB Lead Writer Jeff Ponder and BlueNoteZone.com Owner and NHLHotStove.com Associate Editor Jeff Quirin will be made to deliver news analysis and opinion regarding the Blues in audio form.
Jeff Quirin – @JTQ_1
What can you say about the Detroit Red Wings? This team keeps its core together every year and seems to never be fazed by any depth changes. This will likely frustrate teams yet again in 2011-12.
Defensemen: Mike Commodore, Ian White.
Goaltenders: Ty Conklin.
On the outs
Forwards: Kris Draper (retired), Mike Modano (unsigned).
Defensemen: Ruslan Salei (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)*, Brian Rafalski (retired).
Goaltenders: Chris Osgood (retired).
Finally, the Blues named a captain that we can all agree on.
The Blues have been without a captain since they traded Eric Brewer near the NHL trade deadline in February. He served as the Blues’ captain for three years.
The Blues franchise and their fans never truly saw eye-to-eye as Brewer being the choice for captain. He was booed on home ice and was berated by fans on any St. Louis Blues message board.
Things will be different this season. David Backes, a true fan-favorite, will wear the ‘C’ as the Blues’ 20th captain heading into their 44th season in the NHL.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong was not shy in talking up his new captain.
“It’s someone that we truly believe can lead this franchise, not only this year but in the future,” Armstrong said, “someone that has a great relationship with Davis [Payne], an excellent relationship with his teammates [and] has the qualities we want in a captain.”