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He will play on a line with Stastny and Lindstrom.
First NHL teams looked at their kids. Then they gave depth guys their chance. Now coaches are locking in serious season preparation with their key players.
Blues forward will wear No. 17 to honor his late sister Mandi.
He will wear No. 17 this season in honor of his late sister, Mandi Schwartz.
First-round pick Fabbri, sixth-rounder Lindbohm have exceeded expectations to make the final 33 in camp.
The hockey community lost many great men today in one of the biggest tragedies to take place in sports history. Two of these men are former Blues.
Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev boarded a flight in Russia’s Yaroslavl airport this morning. Sadly, the flight never reached its destination of Minsk, Belarus. The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, one of the top KHL teams, were aboard the flight that crashed near a river, killing at least 43 people and leaving one in beyond critical condition.
The St. Louis Blues released the following statements about the tragic events today:
“The St. Louis Blues have lost two members of our family, Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families as well. Pavol and Igor were both incredibly passionate and dedicated players and their influence in St. Louis was not only felt on the ice, but throughout the community.”
Korolev, drafted by the Blues in the 2nd round, 38th overall of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, spent 12 seasons in the NHL, including his first two with the Blues. He left the NHL during the lockout and continued to play in Russia. He spent his last years playing with the Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Russian Elite League and Mytishchi Atlant and the Lokomotiv of the KHL. After playing in his final game in 2010, Korolev stayed with Yaroslavl as a coach. He just turned 41 years old on September 6.
The left-handed Demitra was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 9th round, 227th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Blues in possibly one of the best trades for St. Louis in their 43-year history. Christer Olsson, the Blues’ 11th round selection, 275th overall, was dealt straight-up to the Senators for Demitra on November 17, 1996. Olsson went on to play in 25 more NHL games. Demitra played eight seasons for the Blues and 788 total NHL games after the trade. He left the Blues as their 5th all-time leading scorer with 493 points.
One of the most interesting teams to watch this off-season has been the Columbus Blue Jackets. After making a splash to start the summer, acquiring superstar Jeff Carter from Philadelphia just before the NHL Entry Draft, the Jackets stayed out of the headlines for the rest of the summer.
Nonetheless, the Jackets will be a completely different team in 2011-12.
Forwards: Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal.
Defensemen: Radek Martinek, James Wisniewski.
Goaltenders: Mark Dekanich, Curtis Sanford
On the outs
Forwards: Chris Clark (unsigned), Nikita Filatov (OTT), Ethan Moreau (LAK), Andrew Murray (SJS), Scottie Upshall (FLA), Jakub Voracek (PHI), Kyle Wilson (NAS).
Defensemen: Mike Commodore (DET), Jan Hejda (COL), Rostislav Klesla (PHO), Sami Lepisto (CHI), Anton Stralman (unsigned).
Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon (TBL).
We all know what changes the Blues have made and we have already begun our predictions for how it will work out for them. Remember, there are four other solid teams in the Central Division.
In a five-part series, I will take a look at the Central Division and hammer out some statistics and news that may be helpful to you in determining where the Blues will stand at season’s end. Up first: the much hated rival of the Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Forwards: Andrew Brunette, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Rostislav Olesz.
Defensemen: Sami Lepisto, Steve Montador, Sean O’Donnell
On the outs
Forwards: Troy Brouwer (WAS), Jake Dowell, (DAL), Ryan Johnson (unsigned), Tomas Kopecky (FLA), Fernando Pisani (unsigned).
Defensemen: Brian Campbell (FLA), Chris Campoli (unsigned), Jassen Cullimore (Iserlohn Roosters; DEL, Germany), Jordan Hendry (unsigned).
Goaltenders: Marty Turco (unsigned).
Traverse City, Michigan will be the first place Ty Rattie puts on a Blues jersey in a real game situation.
Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the Blues will be participating in the 2011 NHL Prospects Tournament starting September 10 in Traverse City. The tournament will run for four days and features two divisions that include four clubs each. The Blues will be playing in the Gretzky Division along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. The other division, named affectionately after Detroit Red Wings’ great Gordie Howe, will have the Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and, of course, the Detroit Red Wings.
The tournament is based off round-robin divisional play. Each team will face their division foes three times and the best team from each division will play in the Championship Game on September 14.
Along with announcing the schedule, Armstrong also announced the roster for the tournament. Five players selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be members of the Blues squad. The Blues first selection, Ty Rattie, will likely have all eyes on him.
The Blues roster will look a lot different heading into this season than it did heading into last season. That is something that every Blues fan already knows.
What you may not know is how exactly the new signings stack up player-for-player to last season’s opening roster. Since last October, the Blues have made a lot of changes that some of us may have forgotten about.
Let’s explore these changes in a different view, shall we?
Each signing wasn’t made just to get the fans excited. These were signings, for the most part, that were made to plug-in holes that were left from previous trades or from players leaving via free-agency. Here is what I figure to be those holes that the Blues filled with each signing made.
2010-11: Eric Brewer
2011-12: Kent Huskins