The Blues felt confident with their depth heading into the season. They emerged from training camp with three scoring lines and the potential for two abrasive grinding lines as well.
Stastny could be back soon from his shoulder injury.
Team continues to notch big wins in the face of adversity. But judging by recent attendance, wait-and-see is in full effect.
Goaltender makes 24 saves while Steen, Reaves score goals.
Reaves and Steen account for the team's offense.
Just a few hours after Kovalchuk signed a reported 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia Flyers moved one of their most prolific forwards. Simon Gagne was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for former Blue Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. Because the biggest free-agent forward is off the market and Gagne has finally gotten the trade he has asked for, other forwards are now able to see what kind of money they can demand. Because of this, the once-available forwards are quickly becoming available.
But who is left?
Lee Stempniak is available at the moment. Making $3.50 million in 2009-10, the right-winger ended the season with 14 goals in 18 games after being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline. With Kovalchuk signed, does that mean that Stempniak now knows how much money he can ask teams for without his asking price being too high?
Stempniak has expressed his plan already to Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News.
“...at this point I'm just sort of waiting.” Stempniak said. “I'm sitting back, trying to be patient, exploring all the options and trying to make the right decision."
The St. Louis Blues annonced today that they have officially signed Jaroslav Halak to a four year deal worth a reported 15 million dollars.
The deal is structured as follows:
Year one: $2.75 million
Year two: $3.50 million
Year three: $4.25 million
Year four: $4.50 million
The cap hit will be $3.75 million per year for each of the four years.
Halak's camp said they didn't file for salary arbitration because they wanted to negotiate without a deadline.
In other news...
Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has been re-signed for two years at $4.25 million. That's a cap hit of $2.125 per season.
Tough guy Cam Janssen has signed a one-year $600k contract extension. There is no word on how this will effect contract negotiations with Blues' enforcer, D.J. King.
Aside from rooting hard for the Note year in and year out, Blues fans root for the Detroit Red Wings to lose (like people don't already know this). We don't care if it's in a charity golf tournament, beer pong, a hot dog eating contest, a pre-season game, old-timers event, or the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wings will go down and they will go down hard...that is, if Blues fans have anything to say about it. And it's really not even enough for them to go down hard. Blues fans would prefer Detroit get humiliated, embarrassed and suffer multiple injuries while losing in grand fashion on a national stage.
The Blues may have fallen short in their bid to make the playoffs, but the annual LetsGoBlues.com Playoff Challenge for 2010 is underway!
Woo hoo! (Well, I'd rather the Blues be in the playoffs too...but what can you do?)
If you are new to the format, after the round one entries are received, we split the entries up into groups based on their forum post count...and we usually have a celebrity team and take the picks from ESPN or TSN and put them on a team to see how we compare against them.
Each participant picks the winner of each matchup and also picks the number of games they think each matchup will go. Picking the correct winner gets you two points. If you pick the correct winner, you have a shot at a bonus point by picking the correct number of games the series will go.
There will be a team prize and individual prize. Winners will receive bragging rights and a trophy signature to place in your forum signature spot.
In the past, we've had people participate from all over the world and everyone has a good time.
If you would like to participate, click on the Round 1 link to the right, fill out the form and watch some playoff hockey!
This was the biggest game of the season for the Blues, and boy did they come to play. St. Louis scored early and scored often, King destroyed Barch in an early fight, Marty Turco was rudely chased from the net early in the 2nd period shortly after the Stars franchise had honored him for playing in his 500th game on Tuesday, and the Blues added a couple more goals on Lehtinen for good measure en route to a 6-1 drubbing of the Stars, and jumping over them in the standings in the process...all on their home ice. Did we kick their dog while we were there too? (Where are you Cam Neely?)