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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:38 pm 
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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Niklas Lundstrom from AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SweHL).

Lundstrom, 21, has appeared in 26 games in the Swedish League this season, including stints with AIK and Sodertalje SK.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound goaltender has posted a 7-15-0 record overall, including a 2.94 goals-against average, a .893 save-percentage and one shutout.

The Varmdo, Sweden native was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round, 132nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:00 pm 
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Are they putting something into the water supply over there in St. Lou? Because 1st off, the team is playing like a big steaming sack of pig shit and now they're recalling not only a goalie, but far and away the wrong goalie. If there was a need for a 3rd goalie to come up, why the hell isn't it Allen?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:28 pm 
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Are they putting something into the water supply over there in St. Lou? Because 1st off, the team is playing like a big steaming sack of pig shit and now they're recalling not only a goalie, but far and away the wrong goalie. If there was a need for a 3rd goalie to come up, why the hell isn't it Allen?


The NHL isn't the only league you call a goalie up to:

The Blues have activated Niklas Lundstrom.
This activation does not seem to be the result of an injury to Ryan Miller or Brian Elliott. The Blues just wanted an extra practice goalie and rather than yank Jake Allen from his staring role with the Chicago Wolves, the Blues decided to bring in Lundstrom. Lundstrom played in Sweden this season and posted a 2.86 GAA and a .894 save percentage in 24 games for Sodertalje of the SEL. Apr. 6 - 12:03 pm et
Source: Lou Korac Twitter

As for our current situation, absolutely not worried. The team is coasting the rest of the season cause it doesn't matter; we either take on Minny or Dallas. These games don't mean jack and the team knows it, so they're screwing around. Hitchcock should have a better leash on them, but I don't see a problem if we tank the rest of the games provided they show up in force when we enter the playoffs. To me, As long as what matters to this team is a shiny Cup and their play jumps a gear, I could care less what they do now as long as they show up when the real season begins.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:12 am 
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The concern is real, for sure. But, until we lose 4 games in a playoff series, I'm not going to count this team out. The talent is there. The big concern for me is that we aren't playing hot 'at the right time' as they say. But for every team that gets on fire at the right time (2012 LA Kings, lookin' at'choo), there are teams that back in to the playoffs and do well.

Part of me wonders if it's not just injuries to Steen/Senko that's hurting us, but if there are guys struggling with playable injuries that might be hampering their play.

As someone said, we are Blues fans. It's in our nature to freak out this time of year and it's starting to happen early. We've got 4 games (Wash, @ Minn, @ Dal, Det) to right ourselves. I think every one of those games are winnable. But what I'd like to see is more creativity, less dump and chase, more hitting.

The only other thing I'll say is that if they're coasting to the end? Fine. But don't say you want to win the President's trophy and then not show up for 3 straight games. Each team, champions included, always go through adversity, always go through slides with poor play. Let's just hope this is that.

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I am not sure our forwards group is talented or fast enough right now, especially without steen and tank.

I am really disappointed with Derek Roy's play this year.

Steve Ott has been a turd thus far. He was -4 yesterday @ Chi.

I think the comment about lack of offensive and defensive adjustments is clearly a good observation.

We had the same issues in the playoffs the last couple years. We keep doing the same thing hoping that doing it better will get a different result.

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not_a_wings_fan wrote:
I am not sure our forwards group is talented or fast enough right now, especially without steen and tank.

I am really disappointed with Derek Roy's play this year.

Steve Ott has been a turd thus far. He was -4 yesterday @ Chi.

I think the comment about lack of offensive and defensive adjustments is clearly a good observation.

We had the same issues in the playoffs the last couple years. We keep doing the same thing hoping that doing it better will get a different result.


I'll agree somewhat with Roy. He's shown flashes and the guy never plays with a consistent line. I will completely agree about Ott, and will gladly add Paajarvi and Berglund to that list. I've never seen Berglund look so lazy and sluggish as I did Saturday against the Avs. At the rate we are going, I wouldn't mind seeing the Porter, Cracknell and Reeves line back together and sitting Ott and Paajarvi. I also wonder what a scratch would do to Berglund. Maybe wake him up? I mean Berglund makes Jorgen Peterson look tough on his skates.


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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Niklas Lundstrom from AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SweHL).
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I just thought this was an odd way of stating this transaction. I guess he was already under contract? Are we looking to have him play over here next season in the AHL or ECHL?


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not_a_wings_fan wrote:
I am not sure our forwards group is talented or fast enough right now, especially without steen and tank.

I am really disappointed with Derek Roy's play this year.

Steve Ott has been a turd thus far. He was -4 yesterday @ Chi.

I think the comment about lack of offensive and defensive adjustments is clearly a good observation.

We had the same issues in the playoffs the last couple years. We keep doing the same thing hoping that doing it better will get a different result.


I think a few issues are factors.

#1 we lack elite level offensive talent. While we have three lines, at full health, that are second line quality on a contender, we don't really have anyone (at this stage in his career) that is capable of being the best player on an elite first line. We don't really have anyone that can elevate the game of checking line caliber players to scoring line players. No matter who we face in the playoffs, the single best offensive talent in the series will be on the other team; with some potential opponents, as many as the 4 best offensive talents in the series will be on the other team.

#2 we lack scoring depth in the organization. with injury, we are filling in with checking line types (Paajarvi, Jaskin, Ott). Jaskin may develop into a scorer some day, but he's not providing much right now. Since our scoring relies on balance across the line(due to #1 above), this leads to the opponent having an easier time shutting that line down as they can focus on the better players; its like playing a man short especially if its Ott. And unlike last season's stretch run, we are getting zip out of our 4th line. Maybe we should give Rattie a call up?

#3 contrary to popular opinion that the Blues are a tough physical team that wears out their opponents, I think our system wears out our team. They looked tired in the second half of last year. I remember in particular a road win at Winnipeg late in the year in which Blake Wheeler made us look like we were skating in mud. The same thing seems to be happening this year. Less than a week to the playoffs and a probable conference championship season, the constant post-game refrain is not good enough effort. There was one good stretch yesterday when we had the Hawks hemmed in the zone for an extended shift and it ended with the 'exhausted' Hawks getting a breakaway.

#4 Steve Ott sucks.


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I absolutely agree about our offensive talent.

I am also starting to sour on the system, but I really think it's about a lack of explosive offensive guys that can create and finish more than anything about hitchs system.

The do look like they need some rest.

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I forget which announcer it was during the Hawks game but he raised a good point.

If you're the Blues, and it's late in the game and it's tied and you got ONE player at the top of the circle looking to bury the puck... Who do you pick? And how confident are you that it's going to go in?

I sat there for a moment and went "uhhh....." "Steen? Tarasenko?" and "Not sure" respectively.

The point was: it shouldn't be a big hesitation or question mark and the second answer should be "pretty darn." There's neither.

And I'd echo the "tired" sentiment but to be fair, our guys played a night game against the Avs and turned right around the next morning (essentially) and right back at it against a traditional rival. Hell, BEER LEAGUES don't often schedule games that close together. Kind of scheduling BS if you ask me...

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