Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will be better off diving into a good Civil War novel than a video review Thursday night's messy 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
Bluenotes • Hitchcock was uncertain Thursday morning who would be out with flu.
It's a rough reunion as former Blues goalie makes 31 saves in leading Vancouver to 4-1 victory.
Former St. Louis goalie stops 31 of 32 shots in win.
Erstwhile Blues goaltender is back to revive the awful memories of another playoff collapse. Boo him if you must, but Miller wasn't alone in the capitulation to Chicago.
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
Those of you hoping to see a big season from winger David Perron may be quite disappointed.
Perron, 23, suffered a season-ending concussion on November 4 when Sharks center Joe Thornton hit him at center ice after exiting the penalty box. Perron missed the final 72 games of the season.
Perron has still not reached full health, as Blues GM Doug Armstrong confirmed on Wednesday that the left-winger would still be sidelined at the start of training camp.
“... We're going to continue down the course we're at right now,” Armstrong said. “But where we're at now, in the summer and with training camp, we've decided to just move forward with the idea that David won't be ready for training camp ... he'll just continue to progress and when he is ready, whatever time he is ready, he'll jump back in and start his training to resume his career. But we're not expecting him at training camp.”
Armstrong added that Perron’s progress “took a big jump a few months ago,” but he still cannot resume normal practice with the rest of his teammates.