Blues trade DJ King

July 28, 2010

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According to Andy Strickland on Twitter, the Blues have traded DJ King to the Washington Capitals.

Jeremy Rutherford later tweeted that King had agreed to a 2 year contract extension prior to the trade. The extension is worth $625,000 next season and $650,000 in 2011-2012.

EDIT: Jeremy Rutherford has confirmed on twitter that the player the Blues will receive in return is Stefan Della Rovere, Captain of the Barrie Colts last year. Rovere has played 230 games with Barrie, registering 65 goals, 73 assists and 479 penalty minutes.


Blues Re-Sign David Perron

July 21, 2010

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The Blues have announced that they have re-signed David Perron to a 2 year $4.3m contract extension. Perron will be paid $1.8m and $2.5 over the next 2 years.

On Twitter, David Perron said “Very very excited to be back! I wanna thank all my fans for their support and I am really looking forward to this year!”

It is great to see Perron sign again with the Blues – and the length of the contract is good. It will enable the Blues to evaluate Perron as he matures.

More details on the Blues Official Site

Quick Hits…

July 19, 2010

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The Blues have announced the re-signing of 23 year old prospect, Ryan Reaves. It’s a one year, two-way contract. More information on the Blues Official Site

Following David Perron (DP_57) and Erik Johnson (erikjohnson6), Patrik Berglund has now joined the Twitterverse. You can follow Patrik at pberglund21. The three of them seem to be colluding on giveaways and competitions so it’s worth following all three.

David Perron seems to be having trouble on facebook. It appears that someone is constantly setting up fake pages and claiming to be David. For information, the following link IS David Perron’s official facebook page: David Perron Facebook.

Hensick and EJ

July 17, 2010

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The Blues have signed restricted free agent, TJ Hensick, to a one year extension. Hensick was acquired from Colorado in exchange for Julian Talbot in June 2010.

More details about Hensick can be found on the Blues Official Site

Erik Johnson is now on Twitter. You can follow him here: erikjohnson6. So far, he’s had an amusing exchange with Jeremy Rutherford, mentioned a ticket giveaway and is going to the Lady Gaga concert in St Louis…

Blues re-sign Tyson Strachan

July 15, 2010

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The Blues have re-signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one year, two way contract. Strachan played 8 games for the Blues last season, notching 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

Strachan played 65 games last season for Peoria registering 5 goals, 21 assists and 75 penalty minutes.

More information can be found on the Blues Official Site

Weekly Update

July 13, 2010

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Three signings in the last few days for the Blues (however, expect all three to be Peoria players) together with a goodbye.

Brennan Evans – the 28 year old defenseman signed a two way contract with the Blues. Evans has spent the last seven seasons in the AHL.

Nathan Oystrick – this 27 year old defenseman also signed a two way contract with the Blues. He has played 56 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Anaheim Ducks registering 12 points and 52 penalty minutes.

Nicholas Drazenovic – drafted by the Blues in the 2005 draft, Drazenovic played in 58 games for the Rivermen last season, registering 19 goals, 20 assists and 40 penalty minutes. Drazenovic has also signed a two way deal but if injuries hit the Blues, expect Drazenovic to get a call.

Also, it’s goodbye to Darryl Sydor, who played for the Blues last season. Sydor is retiring and has been named Assistant Coach for the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Good luck, Mr Sydor and thank you.

Further information can be found on the Blues Official Site

Halak the way you move…

July 11, 2010

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When the Blues traded for, and subsequently signed, goalie Jaroslav Halak, there was much rejoicing on Blues websites and forums. FINALLY, after years of “veteran backups” we have a young, very good goalie with the potential to become the best the Blues have seen for an awfully long time. However. The doubts still niggled away. The main one has been this almost whispered concern that Halak could turn out to be the Blues version of Cristobal Huet.

Huet had been another Canadiens goalie who had ousted Jose Theodore as starter. Huet had taken the Canadiens to the playoffs and had a great game against the Hurricanes, stopping 42 of 43 shots. The Canadiens lost the series to the Hurricanes but Huet was re-signed and was selected to the All-Star team. He was traded to the Capitals and then picked up via free agency by the Chicago Blackhawks, signing a 4 year, $22.4m deal. Since that time, his “streaky” play has led to rookie, Antti Niemi ousting him as number 1.

The Halak situation is completely different. How different is summed up by TSN analyst Pierre McGuire in an article in The Montreal Gazette. McGuire predicted Huet would crash and burn when the Canadiens traded him to the Capitals. McGuire was convinced that players had already figured out how to beat him. So what about Halak? Could the Blues be in the same situation? Not according to McGuire:

“This is totally different (from Huet),” McGuire said. “(Halak) is a player who is in his prime and this is a guy who’s really worked hard to get to where he is. Huet was not even close to being in his prime -he was past his prime and he had never made it in his prime. And he was a guy that really was a byproduct of players not being familiar with him … the tendency to drop early and beat him up high.”

The work ethic is the key. No matter what league Halak has played in, he has worked extremely hard to be the best he can be. He may not be the most naturally gifted – but I’ll take Halak’s hard work and good positioning over natural talent any day of the week. Halak has HAD to work hard to get where he is – and that builds character, it gives an inner strength and self-belief that simply cannot be taught. Halak has had his knocks and he’s bounced back stronger every time.

This is a player you can build around. This is why fans are excited. And this is why the Blues signed him to a 4 year, $15m deal. Halak will be the Blues #1 next season – and as his agent, Allan Walsh said on twitter: β€œSt. Louis made a major commitment to him and Jaro is thrilled.”

Halak himself had this to say: “I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced. I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”

The future is bright – the future is Halak.


The Montreal Gazette
Blues Official Site