February 19, 2011
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Now the dust has settled a bit on this blockbuster trade, it’s worth checking out the really good analysis posted by “averagejoe” over at St Louis Game Time – Roster Shakeup.
The Blues have also posted a couple of videos:
Doug Armstrong discusses the trade with Colorado
David Backes and Brad Boyes react to the recent shenanigans
I think discussion on this will continue for some considerable time.
February 19, 2011
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Well, in the wee small hours of the morning, the Blues announced they have traded Erik Johnson and Jay McClement to Colorado in exchange for Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk. The Blues also give up a conditional 1st round draft pick in 2011 or 2012 whilst the Avalanche give up a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2011 and 2012.
I have to say this is a shocking trade. I don’t think anyone really expected the Blues to trade Erik Johnson – however, it is what it is. I like Chris Stewart – he’s a power forward like Backes and Shattenkirk has great potential.
You can hear Blues GM, Doug Armstrong, talking about the trade on the Blues website: Blues Podcast.
Good luck to EJ and Jay McClement – and welcome aboard Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk.
January 31, 2011
If you missed the All Star Game then check out the Guardian Project that was unveiled during intermission – have to say I rather like “The Blue”.
Well, the second half of the season starts tomorrow and the Blues really need to come out strong. Some good news to start with – it looks like Barret Jackman will be back tomorrow. Bad news – the status of Erik Johnson is unknown after he took a deflected puck to the face in practice today. As the saying goes, if the Blues didn’t have bad luck they wouldn’t have any luck at all. As far as Andy McDonald goes, Chris Kerber has just tweeted that McDonald is NOT expected back tomorrow but that the weekend looks more likely.
In other news, the Blues have recalled Philip McRae and Nikita Nikitin from Peoria – and have sent down Stefan Della Rovere.
Now, if the Blues are to make the playoffs there are a number of players who need to raise their games – and one of the most important is Jaroslav Halak. Halak has not had a good January – and yes, I know the defense has been hit, the forwards haven’t been backchecking enough and that our special teams and turnovers have almost crippled the team. But – this is the very time that Halak needs to come up strong. And I have no doubt that he will. Word is that he’s been working with Blues goalie coach, Corey Hirsch, on his positioning. They’ve been watching video and using Scott Mellanby as a screen whilst pucks are fired at Halak. Halak is working on staying farther out in his crease – a lot of his problems recently have been from drifting back into his crease and getting caught there. Staying at the top of the crease and being aggressive is what he needs to do. Of course, it might help if there was a defenseman, apart from Barret Jackman, who will get physical with opposition players who set up camp in Halak’s crease.
I have faith that Jaroslav Halak will rediscover his game – it’s not been easy for him. Having to adjust not just to a different team (with not as strong a defense as Montreal) but also adjusting to a different Conference. The West is much tougher than the East. It has to be remembered that Halak is also adjusting to something else: being a number 1 goalie. This is his first season as number 1 – it’ll take time. Personally, I think the All Star break is just what Halak needs. He can regroup – take a step back and start again.
Brace yourselves – because I think Halak will come up very strong in the second half of the season. He’s our franchise goaltender and whilst this season may be looked upon as a transition period, I’m very excited about how this guy is going to develop in the next few years.
December 17, 2010
Great win for the Blues last night – and more importantly, no more injuries to report.
- In case you missed it, the Blues have confirmed that Erik Johnson is suffering from a slight knee sprain. Johnson, was in fact, on the ice this morning along with Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak.
- Vladimir Tarasenko will join Team Russia at the World Juniors and Sebastian Wannstrom will join Team Sweden.
- Adam Cracknell has been assigned to Peoria.
- A great interview with Cam Janssen prior to the game against the Kings where he talks about playing for his hometown team, Keith Tkachuk’s retirement, the addition of Jaroslav Halak and much more. The interview can be found at MayorsManor.Com
- There’s also a neat wordpress site that features doodles from each Blues game – funny stuff – definitely worth checking out. Go to 90-Pound Doodles
December 16, 2010
It never rains but it pours. With all the injuries the Blues have suffered, Erik Johnson left the game last night in the first 10 minutes. Johnson got somewhat tangled with Datsyuk and limped off the ice. The good news is that he got off the ice under his own power – the bad is that he didn’t return; will be evaluated further today and is definitely out of tonight’s game against the Kings.
So, the state of play injury-wise is currently:
David Perron – Concussion – no timetable for his return.
Andy McDonald – Concussion – no timetable for his return.
Roman Polak – Wrist surgery – skating and will be evaluated in January.
TJ Oshie – Broken Ankle – will be evaluated in February.
Erik Johnson – Knee – status unknown but will definitely miss tonight’s game.
Alex Pietrangelo – Shoulder – should be day to day and was on the ice at practise today.
Nikita Nikitin has been recalled from Peoria and Andy McDonald has been placed on IR retroactive to 4 December. Despite being hit by errant pucks last night, David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka should both be in the lineup tonight.
Apologies for the lack of recent updates – real life has intruded somewhat.
November 11, 2010
Ouch. The Blues came back down to earth not with a bump but with the force of an impacting asteriod. They had no energy, no passion, they were slow, sluggish and listless – with endless turnovers and seemingly no cohesion.
The rot started right away – with the Blue Jackets scoring three goals in the first period. So, 3-0 at the end of period 1; 6-1 at the end of period 2 and 8-1 by the time the game ended. The Blue Jackets had breakaways and there was a fluky goal that hit Halak’s skate and popped into the net. Halak was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 15 shots but Conklin didn’t fare much better, giving up 4 goals on 20 shots. The Blues defense was almost non-existent – as mentioned before, an appalling number of turnovers, sloppy play and hardly any forechecking or backchecking contributed to this dire loss.
In the third period, the Blues had both Janssen and Boyes ejected from the game as they tried desperately to haul back a little bit of respect. Of course, it just had to get EVEN worse. With just over 10 minutes left to play in the game, TJ Oshie was helped off the ice after becoming involved in one of the many scrums that littered the game. Pahlsson fell on top of Oshie who landed awkwardly – it was later revealed that TJ Oshie has broken his ankle and may have to undergo surgery. This is a very bitter blow for a Blues team already decimated by injuries.
Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson were both -3 on the night – as was Andy McDonald who managed 6 shots. McDonald, Boyes and Backes really need to pick up their pace. McDonald has 2 goals and 3 assists on the season, Backes has 1 goal and 4 assists and Brad Boyes, whilst money in the shootout, has 1 goal and 4 assists. These three HAVE to lead by example now – there is no excuse.
Nick Drazenovic has been called up from Peoria and expect another call up during the day. Winchester could be close to returning but Perron is still suffering from headaches relating to the Joe Thornton hit.
The Blues play Nashville at Scottrade tonight – let’s see if this game was a temporary blip…or the shape of things to come.
UPDATE: Blues have recalled Chris Porter along with Nick Drazenovic from Peoria.
November 3, 2010
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Following the hit by Jordin Tootoo last week, the Blues have placed Carlo Colaiacovo on IR with concussion. Nathan Oystrick has been recalled from Peoria.
Nikita Nikitin will accompany the team on their upcoming three game road trip. Nikitin has been practising with the team following his wrist injury.
Erik Johnson limped off the ice near the end of practice this morning – no news as to his status yet.
UPDATE: it’s being reported on twitter by Jeremy Rutherford that Blues GM Doug Armstrong has said that the injury to Erik Johnson is “nothing”.