March 1, 2011

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Vladimir Sobotka is unable to play tonight after taking a Jarome Iginla slapshot off the toe of his skate. Adam Cracknell has been recalled from Peoria.

Ben Bishop will once again get the start in goal – with Ty Conklin as backup. Jaroslav Halak practised today and took a few shots but he’s not ready to return just yet.

And if you thought the Blues had thrown in the towel on the season, they obviously forgot to tell their players – specifically TJ Oshie. There’s a great interview at the Blues Official Site where Oshie discusses the Calgary game plus the recent trades. Well worth a watch.



February 28, 2011

Ty Conklin has cleared waivers.  Looks like the Blues have a decision to make between him and Ben Bishop.

UPDATE:  Blues have traded Brad Winchester to the Anaheim Ducks for a third round pick in 2012.  Ryan Reaves and Chris Porter have been called up from Peoria.

UPDATE: The Blues have announced that Phil McRae has been placed on IR – McRae suffered a knee injury in the Vancouver game.

Ty Conklin on Waivers

February 26, 2011

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According to Pierre LeBrun on Twitter, the Blues have placed goaltender Ty Conklin on waivers. We’ll know shortly after 11am St Louis time on Monday if Conklin has cleared waivers.

With this move, it appears that Jaroslav Halak should be coming off IR and will be ready to play. The Blues look as though they will now keep Ben Bishop as Jaro’s backup for the rest of the season. Bishop deserves it with his excellent 39 save shutout against the Oilers last night. The tandem of Halak and Bishop could well be in force next season as well.

Jaro on IR – Bishop recalled

February 17, 2011

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Jaroslav Halak has been placed on 7 day Injured Reserve retroactive to Monday. Halak injured his hand in practice on Wednesday. According to Darren Pang on twitter, it’s Halak’s right, blocker hand that is the problem. Pang also says that Halak has been battling this injury for a while and that explains why he has been “dropping his stick with a lot of traffic in front”. It’s been difficult for Jaro to control his stick.

Ben Bishop has been recalled from Peoria and, whilst this isn’t great timing – with the Blues about to go on a 7 games in 10 days stretch, at least the Blues will be able to see if Bishop is NHL ready. With Ty Conklin a free agent after this season, Bishop is the likely candidate to be Jaro’s backup next season.

Goalie news…

February 7, 2011

Ty Conklin made 36 saves in the Blues overtime loss at Tampa Bay – and when the Lightning scored with 6 seconds of overtime left…well, as the above video shows, Conks was not a happy bunny. Good for him – nice to see a bit of passion from time to time.

Jaroslav Halak has recovered from his upper body injury and is now good to go – as such, Ben Bishop has been reassigned to Peoria.

Andy Strickland has stated at True Hockey.com that the Red Wings may have interest in Conklin. It will be intriguing to see if this develops. If the Blues DO trade Conklin and then make the playoffs, we’ll see Ben Bishop being Halak’s backup.


February 4, 2011

Jaroslav Halak will not play tonight against Edmonton.

Halak is now listed as “day to day” with the ubiquitous “upper body injury” – which is rumoured to be a hand injury.

Ty Conklin will get the start tonight and Ben Bishop has been called up from Peoria.

More news as it’s announced.

Record Breaking Blues…

November 8, 2010

BOSTON - NOVEMBER 06: Jaroslav Halak  of the St. Louis Blues celebrates the win with teammates Cam Janssen  and Alexander Steen  after the shootout against the Boston Bruins on November 6, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blues defeated the Bruins 2-1 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A great start to the season for the Blues and a number of “firsts” being registered by the team:

  • Ty Conklin saved 27 shots last night to give the Blues their first ever shutout against the New York Rangers.
  • The Blues now have 4 shutouts over 12 games.  Halak has 3 and Conklin has 1 – a new team record.
  • The Blues are currently on a 7 game winning streak.  The previous highest win streak was 9 games in 2002.
  • The Blues start of 9-1-2 is a franchise record over 12 games.
  • Brad Boyes currently leads the NHL in shootout goals.

Other highlights include:

  • Alex Pietrangelo’s first multipoint game with two assists against San Jose.
  • Vladimir Sobotka scored his first goal as a Blue – against his former team, Boston Bruins.
  • Jaroslav Halak has twice been named an NHL Star of the Week and currently has won 8 out of 10 games played with a .944 SV% and 1.46 GAA.  He is currently 1st in number of wins and number of shutouts (tied with Tim Thomas).

Blues Official Site