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Arrival of Jori Lehtera provides Blues with valuable depth at center

Paul Stastny may have gotten most of the attention this offseason as the sure thing to improve the Blues’ depth at center, but Jori Lehtera will be the group’s most intriguing X-factor.

His long-awaited NHL debut brings plenty of promise, considering all the success the 26-year-old from Finland had in the KHL the last four seasons. Lehtera had 44 points in 48 games a year ago, but he knows there will be something of an adjustment period.

“Of course, the rink is a little bit smaller here so there’s not that much time with the puck,” Lehtera says. “So you have to make your decisions much faster.”

That should come with experience, and there’s little doubt Lehtera has the technical ability to make the leap. He’ll also be a good fit for the team’s defensive style.

The Blues made an offer to sign their restricted free agent a year ago, and Lehtera turned them down. But by January, he says, he already knew he’d made a mistake.

Then in Fe…

Blues invite Paul Bissonette to camp

Here’s a puzzling one. The St. Louis Blues have invited Paul Bissonette to training camp on a tryout. The tough forward was reportedly weighing his options between teams and as many as “five to six” teams were supposedly interested in him back in August. That brings us to the question – Why did the Blues, a team that’s loaded with forward depth, invite Biz to camp?
Biz is probably more well known for his social media account than his play on the ice. That’s not to say he’s a bad player (his fancy stats are actually better than the stereotypical enforcer image he carries), but his Twitter account has had some real gems. Maybe the Blues are looking to move Biz into a social media role? Aside from that, this tryout doesn’t make much sense.
You can make the argument that Biz may be capable of playing on the third line, but that doesn’t change the fact the Blues have a ton of names competing for a handful of spots on the team’s third and fourth line. It’s doubtful Biz is interested in an…

Arrival of Jori Lehtera provides Blues with valuable depth at center

ST. LOUIS — Paul Stastny may have gotten most of the attention this offseason as the sure thing to improve the Blues’ depth at center, but Jori Lehtera will be the group’s most intriguing X-factor.
His long-awaited NHL debut brings plenty of promise, considering all the success the 26-year-old from Finland had in the KHL the last four seasons. Lehtera had 44 points in 48 games a year ago, but he knows there will be something of an adjustment period.
“Of course the rink is a little bit smaller here so there’s not that much time with the puck,” Lehtera says. “So you have to make your decisions much faster.”
That should come with experience, and there’s little doubt Lehtera has the technical ability to make the leap. He’ll also bring a good fit for the team’s defensive style.
The Blues made an offer to sign their restricted free agent a year ago, and Lehtera turned them down. But by January, he says, he already knew he’d made a mistake.

Paul Bissonnette Will Attend The Camp Of The St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS – The Blues have invited unrestricted free agent forward Paul Bissonnette to a tryout at training camp.

Bissonnette, 29, has played in 202 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 15 assists (22 points). He has a plus-7 rating and 340 career penalty minutes.

Bissonnette spent the past five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season.

Jori Lehtera is a fan of St. Louis grocery stores

As fans dissect Jori Lehtera’s skill on the ice and eagerly try to predict what he will bring to the table for the St. Louis Blues, the Finnish forward is quietly adjusting to life in St. Louis. In an interview seen on the team’s website, Lehtera revealed what he’s enjoying about in St. Louis as well as one other interesting piece of information.
In regards to St. Louis grocery stores:
Lehtera arrived in town on Tuesday, so he’s only been here a few days. When he was asked about his early impressions of St. Louis, he said “I think everything here is great. I didn’t know it was going to be this good. Even when I go to the grocery store it’s unbelievable. Everything is fresh!”
Who would have guessed that our grocery stores would be such a focal point. Obviously they weren’t enough to keep Vladimir Sobotka in town, but maybe we can convince a few other talented KHL skaters to make the jump. Fresh fruit and vegetables for all!
The Q&A also revealed that Lehtera’s favorite movie is D…

Video- Paul Stastny After His First Skate With The Blues

Paul Stastny talks after his first infomal skate with the St. Louis Blues…

 

Allen settles in with Blues

In addition to goaltending, the Blues’ Jake Allen and Brian Elliott share another passion. They are both avid fishermen.
A week ago, after working on the ice together at a camp in Madison, Wis., Allen and Elliott set out for an afternoon of casting on the lake. Then on Sunday, after arriving in St. Louis, Elliott took Allen to see his first live NFL game, between the Rams and Vikings, and afterward the two ended the day back on the water.

“He’s very good at bass fishing,” Allen said. “We don’t have as much (bass) where I am from (in Fredericton, New Brunswick). You sort of have to search high and low to find a bass. We have more trout at home, being closer to the ocean, and some salmon.

“But when I get to fish for bass, it’s awesome. I think it’s the most fun fish to catch. They fight, they give you a challenge, they hop out of the water. ‘Ells’ knows his way around the bass pretty well, so it’s good to follow him. Perfect day, caught a lot of fish.”

The Blues have already tabbed

A quick fit for Stastny could signal a strong start for Blues

ST. LOUIS — Expectations are as high as ever for the Blues heading into the start of training camp next Thursday.
If coming up six points short of the Presidents’ Trophy despite a miserable finish in 2013-14 wasn’t enough, St. Louis clearly established itself as a Stanley Cup contender with some key signings this offseason. But that doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing when the Blues open at home against the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, so here are three things that could determine just how ready St. Louis is to compete with the NHL’s best.
FINDING STASTNY’S SPOT
No offseason signing made a bigger splash than that of Paul Stastny, an experienced veteran who immediately improves the Blues’ depth at center.
He posted 25 goals and 35 assists last season for Colorado, his highest totals in the last four seasons for both categories. The 28-year-old scored or assisted on half of the Avalanche’s 20 goals in the playoffs, even though they lost to Minnesota in seven g…

Jaden Schwartz Still Unsigned In St. Louis

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, 22, is a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level deal and remains unsigned.

Because Schwartz has played only two NHL seasons (which includes the lockout-shortened year) and doesn’t have arbitration rights, obviously there’s only so much he can ask for.

While neither side in the negotiation wanted to comment on what’s transpiring, I’m guessing given that Ondrej Palat got three years with an average cap hit of $3.33 million with the Tampa Bay Lightning, that’s a comparable on some level, especially since Palat only had one NHL season under his belt.

Because it’s believed both the Blues and agent Wade Arnott of Newport Sports are focusing on a two-year, bridge deal for Schwartz, I’d shave off a bit of money on the shorter-term deal. Could $2.5 million or $2.75 million a year make it work? My guess is Newport would want as close to $3 million as possible and the Blues are like…

T.J. Oshie pulling for the NHL to expand in Seattle

NHL expansion has been a hot topic for several weeks. Just about everyone has weighed in on the situation, but what do some of the game’s biggest stars think? P.K. Subban offered up his very unique Houston/Beyonce take, but T.J. Oshie took a more traditional stance.
TJ Oshie also pulling for Seattle to get an NHL team: “Hopefully they get the Seahawks colors because they’re pretty sweet.”
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) September 9, 2014

Seattle would be a fun market for a hockey team, but we have to question the color scheme. Though it looks great on the Seahawks and the Sounders, it’d probably be a bit too similar to the colors worn by Vancouver and possibly even San Jose.

Brian Elliott does his best Ken Hitchcock impression

What happens when Brian Elliott takes over the official Twitter account of the St. Louis Blues? Fans found out as Elliott posted updates from his workout and the end result was hilarious. The best Tweet was probably Elliott’s impression of Ken Hitchcock.
“@REED_iculous321: @KidElls1 Have you ever seen coach in this rare, magnificent form? #AskElls”
I do as coach says. pic.twitter.com/1lH6rP8MxP
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 9, 2014

In a matter of minutes, Elliott gave life to the usually dull, dry and robotic Blues Twitter account. Any chance we can have him run it all season long?

Blues reach one-year affiliate deal with Alaska Aces

You can hang onto those St. Louis Blues hats a little longer, Alaska Aces fans. 
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Aces managing partner Terry Parks announced Tuesday the two teams have agreed on a one-year deal to make the Aces the Blues’ East Coast Hockey League affiliate. 
This isn’t the first time the organizations have partnered up, as the two were tied together from 2005-12. 
The Aces joined the ECHL in 2003 and have never had a loosing season, which includes three championships. They are coached by Rob Murray and play their home games at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. 

The St. Louis Blues Reveal New Jerseys

With training camp still a few weeks away, the St. Louis Blues felt it was a good time to reveal their new jerseys that they will wear in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Is it called a jersey or a sweater? That’s an argument for another time, but the new jerseys that the Blues will be wearing are not all that new. The jerseys aren’t exactly the same as ones in the past but they are rather similar to the one that St. Louis dawned for a number of years in the 90′s and early 2000′s.
Here’s a look at the new jerseys courtesy of the St. Louis Blues Twitter Account:
PHOTOS: The new jerseys bring back a more traditional look. >>> http://t.co/qkZJ92J5dM #stlblues pic.twitter.com/2ornTrcfdq
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) August 25, 2014
You’re probably asking yourself if there’s a difference, right? There is, not much, but the jerseys are a bit different than before. Look here to see the differences. The unveiling also gave Blues fans their first opportunity to see Paul Stastny in the blue a

St Louis Blues Depth Chart 2014 2015

St Louis Blues
C 1. Paul Stastny 
2. David Backes 
3. Patrik Berglund 
4. Jori Lehtera 
5. Maxim Lapierre 
L 1. Alexander Steen 
2. Jaden Schwartz 
3. Steve Ott 
4. Joakim Lindstrom 
5. Magnus Paajarvi 
6. Peter Mueller 
R 1. T.J. Oshie 
2. Vladimir Tarasenko 
3. Chris

Lehtera finally ready to make his NHL debut

On July 1, the opening day of free agency in the NHL, the Blues made a surprise signing.

No, not Paul Stastny, perhaps the most sought-after player in the pool, whom the Blues did rein in with a four-year, $28 million contract. Stastny wasn’t necessarily a surprise, though, because the Blues’ interest was clear and the center had kept the club atop his list.

The signing that caught many off-guard was actually a player who was already property of the Blues.

Jori Lehtera, a third-round draft pick in 2008, agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, finally beginning the NHL career of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound center who projects to play on one of the Blues’ top three lines.

Lehtera, 26, a native of Helsinki, Finland, played the last four years in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, and when he spurned the Blues’ offer a year ago, there were many, including some in the organization, who wrote him off for good.

In fact, if not for a chance encounter between Lehtera and Blues general…