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Ryan Reaves Is Not Pleased With His Skin Tone in ‘NHL 14′

NHL 15 is set to hit stores in a few weeks, but you probably won’t find St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves waiting in line to buy it unless the EA Sports team has made some significant changes to his player model. Reaves took to Twitter this week to point out a glaring inaccuracy with his representation in NHL 14:
Somebody’s f*!?in’ up pic.twitter.com/3VhkmvkMCh
— Ryan Reaves (@rreaves75) August 25, 2014

Yeah, I’d probably be mad too if I were Reaves. The graphics & player models in NHL games have been highly criticized by sports gamers over the past few years because of how generic, inaccurate, and lazy they’ve been, and Reaves’ character is just another (pretty extreme) example of that.
NHL is promising improved visuals and player models for NHL 15 so we’ll have to wait and see if Reaves is happier with his character this year.
[Puck Daddy]
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Blues Happy To Have Paul Stastny

from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

“You don’t see him really doing the flashy things or anything like that, but playing with him at the [Winter] Olympics, he makes every part of the game so much easier on his linemates,” forward T.J. Oshie said of Stastny. “… He makes the game easier, he makes it more simple and everything’s more clear on the ice.”

General manager Doug Armstrong got the blessing from team leaders, including captain David Backes and alternate Alexander Steen, to go out and acquire a top-notch player regardless of the cost. If Stastny, who is the highest-paid player on the team, can push the Blues over the edge, then the investment will be more than worth it.

“I think it’s a respect for an older, veteran player in ‘Steener’ and myself knowing that the free-agent market was one where you were going to have to pay a premium for a great player,” said Backes, who played with Stastny on the United States team at th…

St. Louis Blues Unveil New Uniforms, Bring Back Classic Look (Photos)

The St. Louis Blues made a massive upgrade in the uniform department Monday, ditching the much-maligned Reebok Edge template for a cleaner, more traditional look.
PHOTOS: The new jerseys bring back a more traditional look. >>> bit.ly/1vgB60a #stlblues http://t.co/2ornTrcfdq— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) August 25, 2014
Mo’ Better Blues (via @StLouisBlues) http://t.co/LTF7uZPWC9— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) August 26, 2014
The new uniforms eliminate the excessive piping and gimmicks of the Blues’ previous set in favor of a look similar to what the team wore from 1998 to 2007. St. Louis’ navy blue third jerseys will remain unchanged.
Monday’s unveiling ceremony also gave Blues fans a first look at newcomer Paul Stastny in blue and gold. The U.S. Olympian signed as a free agent over the summer after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Colorado Avalanche.
PHOTOS: Stastny & the captains come home & a new jersey is unveiled in one epic night @BPV…

Ryan Reaves isn’t happy with his skin tone in EA’s NHL series

Have you ever noticed how Ryan Reaves looks a little bit … off in EA’s NHL line of video games? It turns out that Reaves has noticed too.
Somebody’s f*!?in’ up pic.twitter.com/3VhkmvkMCh
— Ryan Reaves (@rreaves75) August 25, 2014

Previously, Chris Stewart suffered the same fate. Is it really that hard for EA to get skin tone at least kind of accurate? Apparently it is, as Reaves, Stewart and other players have looked nothing like themselves in EA’s line of games.
(H/T Puck Daddy)

Photo: New St. Louis Blues home and away jerseys revealed

About one month ago, the new St. Louis Blues uniform concept was leaked. Now, the home and away jerseys for the 2014-15 NHL season have been officially revealed. Video here.

Blues go for more traditional look with new jerseys

What’s old is new again for the St. Louis Blues, as the team unveiled their new jerseys on Monday night in St. Louis. 
According to the Blues’ team website, the new sweaters “reflect a modernized version of the classic look worn by the team from 1998-2007.” The Blue Note? The Blue Note will not be touched, as it symbolizes “the club’s pride in one of the greatest logos in all of sports.”
The players are excited to rock the new threads. 
“It’s going to be exciting to bring a fresh look to the team,” TJ Oshie told stlblues.com “Any jersey with a Blue Note on it my teammates and I are proud to wear, and this one is pretty sharp.”
Check out more shots of the new jerseys by clicking here. 
 

St. Louis Blues unveil new uniforms

The new uniforms are here! The alternates that everyone knows and loves will remain in place, but the Blues will have new home and road uniforms.
It’s official! @STLouisBlues #stlblues pic.twitter.com/1qE8ERsqhE
— Icethetics (@icethetics) August 25, 2014

Here’s the video unveiling the uniforms:

By comparison, here’s the old road uniform:

… and the old home uniform:

It looks like the infamous piping is finally gone and that the Blues went for a cleaner, simpler look. People will complain that the team did too much or not enough, but I’m a fan of the changes.

St. Louis Blues Unveil Awesome New Uniforms

The St. Louis Blues decided to go back to their old jersey-style from the early 2000s with this new design and they look fantastic. Going back to a lighter blue as their primary color was a great idea. [@Chris_Degroat]
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Western Conference contenders face questions in net

There really isn’t any disputing the fact that the Western Conference is the better of the two sides in the National Hockey League. It’s been responsible for four of the last five champions (even if those were just two different teams) and has 11 or 12 teams that could certainly be in the mix for a playoff spot. Looking up and down the conference, there are some teams that look primed to make a deep run, outside of the obvious Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.
However, while teams like the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks might be favorites to do just that, and while the Minnesota Wild look to build on their recent success and make a legitimate run in the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their success is far from a guarantee, even with quality rosters. Each of that trio of team faces significant questions between the pipes.
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The Blues’ questions in net come as no surprise to anyone. They sent Jaroslav Halak away during the regular season in hopes that Ryan Mille…

Keith Tkachuk Expects A Motivated Blues Team

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

“I think everyone in the organization was disappointed, fans clearly were, when we were up two games to none [and lost],” Tkachuk told ESPN.com in a recent phone interview. “The young guys, I think it will be beneficial to them to be a little aggravated, to see them knocked off by Chicago, which is a good rivalry here in town.

“I think you’ll see a lot of angry guys, pissed-off guys [in camp].”

Those young guys are the key to the Blues’ future and remain a bright spot for a team that has gone into recent postseasons as one of the elite squads out West and then run into some of the most fearsome opponents. 

more from Tkachuk on the Blues…

Questions Remain For The St. Louis Blues

from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

Can the Blues compete for the Cup with their revamped goaltending? — The Blues allowed Ryan Miller to leave via free agency and will confidently turn to veteran Brian Elliott and rookie Jake Allen, who has 15 games of NHL experience under his belt.

The Blues feel like Elliott, who signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract, earned the right to go into the season as the No. 1.

“[Ellliott's] watched two other guys [Miller and Jaroslav Halak] get the ball,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Now he feels like it’s his turn. There’s still going to be competition, but I think Brian’s going to start as the incumbent based on experience and all the work he’s put in.”

Will the additional depth at center pay off? — Adding Stastny, Jori Lehtera, Peter Mueller and Joakim Lindstrom to a group that includes David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott and Maxim Lapierre gives the Blues strong reinforcement despite losing…

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues With The St. Louis Blues

The Ice Bucket Challenge benefiting ALS has been making it’s way through hockey for the last few weeks and the St. Louis Blues front office staff has decided to get in on the action. Watch as the Blues staff takes on the ice bucket challenge for a great cause!

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Backes and Pietrangelo are top-50 players in EA’s NHL 15

EA has been slowly revealing their player ratings for NHL 15 over the last couple of weeks. To date, there hasn’t been much to get excited about for Blues fans. That changed when EA unveiled their top-50 player, based on ratings, for the game which comes out in September. David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo cracked the top-50 list, checking in at 38th and 31st, respectively.
Backes received an 89 rating in the upcoming video game while Pietrangelo did one better with a 90. All things considered, it’s pretty impressive to see two Blues forwards in the top-50. It’s a bit surprising to see that Paul Stastny missed the cut considering most would favor his offensive upside over Backes, but that’s how the virtual ratings panned out.
Via EA, here are the player cards for Backes and Pietrangelo:

Jake Allen is excited to learn from Brian Elliott

Jake Allen will finally have his chance to prove himself at the NHL level in 2014-15. Barring any major surprises, he’ll start the year as the secondary option behind Brian Elliott. Though he made a brief cameo in 2012-13, Allen will find himself in a regular role for the first time this season.
While some goaltenders might be frustrated to be in the backup role to start the year, Allen is thrilled. At 23, his career is taking a big step forward and he couldn’t be more excited. Specifically, he’s eager to learn from the man who is expected to be the starting netminder for the Blues this season.
Here’s what Allen told CBC.ca:
“I know going into the season that it’s me and Brian Elliott, a great goalie I respect, I admire, and I’ve learned a lot from in the past few years.
So I’m looking forward to just going there, and compete for some starts and hopefully learn some more from him.”
That’s the exact attitude you want to see in a young goaltender.

A couple of updates on Jaden Schwartz

Some Blues fans are a little bit concerned that Jaden Schwartz still doesn’t have a new contract. Rest assured, Blues fans. A couple of reports from Jeremy Rutherford’s chat with fans may put your mind at ease.
When asked for an update on Schwartz, Rutherford responded:
“I have heard nothing new recently. Doug Armstrong is vacationing as we speak. I would think mid-August is a logical timeframe for something to be done.”
When asked if fans should be worried that Schwartz still doesn’t have a deal:
“I wouldn’t be worried. As we’ve heard countless times, the NHL is a league that responds to deadlines and there is no deadline standing in front of the two sides at this moment.”
It sounds like everyone needs to be patient and a deal will eventually be signed. It’s not unreasonable that Blues fans are worried following the disappointing Vladimir Sobotka situation, but it’s safe to say fans will see Schwartz with the club in 2014-15.