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Best remedy for ailing Blues is to keep winning

A successful eight-year tenure with the Colorado Avalanche helped Paul Stastny earn a hefty contract with the St. Louis Blues.
While there’s a possibility Stastny could come off injured reserve to face his former team for the first time, it’s also uncertain whether two key teammates will be available as the Blues try for a fourth straight victory Saturday night against the visiting Avalanche.
During his time with Colorado, Stastny recorded 160 goals, had 298 assists and helped the Avalanche win their first division title in 10 seasons in 2013-14. Two months after Colorado was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, Stastny signed a four-year, $28 million deal with St. Louis.
“His first choice was to be in Colorado,” Stastny’s agent, Matt Keator, told the NHL’s official website in July. “Colorado was great to deal with, but we just couldn’t match up on a deal that made sense for both sides.
“When we turned our attention to the open marke…

Around the NHL: Banged up Blues, Moore suspension, Gordie

 
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As if losing prized free agent Paul Stasny to a shoulder injury wasn’t enough, the St. Louis Blues found out two more of their top forwards will be joining him on the injury report. Capatain David Backes and T.J Oshie both suffered concussions in Tuesday’s game against the Stars.
Backes played a shade right around four four minutes when he collided with Trevor Daly.  As the two collided, Backes got turned around and smacked his head on the ice.  He was taken back to the room and did not return.  There is no timetable as of yet for his return.
Oshie also suffered a concussion that night as his head came in contact with the goal post.  The shootout wizard was hit from behind in the crease. He was evaluated but returned to play over 20 minutes of game time only to be shut down afterwards.
The New York Rangers will be without defensemen John Moore for five games.  Moore was suspended by the leagues department of player safety for a hit …

Blues Injury Update: Backes and Oshie out indefinitely with concussions

Bad news for the St. Louis Blues this morning. The team has confirmed that both forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie have been diagnosed with concussions and are now out indefinitely, as reported by Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.#185335441 / gettyimages.com”Backes is concussed, out … Oshie is concussed, out,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We’re not sure whether it’s the bacterial (infection).”Through eight games played this season, Backes has two goals and three assists. Last season, he finished with 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games.Oshie is having a slower start to the season. He has only one assist through eight games. He finished the 2013-14 season with 21 goals and 39 assists in 79 games.Both Backes and Oshie were injured in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars. Backes’ head hit the ice after a hit by the Stars’ Trevor Daley with 4:49 le…

Blues Injury Update: David Backes Leaves Game with Upper Body Injury

Late in the first period of a 4-3 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, David Backes was hit by Trevor Daley and crashed to the ice, hitting his head on the ice in the as a result of the collision. David Backes left the ice after this fall and did not return to the game. According to Ryan Dadoun from Pro Hockey Talk  Backes is being evaluated today. Currently the Blues are calling the injury an upper-body injury. The next update on Backes condition could be released late Wednesday evening or at morning skate on Thursday. David Backes, one of the Blues’ more durable players the last seven years, currently has two goals and three assists in eight games this season. Backes is also team captain and played his entire career with St. Louis. The Blues are currently 4-3-1 and in the midst of a two game winning streak. St. Louis plays against Anaheim at home on Thursday. Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our email list for daily injury updates!Email Address Follow @sprtsinjrya…

Ex-Star Ott surprised, touched by video tribute

DALLAS – Many fans and opposing players for that matter around the National Hockey League might not think much of Steve Ott, but during his long run with the Dallas Stars, No. 29 or “Otter” as he was known was a huge fan favorite.
The reasons for his immense appeal are not hard to pin down. For one, Ott was a homegrown guy, someone the Stars drafted and developed. Two, he was someone who was never afraid to drop the gloves, chirp at an opponent or do whatever else it took to get under their skin. And three, Ott was a guy who always fought for the name on the front of his jersey, which won him instant cred with the passionate Stars fanbase.
Last season, the Stars honored ex-captain Brenden Morrow, who was then with the St. Louis Blues, with a great video tribute that even got No. 10 a bit choked up on the St. Louis bench during a Blues visit back to Big D.
And on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, with the Blues again visiting, they did the same for No. 29, playing …

Video: David Backes injured against Dallas

David Backes was forced to leave the game against Dallas after a nasty collision away from the puck. No one wants to use the dreaded concussion label, but it looks like it’s a possibility.

Win over Blackhawks gives Blues something positive to build on

For the first time since Paul Stastny went down with an injury, coach Ken Hitchcock has reason to believe the St. Louis Blues can succeed without him.
After snapping its skid, St. Louis hits the road looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Stastny, who signed a long-term deal with his hometown team in the offseason, is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and there’s no timetable for his return. The Blues (3-3-1) were outscored 7-1 in their first two games without him before beating Chicago 3-2 at home Saturday.
Jaden Schwartz scored his team-best fifth goal in the first period while Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin — who was making his season debut — added goals in the final two minutes of the second.
“We took some steps (Saturday) that look a little like our team, look like the way we can play,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve got something to build on now. We’ve got a foundation that we can draw information from that …

PROSPECT UPDATE: Steve Fogarty Is The Best NYR Prospect You Know Nothing About

In 2011 the Rangers used a third-round pick acquired from the St. Louis Blues and selected Steve Fogarty, a higher schooler from Minnesota. Fogarty was an incredibly raw prospect that Gordie Clark acknowledged from the beginning was a project and faced a long development path. Fogarty has spent the last two seasons at Notre Dame going through “hockey puberty,” if you will. It’s been a significant adjustment for him, and it reflected in his stats; only eight goals and 13 assists in 74 games as an underclassman. It makes sense, given that, how he was completely off the radar. Still, the signs of development were there. He was Notre Dame’s go-to center in the defensive zone.
But now, as a junior and captain of Notre Dame, the training wheels appear to be off. After a sophomore season of three goals and eight assists in 33 games, Fogarty has already amassed seven points (three goals, four assists) in Notre Dame’s first six games of the season. Part of that is him being employed in a mor…

VIDEO: ‘Mr. All-American’ T.J. Oshie Injures Daniel Carcillo on Dirty Hit

The St. Louis Blues are filled with jag bags such as Barret Jackman, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves; however, it was their Olympian, T.J. Oshie, who decided to torpedo his body into Daniel Carcillo’s knee during the Blues’ 3-2 victory in St. Louis.
No whistle. Are you serious?
About six minutes into the third period Carcillo was hit by Oshie and fell to the ice, grabbing at his right knee. The left wing, the same guy who worked his ass off to recover from multiple knee injuries over the past few season, has cleaned up his play tremendously having drawn more penalties than he’s taken in these first seven games.
Carcillo skated off while putting very little weight on his right leg (same knee he injured in 2013 while with the Blackhawks) and needed to be helped down the tunnel to the Blackhawks’ locker room.
“We’ll know more in the next day or so but he’s not playing (Sunday),” said Quenneville, referring to the Blackhawks’ game against the Ottawa Senators. “It could be a little bit more than (

Video: T.J. Oshie lays out Dan Carcillo with a hip check

Dan Carcillo appeared to have a pretty open lane to the St. Louis goal, but T.J. Oshie quickly closed the space and lined up to dish out a vicious hip check. You don’t see hip checks too often these days, but Oshie looks like he’s been practicing.

Previewing the week ahead in Blues tickets

Although their 2014-15 season has gotten off to a lukewarm start, it would be foolish to expect the St. Louis Blues to finish the season anywhere but among the top teams in the Western Conference. While they have been without high-profile free agent signing Paul Stastny for some time, the Blues still have ample personnel to compete in the tough Western Conference. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary market price for St. Louis Blues tickets at home this season is $122.08, and there are some tough matchups with Western Conference foes in the short-term future. Below are the upcoming week’s home games along with their secondary market prices.
10/25 vs Chicago Blackhawks | Avg. Price: $136.26 | Get-in Price: $60
On Saturday the 25th, the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks knocked the Blues out of the first round of the playoffs last spring in a tightly contested six-game series. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith each had seven points in the six…

Paul Stastny lands on the IR

The Blues have placed Paul Stastny on the IR and recalled Dmitrij Jaskin. Stastny has been labeled as week-to-week after injuring his shoulder in a game against the Arizona Coyotes.
While the move to the IR may sounds like bad news, it’s not really a surprising considering his expected return was being measured in weeks and not days. Why not stash him on the IR and get a healthy player up from the AHL? The Blues have also been battling an infection which is traveling the dressing room, so an extra available body will come in handy while Stastny recovers.

Identity Crisis in St. Louis?

The St. Louis Blues have many questions surrounding them this year. Goaltending is the hot topic, but what about the team’s identity? The blue-collar, lunch-pail work ethic isn’t going anywhere, certainly not under Coach Ken Hitchcock’s leadership. However, Hitch’s claim after game two victory over the lowly Calgary Flames that, “We just got our identity […]
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Vladimir Tarasenko heeding advice, shooting more often

Heading into 2014-15, Vladimir Tarasenko was instructed to fire the puck more. This advice was obvious coming off of a 2013-14 which saw Tarasenko score 21 goals during the regular season and another four during the playoffs. Has Tarasenko followed through?
As with any article at this stage of the season, it’s early. With that in mind, Tarasenko is heeding that advice and is firing the puck at a much higher rate. Through five games, Tarasenko is averaging 4.8 shots per game and is 9th in the NHL with 24 total shots. That’s a drastic change over his average of 2.12 shots per game he maintained last year.
Summarized, good things happen when Tarasenko has the puck. Better things happen when he shoots the puck. The Blues have urged Tarasenko to be more selfish and so far he has done exactly that. He only has one goal so far this season, but that total should rise in a hurry if he maintains this rate.

Blues Injury Update: Paul Stastny leaves game with upper-body injury

St.Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny left Saturday night’s game in the opening minute and did not return, as confirmed by the team’s official Twitter account. The injury occurred when Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzel hit Stastny along the boards. He finished with 31 seconds played.#457340058 / gettyimages.comStastny, who signed a four-year deal with the Blues during the summer, played in all three of the team’s games prior to Saturday night. He has one goal and three assists, and a plus-1 plus/minus record. He was averaging over 17 minutes per game.Last season, the 28-year-old played in 71 games for the Colorado Avalanche. He scored 25 goals and added 35 assists.The Blues have big expectations for Stastny after giving him a big contract during the offseason. He’s expected to be a big piece of the offensive puzzle. Should he be forced to miss some time, it would be a huge loss for the Blues. They have a 1-1-1 record to start the season.Like what you’re readin…