PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues in action against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on December 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Blues should plan to start 2016-17 without Alexander Steen

Alexander Steen’s shoulder injury adds a new wrinkle when it comes to planning for the 2016-17 season. Kept a secret even after the playoffs ended, Steen’s injury required surgery and will keep him out approximately four to six months. Using some simple math, an optimistic return might be at the beginning of October while a […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 9: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues keeps the puck in the Dallas Stars zone in Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on May 9, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Report: Alexander Steen played through a severe shoulder injury

It’s always fascinating to learn about all of the injuries a team played through during the playoffs. The Blues had some injuries, but nothing too severe or noteworthy emerged during the exit interviews outside of a thumb injury to Scottie Upshall. However, a new report suggests that Alexander Steen played through a pretty severe shoulder injury. Nothing […]

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 15:  Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues skates in Game One of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 15, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tarasenko’s comments prove the media made a lot out of nothing

Vladimir Tarasenko wasn’t great against the San Jose Sharks. Following the team’s loss, Tarasenko elected to avoid speaking to the media. On cue, the media pounced and tried to speculate about serious issues between Tarasenko and the Blues. The narrative seemed a bit nonsensical and was an extreme take on a player who was by far […]

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 15:  Head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues looks on during the first period against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 15, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Report: Blues to give Ken Hitchcock new one-year deal

The Blues didn’t wait long to figure out their coaching situation as they will reportedly give Ken Hitchcock a new one-year contract. Hitchcock, who has stated he is comfortable taking short-term contracts, will return to the Blues after a tough third-round playoff exit in 2015-16. This announcement will be divisive. Andy McDonald isn’t a fan. Recently, I held […]

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 25:  Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 25, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Talking about hockey coverage this summer

The loss to the San Jose Sharks still stings. As the Sharks prepare to battle for the Stanley Cup for the first time in their team’s history, the Blues are taking vacations and Blues fans are finding new topics to discuss. The media in St. Louis is already trying to fill their time by fabricating some […]

in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 17, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Poll: Would you like to see Ken Hitchcock return to coach the Blues?

The dust is still settling on the Blues’ third-round playoff exit, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead and planning for the 2016-17 season. The Blues have a ton of questions to address and one of the most significant ones involves head coach Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock is coming off of a one-year deal […]

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Video: Does David Backes’ interview reveal anything about his future?

Will David Backes be back with the Blues next season? That remains to be seen, but his interview following the team’s playoff exit was loaded with the type of emotion you’d expect to see from a player who realizes change is coming. Powerful stuff, but at the same time you wish that kind of emotion would […]

in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 25, 2016 in San Jose, California.

Goodnight 2015-16 St. Louis Blues

These posts are never easy even though I’ve had plenty of practice writing them over the years. It’s time to say goodbye to the 2015-16 St. Louis Blues. This year is even more difficult because the Blues came within two wins of a trip to play for the Stanley Cup. That notion alone is difficult […]

in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 21, 2016 in San Jose, California.

Something has to be wrong with Vladimir Tarasenko, right?

Missing: Vladimir Tarasenko. If found, please put on a plane headed for San Jose in time for Wednesday’s Game 6 matchup between the Blues and Sharks. Before going any further in this article, it’s important to make one point very clear. Tarasenko isn’t the only reason the Blues are on the brink of elimination. It […]

in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 23, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Blues let a winnable Game 5 slip through their fingers

Game 5 was a winnable game for the St. Louis Blues and they let it slip away. In a series in which the San Jose Sharks have received big games from their stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk  and others went missing. Need a summary? Watch what happened when the Blues pulled their goalie. That’s Alex […]

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 21:  Kyle Brodziak #28 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates after his second goal in game four of the Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 21, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Blues find their game while Sharks goon it up in Game 4

Welcome back Blues! For the first time in the third round, the Blues played some of the hockey which made them so successful all season long. Passes were sharp. Defensive play was mostly sound. Forwards were pressuring the opposition. Special teams played a positive role. The Blues finally returned to their style of hockey and […]

in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 19, 2016 in San Jose, California.

The Blues only have themselves to blame for excuses of fatigue

After the Blues followed up a miserable Game 2 with a dreadful Game 3, lots of explanations and excuses poured out from both fans and analysts. One of those which kept appearing was the issue of fatigue. There’s some merit to the argument as visually the Blues look significantly slower than the Sharks, but the […]

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 19:  Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks scores in the third period against Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 19, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Blues are embarrassing themselves in the Conference Final

The St. Louis Blues of old took two series off but they’ve showed up in a big way in the third round against the San Jose Sharks. The competent, powerful hockey team that sent the Blackhawks and Stars home is missing. In its place is a pathetic, embarrassing club which struggles to string two passes […]

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