The Blues ended the regular season as the No.2 seed in the West after winning the Central Division. Pounding their way past San Jose in five games in the first round of the playoffs, they then ran into a L.A. Kings juggernaut in the conference semifinals.
By: David Schwab
was a quiet week in St. Louis as far as any major player personnel moves, but
Blues’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong did announce
a few personnel changes in the team’s front office. Dave Taylor will assume the
role of Vice President of Hockey Operations and Al Macinnis was named as Senior
Advisor to the General Manager. For the past two seasons, Taylor served as the
club’s Director of Player Personnel, which is a role he previously held with
the Dallas Stars. Macinnis was the previous VP of Hockey Operations since 2006,
but is best known for his Hall of Fame playing career that spanned 23 years
with both St. Louis and Calgary.
Oshie On Board
By: David Schwab
Bovada has opened the Blues at 16/1 to win next season’s Stanley Cup title, making them the fifth-favorite in the West behind Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit.
Blues and Oshie avoid arbitration
On the eve
of what would have been an arbitration hearing between St. Louis and one of its
top scorers, forward T.J. Oshie, the two sides came together on a new five-year
contract that is worth a reported average of $4.175 million a year. The
restricted free agent filed for arbitration several weeks ago after both sides
could not come to terms on a new deal, but when push came to shove, General
Manager Doug Armstrong stepped up to keep the 25-year old in St. Louis for the
appeared in 80 games during the regular season and tallied 19 goals and 35
assists to tie team captain David Backes for the team lead in scoring with 54
points. In his first four years in the NHL (all with the Blues), he has recorded
63 goals and 112 assists. Oshie averaged 19:31 minutes of ice time this past
season, which was second-most among all the Blues’ forwards.
Porter, Pelusa, and Sonne all ink new
In an effort
to keep last year’s highly productive roster as intact as possible and to keep building for the future, St. Louis came to terms with forwards Chris
Porter, Anthony Peluso, and Brett Sonne on a one-year deal. Porter skated in 47
games last season for the Blues and had four goals and three assists. Peluso
spent much of the season for St. Louis’ AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen and
scored four goals and five assists while leading the team in penalty minutes.
Sonne played in 70 games for the Rivermen in 2011/2012 and posted eight goals
and nine assists.
Perron signs a 4-year deal to remain
in St. Louis
offseason signing by the Blues was restricted free-agent David Perron. The up
and coming 24-year old forward has had some health issues in the past, but GM
Armstrong is more than confident that he is well worth the risk. The result is
a new 4-year deal that will keep Perron with the team through the 2015-2016
Last year, he only appeared in 57 regular season
, but scored 21 goals and added 21 assists. Five of the goals were on the
power play and Perron set a personal best by scoring four game-winning goals as