When I was younger I had the opportunity to skate during an intermission at a Blues game. I remember it so vividly. We had these ugly Red Robin jerseys on since they were a Blues' sponsor. Skating around on the same ice as your favorite players is one of the coolest things a kid can do.
Sydney Giacin is a Blues fan who attends St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. She has a tradition of making the trip to Ottawa whenever the Blues are in town, but this year was special.
Patrick Maroon may have been taken out of St. Louis, but you can't take St. Louis out of Pat Maroon. This could be the best time to be a St. Louis sports fan in all of history. The Blues won their franchise's first Stanley Cup, and the Cardinals are chasing a title of their own.
The boys are back, the banner is raised, and there are two questions on everyone’s mind. Can they do it again? And is Brett Hull still drunk? The answer to both of those questions is yes.
As the dust settles and reality begins to set in, a summer filled with Stanley Cup celebration comes to an official end with the start of the regular season just one day away. This year will be different, though. Everything will be so, so different.
Doug Armstrong is a wizard. It’s confirmed. His trades are absolutely wicked. Let’s take a look at his moves that formed a Stanley Cup Championship team, and the moves he’s made to repeat in 2019-20.
It was announced that the Blues came to an agreement with Carl Gunnarsson. The contract is two years with an AAV of $1.75 million. They also announced a one-year, $850,000 contract for RFA Sammy Blais. That leaves them with $14.65 million in cap space. Here’s what they should do with it.
While I haven't been writing blogs lately, I have been on the prowl for funny St. Louis Blues content for our Twitter account, @bluesbuzzblog. Here are my favorite memes and videos of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs so far.
I haven't written anything since we predicted the Blues were going to make the playoffs in December, but last night's nightmare reignited a burning hatred toward NBC that seems to circulate around this time every year. Here's why we STILL hate NHL on NBC.
Like they always say, defense wins championships. The St. Louis Blues looked like garbage for most of 2018. And one of our top defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester, looked more like Jay Slouwmeester, amirite?
Some of us have been waiting our whole lives to see it. Imagine: a Blues win at the Enterprise Center and their captain, Alex Pietrangelo, hoists Lord Stanley’s Cup. After 52 years of pain for Blues fans, will this year be the year? After seeing the Blues go from worst in the league to one of the hottest teams in the NHL this season, what more could be said about their journey? I’d like to take an in depth look at what the Blues have lying ahead of them come April. Most of us agree that the current playoff system is flawed. We must play out of our division to get to the Western Conference Finals instead of a true seeding system. If we we were in a true seeding system, we would currently be matched against the Winnipeg Jets. Personally, I’d much rather play the Predators in the first round instead of the Jets. This is one of the first years that the playoff system has actually worked in the Blues favor because of the newly found strength in the Pacific.
Look, as somebody who interviewed Allen for three years, I'm qualified to talk about the Blues' current goalie situation. The Snake isn't our starter, and that's OK...
On January 3rd the St. Louis Blues were dead last in the NHL with a record of 15-17-4. Their goal differential was an abysmal -23 and their hopes at sneaking into a playoff spot looked as bleak as it gets. But here we are only 42 days later and St. Louis has leapfrogged eight teams, jumped in the top wildcard spot, and sit only two points behind Dallas for third in the Central. Here’s how they did it:
It’s no secret Ryan O’Reilly has been the team’s MVP through the first half of the season. The 27 year-old all-star leads the team in goals (18), assists (32), and points (50). But just how impressive and impactful has he been?
We all expected the Blues to come into this season and be Cup contenders. So far, they haven’t even come close to what our summer expectations were. They sit in 12th place in the Western Conference.
Vladimir Tarasenko, superstar of the Blues, has 10 goals and 21 points through the team’s first 32 games, good for second in points and third in goals among St. Louis skaters. His production is down from recent years, as he’s on pace for only about 54 points and 25 goals, which would be his first season in the last five without reaching the 30 goal plateau. Only 10 of these points have come at 5v5, making Vladdy’s production even more grim. Trading Tarasenko would be a huge mistake. Here's why.
Tyler Bozak wanted to sign a long-term deal this offseason. Doug Armstrong is knowingly overpaying him at a shorter term. Here's what you should expect from him.
Two years ago I wrote an article about whether Vladimir Tarasenko was on track to becoming one of the greatest Blues in history or not. To be honest, it’s still pretty early to give a definitive answer to this question, but it’s the perfect time to review his progression.
Every Blues fan has their own take on Jake Allen. Newly-signed backup Chad Johnson has a solid backup resume (including more consistent success in large roles than ex-Blue Carter Hutton). However, neither of these netminders elevate the team to the level that the forward core and top defensemen are ready to reach. Which leads me to this: the case for Ville Husso to start at least 25 games in 2018-19.
I've never felt this confident in a team that I've never seen play. Apparently Doug Armstrong has been studying wizardry in his free time because the moves he made this off-season were nothing short of wicked.
Frustration can be a great fuel for motivation. Last season's exciting start gave Blues fans high expectations, but a combination of inconsistent play and lack of heart seemed to erase whatever momentum the team began.
Blues hockey has been over for a couple months and I still can’t get over Brayden Schenn’s season. Even if he didn’t lead the team in points (which he did), at least the Blues weren’t paying Jori Lehtera $4.7 million to be outscored by Scottie Upshall and Kyle Brodziak.
Predicting how the St. Louis Blues will play is undoubtedly one of the hardest tasks. Throughout the season we've seen slumps and streaks followed by streaks then slumps. The Blues are 9-1-1 this month with a current winning streak of six games. With six games remaining in the season, here are Peter Hempstead's (@petehempstead) game-by-game predictions followed by a few general predictions.
Hockey is back. Early injuries began to scrape optimism from fans, but the Blues are off to a great start. Here are Blues Buzz’s season predictions