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He will play on a line with Stastny and Lindstrom.
First NHL teams looked at their kids. Then they gave depth guys their chance. Now coaches are locking in serious season preparation with their key players.
Blues forward will wear No. 17 to honor his late sister Mandi.
He will wear No. 17 this season in honor of his late sister, Mandi Schwartz.
First-round pick Fabbri, sixth-rounder Lindbohm have exceeded expectations to make the final 33 in camp.
It’s no secret that the St. Louis Blues cannot expect to head into 2011-12 with their current roster. Players have to be re-signed and other changes have to be made.
T.J. Oshie is still basically unsigned, while the backup goaltender role and many positions spots are currently vacant. Here are the top-5 things that need to take place in order for the Blues to be a competitive team in 2011-12:
1. Qualified RFAs have to accept offers.
It was announced on Monday that the Blues had sent qualifying offers to T.J. Oshie, Ryan Reaves and Ben Bishop. What does this mean? Oshie would make about $892,500 (a $42,500 raise), Reaves would make $588,500 next season (a $53,500 raise) and Bishop would earn around $892,500 (a $42,500 raise). While each player would receive more money if they accept these offers, it is doubtful that all three would commit to the Blues on such a miniscule raise. All three players are available to receive offer-sheets from other teams come July 1, meaning that the Blues could lose these three players if the player decides to accept the offer-sheet (if the Blues decide not to match the offer). Reaves would not be a major loss to this club, but Bishop is slated to be the next backup to Halak and Oshie is an important element to the offense. The Blues need to continue talks with these players and get a deal worked out soon.
It was a busy day for all NHL teams. The Blues did not have a first round selection (it was lost in the trade that brought Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk to the organization), but the Blues still had 8 draft picks to select.
Here is the skinny on what the Blues did during draft weekend:
32nd overall draft pick: RW Ty Rattie
41st overall draft pick: RW Dmitrij Raskin
46th overall draft pick: D Joel Edmundson
88th overall draft pick: G Jordan Binnington
Despite not having any picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues selected three young players in the second round that have very promising futures.
The Blues, who owned the 32nd, 41st and 46th picks in the second round, have stayed away from making trades in the first two rounds. Blues management has decided to use their draft picks to improve their team for the future.
Blues select Ty Rattie with the 32nd draft pick
Rattie, 5’11” 163 lbs, is a speedy right wing who has a nose for the net. Being compared to top pick Nugent-Hopkins on hockeysfuture.com, Rattie is able to find the open ice on the rink to start plays for his teammates. Rattie is known as a special-teams expert as well.
Rattie scored 12 power-play goal s last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, which was second on his team. He also ranked fourth on the team with 79 points (28-51—79).
B.J. Crombeen signs a two-year, $2 million contract extension
Another one of those restricted free-agents has officially been retained by the Blues.
B.J. Crombeen, 25, avoided free-agency by re-signing with the Blues before July 1. The contract will reportedly pay him $950,000 next season and $1.05 million the following season.
Crombeen contributed seven goals, seven assists and 154 penalty minutes in 80 games for the Blues last season. Crombeen has been with St. Louis for the better part of his career, playing in 225 games in a Blues jersey. He has played in 248 total NHL games.
Crombeen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round (54th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Denver, Colorado native played with the Iowa Stars of the AHL and then the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL before getting his first crack at the Stars’ lineup. After playing in just 23 total games spanning over two seasons, the Stars placed Crombeen on waivers on November 18, 2008. The Blues picked him up and the rest is history.
“B.J. has been a true professional for the Blues organization on and off the ice,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said after the signing. “His gritty play and leadership qualities fit in well with our mix of players.”
The memory is still fresh in our minds of the Boston Bruins skating around Rogers Arena with the Stanley Cup as hooligans in Vancouver tried to burn the city. But now our sights are set in the city where madness is welcomed; Las Vegas.
The 2010-11 NHL season definitely had its share of bright spots and this is why the NHL holds its annual awards show. But who will win? We won’t know how the NHL Players Association and Writers’ Association voted until Wednesday night. I can tell you who deserves to win, though.
Here are my 2010-11 NHL award winners: