His $2,725,000 salary will carry over to the season in which he returns to the NHL.
Acquired in last month's trade for Roman Polak, the new Blues defenseman is expected to further improve the team's transition game.
The forward will play 2014-15 in Russia. He will make $2,725,000 for the season in which he returns to the NHL.
GM Doug Armstrong is able to sign free agents Steve Ott and Chris Butler to favorable deals.
New defenseman has played six seasons in the NHL, the last three with Calgary.
Shootouts are making a difference in the game. Was that the original intent?
The shootout debate has been a crutch in NHL conversations for quite some time. The extra shots were brought in as a new way to break ties after overtime concluded just after the lockout in 2004-05. NHL executives determined that shootouts were exciting and that it will add an extra spark in regular season play.
Is that still the case?
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated recently that “70% of our fans in the United States and Canada want a decision” instead of a tie after overtime play. Despite this report, there have not been any additional statistics released to back up his words.
While the excitement may remain in the fans, it is very apparent that shootouts are happening way too often in the regular season. Certain players are very close to 60 shot attempts in the shootout. That is an average of 10 attempts per season! Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen has 59 attempts (28 goals), Brad Richards of Dallas has 58 attempts (25 goals) and Blue Jacket Rick Nash has 57 attempts (22 goals). Having that many chances means one thing; teams are getting to the shootout way too often.
Dave Checketts confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he is currently looking to sell his share, as well as TowerBrook Capital Partners’s share, of the St. Louis Blues to another buyer.
The sale would include ownership of the Scottrade Center and the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.
The financial woes of the Blues started last May, when TowerBrook Capital Partners announced that they wanted to sell their share of the Blues, which equaled approximately 70 percent of the ownership. Checketts searched far and wide for a new financial backer, but it seems that his efforts have gone to the waste side. Checketts announced that he and TowerBrook could not agree on a value of the shares. In turn, Checketts has agreed to put his shares up for sale but will still maintain control until a new owner is found. It will be more attractive to a potential buyer to have near-full ownership. Reportedly, ten percent of ownership will still belong to St. Louis businessman Tom Stillman and other minority partners.
"The bottom line is I've been unable to make a deal with them. As a result, I've got to turn from being a buyer to a seller," Checketts said in a conference call late Wednesday afternoon.
"It's not what I wanted to have happened. But I can't make a deal with [TowerBrook] and we agreed a long time ago that if we got to this spot, then I would have to take this step. And now I have to take this step."
Were you done with this guy?
As a fan, you may have been after last season. The then-21 year old Swede finished his second-NHL season with a jaw-dropping 13 goals and 13 assists in 71 games played, earning him a permanent seat in the Blues doghouse. For the last half of the season, Berglund was showcasing his skills on the fourth scoring line with the likes of Brad Winchester and B.J. Crombeen.
Berglund gave the Blues coaching staff reason to believe that he belonged in the same spot to start this season, posting just four goals and one assist in his first 13 games played. It seemed that Berglund was the only one not clicking to start the season, as in that 13 game span the Blues were an astonishing 9-2-2. After that, Berglund stepped up just when the Blues needed him the most.
On November 10, the Blues suffered their toughest loss in Columbus, getting shelled 8-1. But the biggest loss was not even on the scoreboard; then-leading point-scorer T.J. Oshie broke his ankle in the loss and would not be back until much later in the season.
It was the wake-up call that Berglund needed.
It was a quiet trade deadline for the NHL today. In recent years, fans have seen Lee Stempniak, Olli Jokinen, Brian Campbell and Marian Hossa moved in the waning minutes of the deadline. Most activity this season happened in the weeks prior to the deadline so the deals were scarce to say the least. However, it is time to take a look at what really happened today.
Number of Transactions: 16
Number of Players Dealt: 35
Number of Draft Picks Dealt: 12
Number of Teams Dealing: 22
Number of Teams Not Participating: 8
Most Transactions: Florida Panthers.
Coming in: Niclas Bergfors (ATL), Patrick Rissmiller (ATL), Jake Hauswirth (WAS), (WAS),
Sergei Samsonov (CAR), Evan Oberg (VAN), two 2011 3rd round picks (WAS, VAN)
Going out: Radek Dvorak (ATL), Dennis Wideman (WAS), Bryan Allen (CAR), Christopher Higgins
(VAN), 2011 5th round pick (ATL)
On a team with its fair share of uncertainties, one thing is for sure; the Blues goaltending is set for years to come.
Billy Joel reminds us that “the good old days weren’t always good.” This is true for the St. Louis Blues. It seems that since Curtis Joseph last manned the pipes for the Blues in the early 1990s, the Blues could not come up with an answer for a starting goalie. Grant Fuhr was and will always be a fan-favorite, but injuries plagued him for his last two seasons in a Blues jersey. We all know the Roman Turek and Brent Johnson sagas are hard for Blues fans to talk about. The goalie carousel continued after the lockout, which has seen Patrick Lalime, Curtis Sanford, Manny Legace and Chris Mason take on the starting job at different points. Remember Reinhard Divis and Jason Bacashihua were once involved in starting games too. This is all very painful for Blues fans to remember, but those dark days may be behind us.
Jaroslav Halak was brought in last summer from Montreal after a dazzling playoff-performance for the Canadiens. Halak then inked a four-year, $15 million contract. He is the clear-cut number one guy in St. Louis, posting a 19-17-6 record, 2.63 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He has had his share of questionable goals against, but he has proven time and again that he can come up with the big saves when his team really needs him to do so.
Halak is not the only promising goaltender in the Blues organization though.