sources confirm GM Larry Pleau has contacted multiple Restricted Free Agent’s he and the rest of the Blues organization are looking to lock up to multi year contracts.
One of these players is Jay McClement who will be looking for a three year deal in the neighborhood of $1.1- $1.4 million per season. After having a career year in which he was handed more responsibility the Blues should feel rather comfortable making this investment. The Blues respect the fact that McClement is one of the more professional and conditioned athletes they have in the organization. After learning from quality pros such as Dallas Drake, Ryan Johnson, and Jamal Mayers, McClement has learned how to take care of his body playing the demanding role that comes with being a quality penalty killer/shutdown player in the NHL. It’s not too much for the Blues to ask McClement to give 25-30 points a year either.
Roman Polak is another player the Blues are looking to lock up to a multi-year deal. This guy is proof that when you have time to groom your game in the AHL it only makes the adjustment to the NHL pace that much easier. Polak is an absolute beast who really impressed at the recent World Championships representing his native Czech Republic. His performance may allow him to already punch his ticket to the upcoming 2010 Olympics.
Look for the Blues to submit a qualifying offer to forward BJ Crombeen as well.
The Blues have had countless meetings over the last several weeks and have narrowed down their search for a goaltender to backup goaltender Chris Mason.
For those who are hoping Ben Bishop will compete for the backup job I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath very long. Bishop needs to play and not very often in the NHL do teams go to camp without two goaltenders already solidified. With this being said the Blues still feel Bishop has a chance to be a very good NHL goalie and without question remains in the organization's plans moving forward.
Obviously the Blues will needs to wait until July first to talk to unrestricted free agents but you can expect the Blues to show significant interest in several goaltenders including New Jersey’s Scott Clemmensen as well as Detroit’s Ty Conklin.
The Blues need a goalie that is capable of playing at least once a week, so you can figure in the range of 25 games or so. When you’re looking at potential candidates to backup Chris Mason I would highly recommend focusing on guys with above .500 records over the last few seasons.
The Blues will wisely shy away from goaltenders that don’t have a winning track record.
Several teams will be interested in Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson including Toronto and Vancouver. Expect the Blues to offer the World Championships standout a one-year entry level deal.
One player Blues fans can officially cross off the list is former Blue Hannu Toivonen who will stay in Finland where he recently signed a two year extension. The Blues continue to hold his rights but have little interest in bringing him back at this time.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Tuesday the club has given qualifying offers to B.J. Crombeen, Jonathan Filewich, Chris Holt, Roman Polak, Danny Richmond and Steve Wagner.
I really think this is a great step in the right direction, signing a proven 1B and could actually push Mason the way mason did legace last year. Also, it should give Ben Bishop the full season in the AHL for seasoning. So, we can get a better idea if Bishop will be the future savor in goal for the note. I don't know how much busier we will be this free agency, but definely great first day.Blues Sign Goaltender Ty Conklin
Jul 1, 2009, 2:59 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Wednesday the club has signed free agent goaltender Ty Conklin.
“By signing Ty, we have deepened our goaltending position,” said Davidson. “Ty had a solid year last season and along with the job Chris (Mason) did for us, we look forward to having two solid goaltenders next season.”
Conklin, 33, played in 40 games for the Detroit Red Wings last season, posting a 25-11-2 record along with a 2.51 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He recorded career-highs last season in games played (40), wins (25) and shutouts (6), which tied for sixth in the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Anchorage, Alaska native has backstopped 149 career NHL games, registering a 73-43-14 record, a 2.58 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
Conklin was originally signed by Edmonton as an undrafted free agent on April 18, 2001.
I really hope that Toivonen has refound his game, b/c this could be a huge win for the blues if he has, a player with NHL experence who not only can help bishop along down at Peoria and help groom him for the #1 in st. louis, but also a little insurance for the big club if a third goalie is needed while letting Bishop continue to play at Peoria. all while giving him a chance to show everyone he's back and is ready to play at the NHL level.The Blues have signed goaltender Hannu Toivonen to a 1 year two way NHL contract for this upcoming season. Toivonen, who re-discovered his game in Finland last season, will team with Ben Bishop in Peoria.
Two months before the Blues are scheduled to open training camp, defenseman Roman Polak remains the team's only player without a contract for the 2009-10 season.
The Blues and Polak's agent, Alan Walsh, have been discussing a contract extension for more than four months but have yet to reach an agreement. Polak, 23, is a restricted free agent, meaning the Blues have control of his rights if the two sides are unable to negotiate a contract extension.
The only deadline in play is Dec. 1, which is when Polak would have to re-sign or be ineligible to play in 2009-10. But it's doubtful the situation would reach that stage because Polak would cost himself a full season toward unrestricted free agency, arbitration rights and other benefits.
The Blues say that while discussions have been drawn out, they remain amicable, and the club is confident Polak will be re-signed by the start of training camp in mid-September.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defensemen Justin Fletcher and Danny Richmond.
Fletcher, 26, played in 68 games last season with the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Peoria Rivermen. The 5-10, 190-pound blueliner led team defenseman with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) and recorded 50 penalty minutes.
Richmond, 24, was acquired by the Blues from Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009. He played in 18 games with Peoria, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) and 21 penalty minutes. Before the trade, the 6-0, 194-pound defenseman played in 55 games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 108 penalty minutes.
The Chicago, Illinois native was originally drafted by Carolina in the second round, 31st overall in the 2003 Entry Draft.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Steve Wagner.
Wagner, 25, skated in 22 games for the Blues last season, collecting four points (two goals, two assists) along with 18 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 191-pound defenseman has played in 46 National Hockey League games, all with St. Louis, collecting 12 points (four goals, eight assists). Last season with Peoria, Wagner has played in 47 games, notching 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) and 38 penalty minutes.
The Grand Rapids, Minnesota native was signed by the Blues as an undrafted free agent on March 20, 2007.
The Blues re-signed defenseman Roman Polak to a two-year, $2.2 million contract extension Friday.
The signing of Polak, 23, ended a lengthy negotiation with the restricted free agent. He will make $1 million in 2009-10 and $1.2 million in 2010-11.
"This deal took a little longer, but that's not a big deal," Blues President John Davidson said. "Sometimes they take longer than others. There's no animosity. Now, Roman has two years to play well for us and continue to evolve. He's a big part of our future."
The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Bryce Lampman, who played last season with Amur Khabarovsk of Russia.
The 26-year-old Rochester, Minn., native has played in 10 NHL games, all with the New York Rangers, recording two penalty minutes. Lampman was originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round, 113th overall in the 2001 entry draft.
Terms were not disclosed Wednesday.
The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Brendan Bell, who played with the Ottawa Senators last season.
The deal was announced on Friday.
The 26-year-old played in 53 games for the Senators, getting six goals and 15 assists along with 24 penalty minutes.
He also played in 15 games with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
In 101 NHL games, he has seven goals, 21 assists and 24 penalty minutes.
The Ottawa, Ontario, native was originally drafted by Toronto in the third round, 65th overall in the 2001 draft.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Tuesday the club has agreed to terms with forward Derek Armstrong to a two-way contract.
Armstrong, 36, played in 56 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season, recording nine points (five goals, four assists) along with 63 penalty minutes.
The 6-0, 197-pound center has played in 471 NHL games, amassing 221 points (72 goals, 149 assists) and 353 penalty minutes.
The Ottawa, Ontario native was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round, 128th overall in the 1992 Entry Draft.
Can't say that having little vet experence on the blue line and helping the young Blue liners doesn't sound good to me.Defenceman Darryl Sydor has landed a contract with the St. Louis Blues after attending the team’s training camp on a tryout basis.
Sydor, 37, has worked with the team’s young defencemen, including top draft picks Erik Johnson and Alex Pietrangelo.
“Darryl Sydor is a true professional in our game,” said team president John Davidson in a statement. “He’s a proven winner who brings valuable leadership to our blue line and will be a positive mentor for our younger defencemen.”