Blues’ Colton Parayko slips into third pair: ‘He definitely didn’t have the year we expect’

St. LOUIS – Ten minutes into Tuesday’s game, Blues defenseman Colton Parayko was minus-3, and by the third period, he was minus-4 and dropped to third pair with rookie Tyler Tucker. “It wasn’t a good game,” Blues coach Craig Berup said of Paraykou. “Hesitant. Seems a bit tentative. Just not firm enough with the puck. “It’s not all the time, but it certainly hasn’t had the year that we expect or anticipate.” Parayko wasn’t the only one at fault in the Blues’ 5-3 loss to Buffalo. But for an organization…

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Blues player Vladimir Tarasenko revitalized IR’s Tory Krug: What’s next?

The Blues may have a re-enforcement Tuesday night against the Sabers in the form of two returning injured players but also lose a key player. Vladimir Tarasenko and Tore Krug have both been activated from injured reserve and could be in the lineup against the Sabers while Pavel Bukhnevich is placed on IR. Here’s what you need to know: Krug blocked a shot against Vegas on December 23 and missed the last 13 games due to a lower body injury. Tarasenko suffered a hand injury that blocked a shot against…

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Rutherford: Talk of a Blues trade deadline should intensify as Vladimir Tarasenko’s return looms

St. Lewis – With all the clarity we need from the Blues on the ice, it’s time to start getting some clarity on what could happen to the roster. Their 5-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday night shouldn’t surprise anyone. It was a little surprising that it came on the heels of one of the Blues’ best performances of the season in a 5-2 win over Nashville two nights earlier. But giving up another short-term goal? Need a fight from Ivan Barbashev to save some energy? Do you have more…

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Ranking the best NHL players and prospects under 23: Rasmus Dahlin tops the list

Welcome to the midseason update of the under-23 NHL player rankings for the 2022-23 season. This is an age-based ranking of the best young players overall on teams’ reserve lists, meaning within an NHL organization, in or outside the league. This is a ranking meant to show who I think will have the best pro careers, not who I would take in a game tomorrow. This is also a good exercise to show how the last five age groups compare to each other, as this largely spans the player pool…

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Blues coach Craig Berube continues to work with what he’s got as NHL trade rumors simmer

street. Lewis – It was well documented that the Blues had nine players scoring at least 20 goals last season. This year, they can only have five. Jordan Cairo is on his way to 40, followed by Pavel Bukhnevitch (32), Vladimir Tarasenko (23), Ryan O’Reilly (22) and Brandon Saad (20). Of the other four, Robert Thomas (18), Brayden Sheen (16), and Ivan Barbashev (11) follow with less, and of course David Perron signed to Detroit last summer. Whether it’s due to the departure of Peron, a drop in individual performance,…

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Blues player Tore Krug has been placed on long-term injury reserve with a lower body injury

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that the St. Louis Blues have placed defender Tore Krogh on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury. Here’s what you need to know: The Blues called up defenseman Tyler Tucker from the Springfield Thunderbirds into the AHL. Krug will be reassessed within six weeks. St. Louis is 16-16-2 this season, and is fifth in the Central Division. Tore Krogh has been placed on injured reserve for an extended period and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. Tyler Tucker was called in from…

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Clem Kosten of the Oilers is much happier in Edmonton than he was with the Blues

Edmonton – Klim Kostin has developed a reputation in these parts as someone who doesn’t take things too seriously and loves to laugh – whether at his own expense or at someone else’s. Usually this means joking with a teammate. But on Thursday morning, with a crowd of reporters waiting around his dressing room booth to chat him up before facing his former team, Costin couldn’t resist a friendly dig at a veteran writer. “I guess the fans don’t like your questions,” he told Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson.…

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NHL 2022-23 bold predictions, revisited: How our preseason prognostications are holding up two months in

Fifty goals for Connor McDavid? Seventy for Auston Matthews?? A playoff team in Ottawa??? Heading into the 2022-23 NHL season, The Athletic asked its hockey staff for bold predictions, and two months later, some are holding up better than others. Here’s a progress report on each prediction provided by the writer who made it, from those who need a mulligan to those already taking a victory lap. Preseason bold prediction: Mason McTavish will win the Calder Trophy Outlook two months in: Definitely still in play Analysis: McTavish has an uphill…

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‘Disappointed’ Jordan Pennington vents about Blues starter: ‘It’s the NHL. Let’s go!’

Jordan Bennington is disappointed. In a one-on-one interview with the athlete On Thursday, the Blues goalkeeper looked like some of those frustrations were being directed at him. But he also seemed really frustrated with his team and how long it’s taking them to get into shape. Bennington was arguably the Blues’ best player early in the 2022-23 season, though he was often the victim of shoddy play up front. His frustration level has built over that period, and lately there have been more goals in goal that can be pinned…

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Jordan Binnington’s antics, admitting the Blues aren’t good, top underachievers: Mailbag

There just aren’t any bright spots with the Blues these days. They have lost five of their last six games, and now one of their best players to date this season is making headlines for the wrong reasons again. Jordan Binnington received a 10-minute penalty for “inciting” in the team’s 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, after he was pulled from the game, took off his mask and had a few words for the Penguins’ bench on his way off the ice. Actually, his night wasn’t over just yet. First,…

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