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It’s St. Louis Blues day on PHT

Jul 18, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to the start of our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From now until Aug. 14 we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we continue with the St. Louis Blues.

After missing the playoffs in all but one post-lockout season, the Blues responded to the early hire of Ken Hitchcock to win the Central Division. They collected 109 standings points (49-22-11) but were ultimately swept by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

The Blues’ biggest offseason move might just be re-signing Chris Stewart after a disappointing season. For the most part, GM Doug Armstrong seems content to nurture the team’s promising young players rather than loading up on free agents.

He still has some work to do in keeping everyone together, however, as T.J. Oshie‘s arbitration hearing is rapidly approaching while the Blues must make a decision regarding Carlo Colaiacovo.

Can the Blues build on a breakthrough season? Stick around PHT today for more on that and other questions.

  1. wingsfan40 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    ya if the blues decide to re-sign coliacivo they be the team they were last year but let coliacvo move on besides idk his salary but the blues arent gonna have enough soo let him go to a different team that NEEDS defense like the redwings i think a Quincey-colacivo line would be a good d line 2 but if the blues really want him it might mean trading a star player like peteranglo, shatenkirk,oshie,perron,or backes so i think leave colie to another team or one of his cousins was just drafted in this years draft let him go there anywhere but PITSBURG BLUES RANGERS PHILLY OR TORONTO as much as i like philly they got some pretty strong d man

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      im glad youre not making decisions for the red wings.colaiacavo is made out of paper he cant stay healthy. at the end of the day i think the blues will keep him for a reduced price because no one wants him.

  2. drez146 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    The blues are making a huge mistake by letting Oshie go to arbitration, if ur gonna pay Stewart 3 million a year then Oshie is worth more than that but less than what Backes makes, nothing but hurt feelings and egos come out of those hearings, look at the weber situation in nashville, anyways this could go really bad and you could end up seeing Oshie in a wings or especially a hawks uni to reunite with old college teammate Jonathan Toews

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      its a game of chicken. i think a deal will be signed before the hearing.

  3. hitem396 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    halek + eliot = playoff

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Six games against the Blue Jackets = playoff.

  4. charleslouis99 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    quincey might be our best option or mark fistric as pietros partner but idk if Dallas wants to trade away one of their few size guys army knows what he’s doing

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      i like jay bo but the cost will be not worth it. i think the blues will keep what they have till the trade deadline because they will be able to leverage trades for picks instead of trades for players.

  5. datguy83 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    They made they playoffs more than once since the lockout. Fact check PHT guys, fact check.

    • mickeyb21 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      I think he was referring to that before this last season they had only made the playoffs once since the lockout. I had the same initial thought as well. He could have worded things differently or used a different sentence structure.

  6. capsrockva - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    When is the Caps day

  7. curth618 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Arbitration with Oshie could work out long term for the organization, Oshie will be awarded a one year contract for this upcoming year (which is no sure thing there will be a season this year) at a price the Blues will accept. With a reduced share of player revenues resulting from CBA negotiations, it should bring overall player salaries down in the free agent market thus allowing the Blues to sign him to a long term deal next offseason at a reduced rate as compared to doing a long term deal this offseason that has seen 12 year contracts handed out like candy by owners crying broke.

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