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The Blues have a ‘plan’ to battle Olympic fatigue

Jan 9, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

Alex Pietrangelo congratulates Jaroslav Halak Getty Images

We mentioned Tuesday that Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit each have 10 players going over to Sochi for the Olympics, tied for the most out of all 30 NHL teams.

As such, we wondered if Olympic fatigue would be a factor once the Games were done.

Turns out the Blues have been wondering about that, too.

“We have a plan we’re working on,” general manager Doug Armstrong told “We’re going to give guys extra days off, and possibly certain players will get a game off or two. We don’t want short-term goals to override long-term goals. We want to make sure we’re as well-prepared energy-wise for the playoffs.”

With three Americans, two Canadians, and two Swedes representing the club in the Olympics, it’s possible St. Louis could have four or five key players in the gold-medal game on Feb. 23.  That wouldn’t leave much of a break for those players, considering the Blues are back in action on Feb. 26, in far-flung Vancouver of all places.


  1. hockey412 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I’d imagine most teams that are comfortably at the top of their Divisions would do the same (Pittsburgh/Chicago/Anaheim/St. Louis). The teams that will really be feeling it come playoff time are the ones that can’t afford to rest anyone, that are still in the hunt.

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    more evidence that this will be the last olympics for the NHL. they can’t have top teams saying publicly that they’ll be sitting their stars so they can attend the games. god forbid Crosby, Chara, or a Sedin is a healthy scratch one night. Bettman would cancel 2018 THAT NIGHT.

    • blues1988 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I agree. Kind of like when Gregg Popovich got fined for healthy scratching tim duncan, tony parker, and ginobili during a regular season game for no apparent reason. Great plan by Pop, he knows what’s most important, the playoffs.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        i seem to remember him doing that to get back at the league for a bullsh** schedule. or am I thinking of a different incident?

      • ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        nah that’s what I was thinking of. and after looking it up, it wasn’t a bullsh** schedule like I thought. just a tough road trip that he ended early for a couple players.

    • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      I agree. It’s better certain they won’t be going to South Korea.

  3. penguins87and71 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    What I would do at least in the Penguins case is once they clinch the division just rest the players like Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang, and Fleury for the 7 games in April. There really is no need for a team that’s already to clinched a playoff spot to play it’s superstars in meaningless regular season games in the month of April.

    • hockey412 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Truly groundbreaking.

    • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      I don’t think so. It’s ok to manage their energy, but you also want to keep the machine very well oiled. You don’t start throwing kinks in their system just before the playoff start. You’ve got to keep all pistons running, but no need to keep the pedal to the metal.

  4. joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Hmmm! I wonder if Carlyle will be reading this article. Randy! Stop complaining! Get a plan! :-)

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I know it’s a great honor for these players to represent their countries but as a fan of the Penguins I’m always worried that Crosby and Malkin will get injured. Also I’m not sure the NHL likes the idea of shutting down for 19 days.

    • jhaegs - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Recent reports show that they love the idea…

      • ibieiniid - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        you mean 119 days? (wow, that was a convenient number)

  6. muckleflugga - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    all of this talk about nhl participation in pyeongchang makes me wonder…

    was pyeongchang chosen for winter games because in essence, it’s onomatopoeic for puck going forehead crossbar in…?

    with the canadian dollar going south faster than the big three deserting detroit, will an nhl brain trust lured into a five billion dollar television deal worth two thirds that this time next year, be in position to do anything other than hope anybody cares what they think in 2014 about 2018 in 2017, when real talk begins…?

    with canadian teams paying players in devalued canadian dollars versus american teams paying in their own currency, and with struggling and marginalized american teams everywhere but chicago east trying to survive when television revenue offering hedge against general league-sustained financial incompetencies fail in proportion to the canadian dollar’s decline, i see cataclysmic change in the greed model just over the horizon…

    with haves facing much resentment from have-nots, battle lines will be drawn and influence pedalled…more so than now if you can imagine…?

    if certain decline of the canadian dollar isn’t sufficient as a free radical wearing at nhl bottom-line health propped by the rogers deal, enter revenue taken to hedge potentially massive financial losses to concussion lawsuits in the ledger…is that takeout borne equally through a general fund…do traditional gooning franchises, brains addled and bodies bloodied, pay more than skill focussed franchises…?

    financial failure leading to outright revolt will change an nhl development paradigm built on wishing and hoping and praying…selling franchises to enrich established franchise with what will prove to be so much monopoly money…think pyramid…think phoenix and others with endless summers…burned at the bank…returning to ashes…think

    of the extent to which influence of the european junior loop and the khl itself, rising in proportion against declining interest in north american hockey nurturing fighting and violence as a principal marketing engine, will give rise to global interest in the game outside our game…

    think of a global league, built by europeans and robbing the nhl talent pool blind

    the nhl may not rate the olympics or pyeongchang while arguing disruption to business through participation –strikes and lockouts notwithstanding– but player contracts going forward from an nhl refusal, will be muddied with out-clauses for players wishing to go

    those that aren’t already finding life in the khl healthier wealthier and more desirable already

    bitter, the nhl’s singing in the wind…they know it, but it makes for ink when someone else dares to steal the limelight

  7. blomfeld - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    “We have a plan we’re working on” …

    Well that’s good, because we LA Kings have a ‘plan’ for you Blues !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      you were warned about what would happen if you kept up with the douchebaggery…..

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