Halak Says He'll Be Ready for Playoffs Plus Blues Clues!
Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock says David Perron “answered the bell and was very impressed with how he responded.”
This comes after a Blues loss in Colorado on Sunday where Hitchcock says Perron “didn’t play very good.”
On Monday there were rumors of Perron being a healthy scratch the next day but nothing materialized.
Perron was relegated to fourth line duty to begin the game Tuesday, once again against the Avalanche. His time there lasted only a few shifts and before you knew it he was back on the power play and playing a regular shift with Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund.
Perron played 17:17 in the game with 2:32 coming on the power play. He registered no points with two shots on goal.
The bottom line is the Blues need David Perron. He’s an important piece of the Blues puzzle and they will need him moving forward.
Blues Make Chicago Affiliation Official…
The Blues have entered into a three-year agreement with the Chicago Wolves beginning next season. There are several parameters the Blues have agreed to and will be allowed 13 players on the Wolves roster. There are rumblings of former Atlanta Thrashers Head Coach John Anderson returning to Chicago next season to coach the team. Currently Anderson, who still owns a house in Chicago, is an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Chicago D-man Matt Hunt is the only Wolves player under contract next season but he’s in position to fetch a two-way NHL deal this summer.
There are rumors that Vancouver, whose affiliation with Chicago expires at the end of this season, could play in Peoria next season for one year until they find a permanent home. There’s also talk of the Canucks having their AHL team play in Vancouver for a season.
Cracknell Eyeing Extension?
With the Blues recently signing Chris Porter to a two-year extension it left many wondering what that means for forward Adam Cracknell who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. It’s unlikely Cracknell re-signs with the Blues without the security of a one-way offer. One can assume the Blues like him a lot and will make an effort keep him in the organization.
Considering how many players the Blues need to re-sign along with the playoffs around the corner, this is not something that requires immediate attention. Many believe he’s done enough to garner interest from other NHL teams who will need to fill their roster with these types of players with the salary cap going down. He also has several European options available to him as well.
Halak nearing Return….
Jaro Halak told me on Tuesday he’s getting closer to returning form an injured groin and says he will definitely be available to play in one of the final regular season games. He participated in the Blues last two practices.
T.J. Oshie was on the ice Tuesday morning, barely a week after undergoing ankle surgery. He told me last week his goal is to be available for the first game in the playoffs.
Stewart Enjoys Special Night…
How about Chris Stewart recording his 100th goal, 100th assist, against his former team, on his late Mother Susan’s birthday. His Mother passed away on April 23rd, 2007.
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