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Blues’ Tarasenko receives NHL weekly honor as No. 2 star

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who recorded his third career hat trick last Thursday and is among the National Hockey League’s leading goal-scorers, on Monday was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week. Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason was the league’s No. 1 star and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones was the No. 3 star.

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Blues improving, but coach is setting the bar a little higher

The St. Louis Blues are one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League right now, winners of seven of their last eight games overall and six straight on home ice. They have at least a point in 11 straight NHL home games for the first time since 2012 and are 11-1-2 at Scottrade Center. Goaltender Jake Allen has won seven straight starts and is 9-0-2 at home this season while Vladimir Tarasenko is coming off his third career hat trick.

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Blues keep winning with Steen back in lineup

St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen returned to the lineup and eollected three assists in a Thursday night National Hockey League (NHL) game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scottrade Center. Steen had missed the previous six games with an upper-body injury and both he and coach Ken Hitchcock were anxious for his return.

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Blues unveil a classic sweater for winter showcase

The St. Louis Blues officially unveiled their National Hockey League NHL Winter Classic uniforms on Wednesday and they are a throwback style to the team’s original jerseys in their inaugural 1967-68 season. Attractive features include the original blue color, original Blue Note logo and gold ribbed collar from the team’s first NHL season. The Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will square off in the NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic outdoor game Jan. 2, 2017 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Blues will retire Bob Plager’s No. 5 jersey

One of the original St. Louis Blues and among the most popular players in franchise history, Bob Plager will have his No. 5 retired by the National Hockey League (NHL) team in a ceremony on Feb. 2, 2017 prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Plager has been with the organization as a player, coach, scout and in several other capacities since being originally acquired on June 6, 1967 from the New York Rangers. He also will be honored during the first period of the Blues’ Saturday night home game against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Want Winter Classic tickets for Blues-Blackhawks? Here’s your chance

A limited number of tickets for the 2017 Bridgestone National Hockey League Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2 will go on sale to the public on Tuesday. Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Tuesday at www.ticketmaster.com and www.ticketmaster.ca for the Jan. 2 game between the NHL’s Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium, the home of the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals.

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Yakupov makes good first impression with Blues

In his first two games with the St. Louis Blues, Russian forward Nail Yakupov, the former first overall NHL draft pick obtained by a week ago in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers, has made a positive first impression with his new National Hockey League team. The 23-year-old Yakupov didn’t have a point Wednesday while skating on a line with Patrik Berglund and Dmitrij Jaskin, but flashed some of his trademark speed. He scored his first goal and assist Thursday in a Blues sweater at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

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Blues celebrate the past by highlighting the future in win over Wild

St. Louis Blues newcomer Nail Yakupov had a goal and assist in his home debut and Alexander Steen and Magnus Paajarvi also scored goals in a 3-2 National Hockey League victory over the Minnesota Wild that came with the Blues celebrating their 50th anniversary in the NHL. Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 19 of 21 shots as the Blues won for the second time in two nights following up a 5-2 victory on Wednesday over the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Nail Yakupov introduces himself to Blues fans with a goal

It was a productive season opener Wednesday night for the St. Louis Blues, but they didn’t have long to celebrate a 5-2 National Hockey League win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues flew home and began preparations for their 50th anniversary home opener Thursday at Scottrade Center against the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Russian forward Nail Yakupov, the former first overall obtained a week ago in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers, made his Blues debut Wednesday night and eagerly anticipated his first home opener in a Blues uniform.

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Five key questions as St. Louis Blues begin their 50th season

The 50th anniversary season of the St. Louis Blues will also be an intriguing year of transition on a variety of fronts. This is Ken Hitchcock’s last season as head coach and his replacement, former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo, is already on the Blues coaching staff and takes over next season. The loss of several key veteran leaders creates a void the Blues hope to fill with new captain Alex Pietrangelo and several other core veteran players. Jake Allen no longer is part of a Blues goaltending tandem with Brian Elliott traded to Calgary. The Blues open the season Wednesday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks before returning home Thursday to face the Minnesota Wild.

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Blues make deal with Oilers for Yakupov

St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday the Blues have acquired 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Zach Pochiro and a conditional 2017 third round draft pick. Yakupov, 23, dressed in 60 regular season games with the Oilers last season, posting 23 points, including eight goals and 15 assists. Overall, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward has appeared in four NHL seasons, accumulating 111 points, including 50 goals and 61 assists, in 252 career regular season games. Prior to his professional career, Yakupov spent two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. During the 2010-11 season, he tallied 101 points, including 49 goals and 52 assists, in 65 regular season games, earning Rookie of the Year honors in both the OHL and the Canadian Hockey League.

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Any roster intrigue remaining for St. Louis Blues?

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock discussed the team’s remaining roster decisions with the National Hockey League season opener next week against the Chicago Blackhawks approaching quickly. The Blues still have some decisions to make to set the NHL roster and Hitchcock also talked about the potential impact of second-year players Colton Parayko and Robby Fabbri.

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Barret Jackman signs one-day deal to retire with Blues

Longtime St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman, one of the longest tenured players in franchise history, officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Tuesday at Scottrade Center after signing a one-day contract with the Blues. Jackman was joined by all the current Blues along with many Blues alumni, including Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger.

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Another practice injury sidelines Blues’ Jaden Schwartz

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz suffered a left elbow injury at practice on Thursday and the club announced Friday that he will miss at least four weeks. The 24-year-old Schwartz missed 49 games last season after being sidelined by another practice injury. He suffered a fractured left ankle at an Oct. 23 practice session.

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What’s ahead for Shattenkirk and Blues?

Kevin Shattenkirk is in the final year of a four-year, $17 million deal with the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. The Blues still could trade the mobile two-way defenseman, or sign him to a contract extension as they did recently with forward Alexander Steen after losing veteran forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer.

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Blues sign forward Alexander Steen to a contract extension

The St. Louis Blues on Friday announced the signing of veteran forward Alexander Steen to a four-year contract extension worth $23 million. The 32-year-old Steen is about to begin his ninth season with the Blues and has become one of the NHL’s most versatile two-way forwards because of his scoring and checking skills. He had 17 goals and 52 points in 67 games last season, then helped lead the Blues to the Western Conference final with four goals and 10 points in 20 playoff contests.

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New Blues forward has goal and assist in home debut

Former Edmonton Oilers first overall pick Nail Yakupov had a goal and assist Thursday in the home opener as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
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New Blues forward has goal and assist in home debut 1:28

New Blues forward has goal and assist in home debut

Former Blues defenseman Barret Jackman delivers retirement speech 5:44

Former Blues defenseman Barret Jackman delivers retirement speech

Former Blues defenseman Barret Jackman discusses retirement 2:04

Former Blues defenseman Barret Jackman discusses retirement

St. Louis Blues welcome Saskatchewan natives Gerry and Wyatt Nelson for once-in-a-lifetime experience 1:18

St. Louis Blues welcome Saskatchewan natives Gerry and Wyatt Nelson for once-in-a-lifetime experience