Tag:Patrik Berglund
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Blues' David Perron to return Sat. after 97 games

By Brian Stubits

David Perron is finally back for the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues announced that the forward will return to the game action with Saturday's game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Including missing Friday's game in Colorado, that will make it 97 games since Perron last played.

"It's been a long road obviously," Perron said Friday (courtesy of Jeremy Rutherford of St. Louis Post-Dispatch). "I didn't expect it to be that long. But I'm really excited to get back into the lineup."

Optimism picked up that Perron was nearing a return to game action when he was cleared for off-ice workouts on Sept. 26. Then he was given the OK for participating in full-contact drills on Nov. 19. A couple of setback-free weeks later, and his return is finally set to happen.

"It's the end of a long journey for David Perron and we're excited to get him back in a Blues' uniform," GM Doug Armstrong said. "One thing that never wavered was [Perron's] passion to get back on the ice."

He's been out since taking the following brutal hit to the side of his head from the San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton on Nov. 4 of 2010.

Before the injury, Perron had scored five goals with two assists in 10 games for the Blues last season. For his career, the 23-year-old has 53 goals and 78 assists in 235 games, including highs of 20 goals in 2009-10 and 35 assists in 08-09.

The next question becomes how will Perron fit in with new coach Ken Hitchcock's lines? Andy Strickland at True Hockey says it's most likely that Perron will return to a top-six forward role right away and will likely spent most of his time with Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart. There will likely be a little more line juggling, but this one can be filed under the "good problems" file.

I think I speak for a lot of hockey fans when I say it's great to see Perron back, it's been too long.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Blues promo video with 'Don't Stop Believing'

By Brian Stubits

Don't stop believing? I can't believe the Blues are still going through with it.

Ever since the Blues revealed their slogan for the upcoming season is the famous and overall completely overplayed karaokie-friendly jaunt by Journey, there rightfully has been frustration among Blues fans. After all, the song has been adopted by the division rival Detroit Red Wings in recent years because that little line in the beginning of the song "born and raised in South Detroit." They always seem to conveniently forget the next line about taking the midnight train going anywhere (as in anywhere BUT Detroit).

So there was hope that the people inside the offices in St. Louis would get the hint; they picked themselves a bad slogan.

Unfortunately, the memo was missed. So they commenced with using the pretty bad slogan to make a pretty bad promo.

The commercial for some reason envokes memories of Happy Gilmore and the Endless Love scene for me. Patrik Berglund playing a piano at center ice with a wry smile? Well, at least the production costs are low.

And judging by the title of the video (Don't Stop Believing #1) we will have a few more promo spots to complete the Journey.

H/t to Puck Daddy

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Blues sign center Berglund to two-year extension

The St. Louis Blues took a big step in their offseason agenda by re-signing center Patrik Berglund to a two-year contract extension, the team's Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced.

"Patrik took his game to another level this season and followed it up with an outstanding performance in the World Championships," Armstrong said. "We expect him to be a major component of the Blues and continue to advance in this league."

Berglund, who turns 23 on Thursday, would have been a restricted free agent come July 1 without the new deal. Instead, the budding star will earn $4.5 million in his two-year deal, per stltoday.com.

Berglund, a first-round pick by the Blues in 2006 out of Sweden, took a big step in his third full season in the NHL. He posted a career-best 52 points that includes 22 goals and 30 assists in the 2010-11 season, playing in 81 games, including eight power-play goals.

He also played this offseason for the Swedish national team in the World Championships, turning in an excellent eight goals in helping his country earn a silver medal.

The Blues also face restricted free agent questions with T.J. Oshie, B.J. Crombeen, Vladimir Sobotka, Matt D'Agostini and Ryan Reeves up front, then Roman Polak and Nikita Nikitin on the blue line.

This move is a key step for St. Louis as you can bet there were definitely going to be some suitors willing to offer Berglund a sheet when free agency opens up. He figures to be a central building block as the Blues work at returning to the playoffs.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo: US Presswire
 
 
 
 
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