St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong essentially said that it's up to Jori Lehtera if he wants to join up with the team next season.
The 25-year-old Finnish center was the 65th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft. He's been close to a point-per-game player in the KHL the past two seasons, so it's possible that he can fit in well with a team that could use more offense.
NHL.com's Lou Korac reports that St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong didn't exactly give his teams unrestricted free agents glowing reviews.
Among the most interesting names on that list: Andy McDonald, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jordan Leopold and Scott Nichol. With a cloudy goaltending situation also in mind, this could be an interesting offseason.
St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged the elephant in the room: the team's goaltending situation is "cloudy."
All three of Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen could argue that they deserve playing time. Of note: Allen is a restricted free agent this summer while Elliott and Halak have one year left on their deals. It could be an interesting offseason storyline.
Reports out of St. Louis say that Jaroslav Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock had a heated argument on the morning of Game 4.
Halak was quite perturbed that he did not play in the regular season finale as he was healthy enough to, but Hitchcock used Brian Elliott as fourth place was still on the line. The Blues won 3-1 but Halak still felt he should have played. The blowup before Game 4 was caused by Halak being late for a team meeting and things apparently got out of hand quickly. Halak still has a year left on his contract but it remains to be seen if he will spend it in St. Louis with Hitchcock at the helm.
With the St. Louis Blues eliminated, David Backes will play for the U.S. team in the 2013 World Hockey Championships.
Backes generated a disappointing offensive output in the 2013 regular season, managing 28 points in 48 games on just 100 SOG. His six goals would've been well short of the pace he generated in 2010-11 (31 tallies) and 2011-12 (24).
T.J. Oshie recorded a team-worst minus-4 for the Blues in their opening round series loss to Los Angeles.
Oshie returned from a late-season injury to suit up for the Blues in Game One of the series, but it's fair to question whether he returned too soon, as he became a defensive liability. The winger is a talented scorer and we shouldn't read too much into such a small sample, but let's hope coach Ken Hitchcock has a short memory entering next season.
Blues defenseman Roman Polak is upset with his play on the eventual game-winning goal for the Kings Friday.
With second remaining in the second period of a 1-1 game, Kings forward Dustin Penner fired a long shot on goal in desperation, but Polak's attempt to block it screened goaltender Brian Elliot and led to the go-ahead marker for Los Angeles. "It was a bad play by me," he said. "There were just two seconds left. I tried to block it and I just got a piece of it."