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Blues Post-Lockout News: Statements, Schedule, Signings, And Team Promotions

With the official end of the lockout about to be announced, what's going on in our backyard with the Blues? Most importantly: when's puck drop?

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David Backes opens the Roman Polak door; lives.

Every so often you'll hear about a tussle at a practice, but it's a rare one when it's with the captain of your team, and you're the guy whose door people never open.


Training camp photos - contribute if you got 'em.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their photos so far. If you would like to contribute, please e-mail your pictures and attribution info to stlouisgametime@gmail.com. Thank you!


Here're your day 1 line combos.

As tweeted by Lou Korac, here's what Ken Hitchcock is going with for the first day of camp:

David Perron-David Backes-T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald-Alex Steen-Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz-Patrik Berglund-Chris Stewart

Matt D'Agostini-Vadimir Sobotka-Ryan Reaves

Chris Porter-Scott Nichol-Jamie Langenbrunner


Kris Russell- Alex Pietrangelo

Barrett Jackman-KevinShattenkirk

Ian Cole-Roman Polak

Jeff Woywitka-Taylor Chorney


Jaroslav Halak & Brian Elliott

The big surprise (though it's not really a surprise since Hitch said it would happen) is that D'Agostini is skating with Sobotka and Reaves, while Jaden Schwartz is up with Bergie and Stewart. That seems to be a pretty big sign that Schwartz stands a good chance of making the team this season. Many assumed that he'd stay with the Rivermen, but with the way that he ended 2012, there always was the very real possibility that he'd be given an extended look at Blues camp. Where does this put D'Agostini? Possibly in the press box with Scott Nichol; for a player who has suffered through injury last year and had such a great season the one before that, this year might be terribly frustrating.

Also, if any of you have any photos of camp you'd like to see on Game Time in a slideshow, please e-mail them to us at stlouisgametime@gmail.com with your name for credit. Thanks!


Blues schedule released.

Everything's ready for the Blues to repeat as the Central Division Champions, but it's not going to be easy at the grueling pace of this abbreviated season.


Blues training camp schedule's been released.

Finally, the season's training camp is here. Doors'll open at 10:30 Sunday morning at Scottrade Center, with practice set to begin at 11:00. Following the team's practice, the Blues will host a Q&A with the team's fans at various locations in the arena. As always, the sessions are free of charge, and this year the Blues will be offering concession specials as well as 20% off of gear at the Team Store.

Training Camp Schedule

Date Time Location

Sunday, Jan. 13 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Practice Scottrade Center

1:30 p.m. Q & A with team Scottrade Center

Monday, Jan. 14 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Practice Scottrade Center

Tuesday, Jan. 15 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Scrimmage Scottrade Center

Wednesday, Jan. 16 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Practice Scottrade Center

Thursday, Jan. 17 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pre-Game Skate Scottrade Center

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Scrimmage Scottrade Center

Friday, Jan. 18 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Practice Scottrade Center


Tarasenko's coming to town. Brace yourselves.

The Blues' most anticipated prospect in years, Vladimir Tarasenko, is expected to return to St. Louis this week to prepare for camp.


FINALLY: The lockout's over.

After losing three months to the quagmire that were the NHL labor talks, both the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a deal to end the league's third lockout. Camps could begin later this week.

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