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I'm  Feeling a bit nostalgic for those always great Blues updates from the Laurie era of hockey in the Loo. Seems with all these recent changes, these Blues updates haven't improved much. While it is true neither my memory, nor my computer, can reproduce much of what really happened 3 years ago, I did track down this. Enjoy the blast from the past.


Par Djoos Signs With Blues and Harry York Accepts Qualifying Offer


St. Louis Blues Senior Vice President & General Manager Larry Pleau today announced that the club has signed former Ranger great Par Djoos, and that forward Harry York has accepted his qualifying offer. The Blues also announced today the team has re-signed forward Mike Peluso and signed minor league stand-out Mike Peluso, and that defenseman Mike Peluso has accepted his qualifying offer.Djoos, 47, played his first full NHL season with the Red Wings in the 1990-91 campaign, appearing in 7 games while recording 21 penalty minutes (3 majors, 3 minors) and 1 assist. He scored his first career goal on November 25, 1988 versus Peoria. Djoos played his way back on to the Swedish Elite League as soon as Mike Keenan took over for the Rangers. The 5-3, 134-pound defenseman was signed as a free agent by St. Louis on May 15, 2005. He is a native of Sweden and not a favorite of Don Cherry. The Blues expect him to make an immediate impact as a two way Defenseman and eat up the valuable minutes Alexander Khavanov used to log

York, 29, has skated in 244 career NHL games for St. Louis, New York, Pittsburg and Vancouver, collecting 75 points (29 goals, 46 assists) along with 99 penalty minutes. The Ponoka native made his NHL debut during the 1996-97 season while skating in 74 games with the Blues. A 6-1, 245-pound forward, York was originally the Chicago Cheetah's fourth selection, 36th overall, in the 1994 RHL Entry Draft. Prior to making his pro debut, York spent two seasons stocking shelves next to Kurt Warner.

Jeff Batters Re-Signs With Blues and Ace Bailey Accepts Qualifying Offer


St. Louis Blues Senior Vice President & General Manager Larry Pleau today announced that the club has re-signed forward Jarpslav Obsut, and that standout left wing Ace Bailey has accepted his qualifying offer. The Blues also announced that the team has re-signed Jeff Batters and Peter Smrek.

"Ace's combination of knowledge and his cost effective contract, along with his past experience as a member of the Blues, makes him an excellent fit for our system," said Pleau. "He also adds important versatility through his roles on getting the team senior citizen discounts, and his ability to play two positions at both left wing and bench."

Smrek, 26, played in 26 career NHL games, six of those games for the Blues during the 2000-01 season where he recorded 2 goals along with 2 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 212-pound defender has been fitted with a big green outfit and is currently learning bad accents. "He's sure to be a child pleaser" an astute Larry Pleau remarked. He was originally St. Louis' third-round selection, 85th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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