The Blues have acquired Olli Jokinen from the Maple Leafs for Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional 6th round pick.
Jokinen had one assist in six games with the Maple Leafs, but the plan all along was to flip Jokinen for an asset. The Leafs picked up a a conditional 6th, that can be as high as a fourth based on the Blues playoff performance and Jokinen’s impact on that run; as well as 31-year-old Lindstrom. Jokinen could have a tough time cracking a deep Blues lineup.
The Blues have acquired Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round pick from the Penguins for Ian Cole.
The Blues acquired Zbynek Michalek earlier in the day, who is a shot blocking defensive defenseman, but he is recovering from a concussion right now so the Blues add Bortuzzo as insurance. Bortuzzo is an in-your-face physical defenseman who plays a relatively simple game.
The Blues have acquired Zbynek Michalek and a conditional 2015 3rd round pick from Arizona for prospect Maxim Letunov.
Michalek has missed the last six games with a concussion, but he was expected to return to the ice later today, before he was dealt to St. Louis. Michalek is a great shot blocking defenseman and replaces the hole Roman Polak left when he went to Toronto. Michalek has eight points (2G / 6A) in 53 games this season.
Allen allowed five goals on 23 shots in the Blues loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday. It was a difficult outing for Allen, who finished February at 3-1-0 with a 2.05 GAA and .918 SV%. He will face Vancouver for the second time this season—he allowed three goals on 22 shots in a 4-1 loss back in October.
Elliott made 30 saves on 31 shots in the Blue Jackets win in Winnipeg on Thursday. After two bad outings in a row, it was good to see Elliott get back in the win column. Tonight he starts in Edmonton, where he will go for his 20th win on the season. Elliott has gone 9-4-1 with a 2.18 GAA and .924 SV% on the road this year.
The Blues have acquired Adam Cracknell from Columbus for future considerations.
Cracknell was originally with the Blues, but was claimed off of waivers by Columbus. The 29-year-old had three goals and four assists (7 points) in 18 games with Springfield. He will likely report to Chicago (AHL).
Elliott allowed four goals on 29 shots in the Blues 4-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday. He did not start on Tuesday, but after Jake Allen lost to the Habs, they will go back to Elliott tonight in Winnipeg. Elliott has gone 4-4-0 with a 3.29 GAA and .897 SV% in eight February starts and has gone 8-4-1 on the road this season.
Shattenkirk (abdomen) has skated that last couple of day; still no timetable for his return.
Shattenkirk has skated for a few days, including a 30-minute session this morning. So he is making progress, but he remains without a timetable. The Blues have gone 6-4-0 while averaging 2.60 goals per game without Shattenkirk, so they are definitely hoping for a speedy recovery. As he continues to skate, the Blues will start to get a better idea of how much longer he will be sidelined.
Allen allowed one goal on 27 shots in the Blues win over the Bruins on Friday. He has been excellent in February, going 3-0-0 with a 1.37 GAA and .946 SV% in three starts and two relief appearances. Tonight he takes on a Montreal team who have gone 3-1-2 while scoring just 2.33 goals per game over their last six.
Elliott was pulled after he allowed three goals on six shots in the Blues 4-1 loss to the Stars on Tuesday. It was a terrible outing for Elliott, who will start the second game of the Blues back-to-back on Saturday. It is a rough matchup with the Penguins in town, but Elliott is 10-4-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .923 SV% at home.
Allen stopped 15 of 16 shots after replacing Brian Elliott in the Blues loss to the Stars on Tuesday. It wasn’t all Elliott’s fault, but Allen played well in relief, earning him the start tonight vs. the Bruins. Allen has gone 9-2-1 with a 2.28 GAA and .901 SV% at home this season.
Lehtera was briefly demoted to the third line on Tuesday, but returned to the second line halfway through the contest. This morning he once again skated with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz, so look for him to skate in the top-6 tonight vs. the Bruins.