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Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gunnarsson skated with the team for the first time Tuesday, skating for 10-15 minutes, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a hip flexor injury, and his most recent step is encouraging in regards to his readiness for training camp.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Allen is poised to enter the upcoming season as the Blues' No. 2 goalie,'s Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock has already appointed Brian Elliott for the opening night start in the net, but Allen's standing as one of the best goalie prospects in hockey should make him one of the league's more-used backups, particularly with Elliott having never entered a season as a No. 1 goalie. The 24-year-old Allen earned AHL Goalie of the Year honors in 2013-14 while playing for AHL Chicago, where he went 33-16-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .927 save percentage. His numbers were predictably less impressive in a 15-game cameo with the Blues in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, but he's developed significantly since then and should make for a good spot start option most any time he's guaranteed to be in the net.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Thursday that Elliott will open the season as the No. 1 goaltender for the Blues,'s Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Elliott's appointment to the No. 1 spot was rather obvious after the Blues let Ryan Miller walk in the offseason, instead re-signing Elliott to a three-year deal. After Elliott competed with for the starting job with the since-departed Jaroslav Halak the last couple of seasons, Hitchcock said that Elliott earned the opportunity to open the campaign as the unquestioned starter based on his substantial improvement in 2013-14. The 29-year-old may not see the workload of some of the league's top netminders with top prospect Jake Allen lurking behind him on the depth chart, but thanks to an elite offense and defense to support him, Elliott figures to produce outstanding numbers on a per-game basis. In his 31 appearances last season, he delivered a 18-6-2 record, 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gunnarsson (hip) has been limited to skating on his own during the Blues' pre-camp scrimmages,'s Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Though it seems he's not yet been cleared for full activity, Gunnarsson still seems to be progressing positively from his offseason hip surgery. While he could still be limited in the initial stages of training camp, Gunnarsson doesn't look to be at risk of missing the start of the regular season.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lehtera is expected to open the season on one of the Blues' top three lines, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock will probably have a clearer idea of where Lethera will slot in once he sees how the Finnish forward coalesces with his teammates in training camp, but it's clear that the team didn't give him a two-year, $5.5 million deal on the first day of free agency to rot on the fourth line. The 26-year-old lit up the KHL the last four seasons, the first two of which he played on a line with current Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Even if Lehtera doesn't serve as the center on Tarasenko's line to start the season, the Blues have plenty of scoring talent among the rest of their top nine to provide Lehtera with plenty of opportunities to pick up assists and boost his plus-minus rating.