Blues ready to build on foundation of shortened season

11:45 AM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- August is that funny time of the year for hockey fans, where baseball is in full stream, the NFL is almost warmed up and the NHL's is just beginning to turn over after its summer nap.  But, believe it or not   training camp for the Blues begins in just less than a month, on September 17th at the St. Louis Mills facility.

But while we wait for the officials start of camp, Sports Director Rene Knott found at least three Blues of note getting an early start, Jordan Leopold, Vladimir Tarasenko and goalie Jarsolav Halak.

Video: Jordan Leopold on building on last season

2013 Recap
The shortend season did not play into the Blues strengths as predicted, especially in the goaltending department.  Early thoughts were that the tandem of Halak and Brian Elliott would thrive with a 48 game schedule.  Injuries and sparse play killed that thought, and the season, in many eyes was saved by rookie Jake Allen.

The make up of the Blues in 2013-'14 is not much different from last season.  The Blues lost forward Andy McDonald to retirement and replaced him with free agent center Derek Roy.  The hope is that Roy and Backes can become the next Hull and Oates, and create a scoring duo do be reckoned with.

Video: Vladimir Tarasenko on his rookie season

Other new faces added are Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Bolduc, Maxim Lapierre and Magnus Paajarvi.  Paajarvi was acquired in the deal that sent forward David Perron to Edmondton as part of a two-way, change of scenery deal.

The Blues light interest in the free agent market proves they believe they have right players already here, and took care of putting together new deals for their own restricted free agents including forwards Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart, and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.  

But very important piece of the puzzle remains in limbo.  Stand out defenseman Alex Pietrangelo still is unsigned. 

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