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KARIYA ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 15 SEASONS IN NHL

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Paul Kariya has decided to retire after 15 seasons in the NHL.

Kariya sat out the entire 2010-11 season recovering from post-concussion systems. He last suited up for the St. Louis Blues in 2009-10.

Kariya finishes his career with 402 goals and 587 assists in 989 games. Kariya spent time with the Blues, Predators, Avalanche after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Mighty Ducks.

He was selected by the Mighty Ducks with the fourth pick overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Kariya had intended to return to the ice next season but his doctors advised him against it due to his concussion history.

His best season came in 1995-96, his second in the NHL, where he scored 50 goals and 108 points.

He was a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship, and was selected to the NHL's first all-star team three times (1996, 1997 and 1999) and the second team twice (2000, 2003).

He also appeared in six All-Star games in his career and led the Mighty Ducks to within one game of the Stanley Cup in 2003.

Internationally Kariya competed for Team Canada 1994 and 2002 Olympics winning both a Gold and Silver medal. He was selected to the 1998 Canadian Olympic team as well, but couldn't compete after suffering a concussion on a crosscheck by Gary Suter shortly before he was supposed to head to Nagano.

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KARIYA ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AFTER 15 SEASONS IN NHL

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Paul Kariya has decided to retire after 15 seasons in the NHL.

Kariya sat out the entire 2010-11 season recovering from post-concussion systems. He last suited up for the St. Louis Blues in 2009-10.

Kariya finishes his career with 402 goals and 587 assists in 989 games. Kariya spent time with the Blues, Predators, Avalanche after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Mighty Ducks.

He was selected by the Mighty Ducks with the fourth pick overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Kariya had intended to return to the ice next season but his doctors advised him against it due to his concussion history.

His best season came in 1995-96, his second in the NHL, where he scored 50 goals and 108 points.

He was a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship, and was selected to the NHL's first all-star team three times (1996, 1997 and 1999) and the second team twice (2000, 2003).

He also appeared in six All-Star games in his career and led the Mighty Ducks to within one game of the Stanley Cup in 2003.

Internationally Kariya competed for Team Canada 1994 and 2002 Olympics winning both a Gold and Silver medal. He was selected to the 1998 Canadian Olympic team as well, but couldn't compete after suffering a concussion on a crosscheck by Gary Suter shortly before he was supposed to head to Nagano.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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My favourite of all time who isn't Patrick Roy :( :(

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who isn't Patrick Roy :( :(

Well...ya got that right.:P

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Will never forget THE HIT...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8up-tkxZ4r8

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Blues sign Kent Huskins

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/blues-agree-to-terms-with-former-sharks-d-kent-huskins-on-1-year-deal/2011/07/02/AGk2JbvH_story.html

Not the best signing, but will likely provide some veteran leadership.

Langenbrunner is reportedly in talks with the team.

This team needs an owner that is willing to spend money...

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BLUES INK FORWARD ARNOTT TO ONE-YEAR DEAL

The St. Louis Blues added veteran leadership to their lineup on Wednesday, signing unrestricted free agent forward Jason Arnott to a one-year deal.

Financial term were not disclosed.

Arnott, 36, is entering his 18th season in the NHL. Last year, he split time with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals, who acquired him at the trade deadline. He had 17 goals and 14 assists in 73 games last year.

He helped the Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2000.

In 1,172 career games with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, Arnott has 400 goals and 504 assists.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=371134

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BLUES INK FORWARD LANGENBRUNNER

Deal is worth US$2.5 million, plus $300,000 in bonuses...to one-year deal.

The 35-year-old Langenbrunner is coming off a disappointing season, totalling nine goals and 23 assists in 70 games with Dallas and New Jersey. In 2009-10, Langenbrunner had 61 points with the Devils.

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CHEECHOO SIGNS WITH BLUES

The St. Louis Blues signed former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo to a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting Cheechoo will make $600,000 if he's in the NHL, $105,000 if he plays for the Blues' American Hockey League team, the Peoria Rivermen.

Cheechoo, who won the Rocket Richard Trophy after scoring 56 goals for the San Jose Sharks in the 2005-06 season, hasn't played in the NHL since the 2009-10 season, when he had 5 goals in 61 games with the Ottawa Senators.

Since the 2001-02 season, only Alex Ovechkin has scored more goals in one season than Cheechoo, when he had 65 in 2007-08.

Cheechoo spent all of last season with the Worcester Sharks, San Jose's AHL affiliate, where he had a team-high 47 points in 55 games, and was second with 18 goals.

In 501 NHL games with the Sharks and Senators, the 30-year-old right wing has 170 goals and 305 points.

With Cheechoo, Nichol, Huskins, Arnott, and Langenbrunner signed, I feel the blues only need one more vet defenseman to be signed and their in good shape with leaderhip and depth to help lead them back to the playoffs.

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PERRON TO MISS START OF SEASON

The St. Louis Blues received some bad news this week as 23-year-old left wing David Perron will not be ready for the start of the season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in a game Nov. 4 against San Jose.

Perron, who stayed in that game and even scored a goal after taking an elbow to the head from Sharks captain Joe Thornton, didn't play again for the rest of the season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Perron and his agent, Allan Walsh, had a conference call with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and the club's medical personnel earlier in the week, where it was determined he wasn't going to be ready.

St. Louis opens the 2011-12 season at home Oct. 8 against Nashville.

"David has shown improvement. But it's not to the point where he's ready to come in and work out and start training yet," Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch. "The improvement took a big jump a few months ago, but it's been slow and steady now. We're going to continue down the course we're at right now. But where we're at now, in the summer and with training camp, we've decided to just move forward with the idea that David won't be ready for training camp … he'll just continue to progress and when he is ready, whatever time he is ready, he'll jump back in and start his training to resume his career. But we're not expecting him at training camp."

Armstrong added that a decision had to be made now so Perron won't have to answer any questions about his availability and the coaching staff knows exactly where the roster stands with training camp approaching.

"I think it's just better for David, for the coaches, for everyone to realize that he is progressing but we're not expecting him to be ready at training camp," Armstrong said.

Perron, who had 7 points in 10 games before Thornton's hit knocked him out for the season, hasn't even skated or lifted weights since the injury occurred.

"Not only is he going to have to get his skating legs back, he's going to have to get his body back in NHL shape," Armstrong said. "With that is going to come his puck skills, his hands and timing. There's going to be a process that he's going to have to go through once he does get medically cleared to do the physical training."

What remains unknown is when that may be.

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http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=589798

David Perron will be rejoining the St. Louis Blues monday. He will be addressing the media.

Hasn't played a game since last november, when he received a blindside hit to the head from Joe Thornton. Perron had post concussion syndrome for the remainder of the season and has not lifted a weight since the hit.

Perron appeared to be having a breakout year, by the time of the injury (10th game of season) Perron had 5 goals and 2 assists.

Favourite player going to work on coming back, Go Perron Go.

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David Perron has rejoined the St. Louis Blues more than 10 months after he was knocked out of hockey by a concussion.......hang in there Sid.
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Blues fire Payne, name Hitchcock coach

So,ya go with the hand that you fired in the first place? <_<

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