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|Three days after missing the playoffs Robert Newhouse Jersey , the St. Louis Blues learned their star forward Vladimir Tarasenko will need surgery on Wednesday for a dislocated left shoulder.
Tarasenko was hurt in the first period of the regular-season finale on Saturday in Colorado. The Blues needed a point in the game to reach the playoffs, but lost 5-2.
Tarasenko revealed he had a dislocated shoulder while standing with his left arm in a sling Tuesday as teammates cleared out their lockers. The recovery after surgery can take up to six months.
”We’ll see how it goes,” Tarasenko said. ”It was a hard year all the way around.”
The 26-year-old led the team with 33 goals and 66 points. It was his lowest point total in four seasons. The Blues won 44 games this season and finished with 94 points.
Mike Yeo wrapped up his first full season as the Blues coach. St. Louis is 66-40-8 since Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as coach on Feb. 1, 2017. That’s the 10th-best regular-season record in the NHL in that period.
But it’s little consolation for a team missing the playoffs for the first time after six straight seasons. Two years ago, the Blues were playing for the conference championship.
”We understand we’ve taken a step back this year,” General Manager Doug Armstrong said. ”That lies firmly on my shoulders. My job is to deal in reality. The formula we had this year did not breed success and we need to find that formula.”
Armstrong said the play of special teams needs to improve.
The Blues were 30th on power-play success at 15.4 percent. They finished 18th in penalty killing at 79.7 percent. During the previous six seasons making the playoffs, the Blues ranked No. 1 in the NHL in penalty killing with a rate of 84.3 percent.
However, the Blues scored only 38 power-play goals.
”As a coaching staff, I promise you we won’t just sit around and just assume things will get better next year Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey ,” Yeo said. ”We have to look at everything from the way we manage it, operate it and holding guys accountable and the personnel we’re using and the tactics.”
When Yeo coached the Minnesota Wild, the power play also was stagnant.
”I’ll take responsibility for it,” Yeo said. ”I don’t dodge that. That’s on me.”
Armstrong backs his coach.
”Mike and I are tethered together and we’re going to figure this thing out,” Armstrong said.
St. Louis was just 24-17 on home ice this season.
”You can’t have the home record we had and be satisfied,” Armstrong said. ”The people that come here work for a living and we need to send them home happy. If we’re in the top 10 in home records, we’re in the playoffs.”
The salary cap should increase about $4 million for next season. Armstrong said the Blues ownership will continue to spend to the cap.
”We spend to the cap,” Armstrong said. ”We’ve had a good run here. We’ve got to get back to that.”
Goalie Jake Allen was signed to a four-year, $17.4 million contract on July 1 Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , 2016. He finished with a 27-25-3 record, a 2.75 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and one shutout.
”I definitely need to be more consistent,” Allen said. ”I know I’m capable of it. I don’t think I need to change much. I’m a pretty good goalie.”
Backup goaltender Carter Hutton is an unrestricted free agent. Hutton was 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. He had three shutouts.
Armstrong said he wants to bring Hutton back.
The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their shortest training camp in recent memory Wednesday with a workout at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals reported on July 27 for their first camp under new coach Steve Wilks and scattered a handful of outdoor practices in the desert heat with workouts inside the air conditioned stadium.
"I thought we really came down here and accomplished a lot," Wilks said, "most importantly trying to emphasize and focus on the fundamentals and techniques of the game, trying to create that mindset, the physicality and most importantly the effort that's going to sustain us throughout the year."
Arizona plays its second preseason game at New Orleans on Friday night and will resume practices Sunday on the other side of suburban Phoenix at the Cardinals practice facility in Tempe.
The camp lasted less than three weeks.
"My mindset is to try to frontload on the front end," Wilks said. "I want to get back to Tempe so I can get these guys into a routine of how it's going to be during the season and really starting to get their mind right and most importantly get their legs back underneath them."
Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen Mario Lemieux Jersey , who figures to get some time with the first unit against the Saints, said he learned a lot in the camp and he's looking forward to getting a chance to play with the starters.
"It's awesome I get to run with really good players," he said, "hopefully complete a ball to Larry (Fitzgerald) and keep playing whether it's ones, twos or threes."
Wilks said Rosen had a good practice Wednesday.
He "looked real good today and I'm hoping that can translate over to the game on Friday," Wilks said. "He's still learning, he's still growing. He's a rookie and he's going to have some bumps here and there. But the guy has a short-term memory, which is great, and he's a great competitor."
Sam Bradford still has a firm hold on the starting quarterback job and figures to get more snaps than he did in the preseason opener Scott Laughton Jersey , when he played one series and threw just one pass 鈥?a 6-yard completion 鈥?in Arizona's 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cardinals, under what has become known as "the plan," have brought Bradford along slowly as he comes back from his latest knee injury. Bradford had regular days off during the camp.
"Like you guys have heard me talk about a million times," Bradford said, "just the plan that we had kind of put together when I got here in the spring and then at the end of the spring talked about training camp and having that plan in place and really sticking to that plan. I think my knee feels really good right now. I think my body's in a great place and so I think that those days off have come at the right time and kept my body where it is."
Notes: Wilks said WR Brice Butler probably would miss the Saints game with a foot injury sustained during practice earlier this week. ... The Cardinals re-signed S Harlan Miller and waived/injured CB Lou Young III. Miller played in seven games for Arizona the past two seasons.
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