File image of St. Louis Cardinals manager La Russa reacts after his team defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

Tony La Russa will drop the puck at “Cardinals Night with the Blues”

On Friday, the St. Louis Blues will host the Vancouver Canucks at the Scottrade Center in what’s being called “Cardinals Night with the Blues.

In case the name didn’t give it away, “Cardinals Night with the Blues” is a chance for St. Louis fans to celebrate the local baseball team, which recently won a big match or something. (*Jokes*)

There are several initiatives planned for the game, including:

— Mezzanine Level tickets for $11.11. This is in honor of the Cardinals winning their 11th World Championship in 2011. Imagine if the Phoenix Coyotes had tried this when the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first World Series in 2001.

— The chance to honor Game 7 winner Chris Carpenter’s No. 29 jersey with a Plaza Level ticket for just $29. So, who’s gonna be the cheapskate that shows up in a No. 3 Ryan Theriot jersey, claiming it’s to honor his 0-for-5 effort in the finale?

— Fans wearing Cardinals gear at the game can visit concession stands for buy one, get one free hot dogs. I can just see the potential confusion here. “Sir, that’s an Arizona Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s a Louisville Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s an actual cardinal. We’re calling animal control.”

— Recently-retired manager Tony La Russa will be in attendance to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The Blues website says that other “Cardinals guests” will also be in attendance — wonder if one of them will be World Series MVP David Freese who, according to CBC’s Gord Stellick, is a big hockey fan that grew up idolizing former Blues defenseman Al MacInnis. (MacInnis is now a member of the Blues’ front office.)

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
Leave a comment

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
Leave a comment

The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”