Blues re-sign Chorney to one-year deal

St. Louis has signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced on Tuesday.

Chorney, 26, was the 36th overall pick at the 2005 Entry Draft, but has failed to make a major impact at the NHL level.

He’s appeared in 61 career contests — just two with the Blues — and spent all of last season with AHL Peoria.

It’s unclear exactly where Chorney will fit on St. Louis’ blueline in 2013-14.

Jay Bouwmeester, Barret Jackman, Roman Polak and recently-signed Ian Cole are all under contract, and deals for RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kris Russell will likely come soon.

The Chorney deal means Blues GM Doug Armstrong has two UFA defensemen left to decide on — Jordan Leopold and Jeff Woywitka.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: