Author: Joe Yerdon

Jake Allen

Blues send Allen down, but Halak still not feeling well

The St. Louis Blues can never seem to escape questions about their goaltending.

Following their 5-0 blowout win against the Los Angeles Kings, the Blues sent down goalie Jake Allen. He was initially called up because Jaroslav Halak wasn’t feeling well and Brian Elliott needed a backup.

As Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares, Halak still isn’t feeling well.

“We just told Jaro it’s best to stay at home right now for a day or two until you feel cleared up,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It comes and goes. He feels good for a couple of hours and then he doesn’t feel good. He’s at 70 percent — it’s not good enough to play and it’s not getting any better, so a couple of days away I think will really help him.”

In that case, Allen shouldn’t get too cozy back in Chicago with his AHL team as the Blues will play next on Saturday at home against Columbus.

Going through this rotation of goalies has been something they’ve had to do the past few seasons in St. Louis. While it used to be Ben Bishop who did the bus riding from the minors to the pros and back, now it’s Allen.

You’d have to imagine going through this routinely isn’t too high on Hitchcock’s list of things he enjoys while coaching a Stanley Cup contender.

PHT Morning Skate: Hall not liking his chances for Team Canada

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Taylor Hall would love to be part of Team Canada at the Olympics, he just doesn’t think he’s done enough to prove it. (Sportsnet)

Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton are doing their part to help fill in for Dennis Seidenberg. (

The Blues already sent Jake Allen back to the AHL, but Jaroslav Halak still isn’t feeling well. (Post-Dispatch)

Dennis Wideman returned to Calgary’s lineup after missing a month with a broken hand. (Calgary Herald)

More Olympics talk: Blake Wheeler getting named to Team USA is just what he needed. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Meanwhile, Erik Johnson takes his Team USA snub to focus on helping the Avalanche make the playoffs. (Denver Post)

If you haven’t seen what Henrik Lundqvist’s mask for the Rangers’ Stadium Series games, you’re going to want to. His nod to the Yankees is pretty great. (Art of Dave)


The 2014 IIHF Hall of Fame class features Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Ruslan Salei among its six inductees. (IIHF)

Rangers waive Taylor Pyatt

Taylor Pyatt

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the New York Rangers have put 32-year-old forward Taylor Pyatt on waivers.

Pyatt, who is in the final year of a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the Rangers, has no goals and one assist in 22 games. He hasn’t played since December 12 against Columbus.

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan could be returning to the Rangers lineup soon and this move will help free up the roster spot to activate him. That said, Pyatt has struggled when he’s played this season.