Tag: Chris Porter

Chris Porter, Roman Josi

More forward depth: Flyers give Porter two-way deal


The Philadelphia Flyers added yet another forward to their mix on Saturday, signing Chris Porter to a one-year, two-way deal.

The 31-year-old is one of those rare beasts: a ninth-rounder (282 overall in 2003) still kicking around the NHL and AHL.

He managed to play 24 games with the St. Louis Blues last season, giving him 173 career regular season contests overall, all with the Blues.

Philadelphia already boasted a lot of options at forward before this move, so maybe it’s a bit of a crowd now? (It’s tough to get too worked up about this specific deal, being that it provides flexibility with its two-way status.)

Armstrong doesn’t see the Blues, Tarasenko being ‘very far apart in dollars’

Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

Following the Blues first round exit to the Minnesota Wild, GM Doug Armstrong said his top priority was to sign pending restricted free agent Vladimir Tarasenko to a new deal.

“If it means allowing players to go to free agency, if it means making players sweat it out on what their deal’s going to be, he’s the priority for us,” Armstrong said in May.

It appears Armstrong is sticking to his word.

Last week the Blues informed Barret Jackman that he won’t be re-signed.

Pending unrestricted free agents Zbynek Michalek, Marcel Goc and Olli Jokinen all appear headed for the open market on July 1.

Additionally, there are no extensions planned for Chris Butler or Chris Porter prior to July 1.

“What we told all those players, all of our unrestricted players, is that they’ll enter free agency,” Armstrong told the St. Louis Dispatch. “That’s the plan. Now anything can change going up to it, but we understand where the cap is.”

Tarasenko’s three-year, $5.25 million entry-level contract expires next month.

The 23-year-old led the Blues in goals (37) and points (73) during the 2014-15 season.

Nearly two months removed from the club’s final game, there’s nothing to report in terms of a new deal.

“We’d like to get it done as soon as both sides are comfortable,” said Armstrong.“(Tarasenko) knows he’s going to be here, we know he’s going to be here,” Armstrong said. “When it happens, it happens.”

According to Jeremy Rutherford, the club has $57 million in contracts already on the books for the 2015-16 season. With the cap expected to be around $71.5 million, and 16 players under contract for next season, the club has roughly $14 million to play with.

Rutherford believes the Blues and Tarasenko’s agent have spoken this month, but Armstrong wasn’t interested in getting into the details.

“I don’t think it’s beneficial for Vladi or for us to talk about what’s going on behind the scenes,” said Armstrong. “Our team, when you look at the salary cap and you look at our structure, I would imagine that we’re not going to be very far apart in dollars. So, I have a really good feeling of what it’s going to take and I think he does, too.”

Welcome back: Blues re-acquire Cracknell from Columbus

Florida Panthers v Columbus Blue Jackets

The St. Louis Blues have brought a familiar face back into the fold, trading future considerations to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Adam Cracknell.

Cracknell, 29, made his NHL debut with the Blues in 2010 and spent four years with the club, appearing in 65 regular-season and 10 playoff games. He’s perhaps best known as part of the CPR Line — along with Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves — that provided a physical presence in a postseason series against Los Angeles a few years back.

Cracknell signed with the Kings last summer but never got a chance to play for the club during the regular season, as he was claimed off waivers by Columbus on Oct. 7. He’s since appeared in 17 games for the Blue Jackets, registering one assist.

Update: The Blues have announced Cracknell will report to AHL Chicago.

With Berglund and Lehtera out, Blues recall AHL sniper Rattie

Detroit Red Wings v St. Louis Blues

Ty Rattie is in line for one of the biggest opportunities of his young career.

The St. Louis prospect, who finished fourth in the AHL last year with 31 goals, has been called up to the bigs in advance of tonight’s game against Carolina.

St. Louis lost a pair of forwards to injury in last night’s win over Nashville — Jori Lehtera and Patrick Berglund — neither of whom will be available tonight. That’ll open the door for Rattie to play in just his third career NHL contest, and first this season.

The Blues’ second-round pick (32nd overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Rattie has 17 goals for AHL Chicago this season and was recently named to his first AHL All-Star Classic. With Lehtera and Berglund out (and Chris Porter on IR), St. Louis only had 11 healthy forwards on the active roster, so this marks a really good chance for the 21-year-old Rattie to get some minutes, and see if his minor-league scoring prowess can translate to the NHL.

Ducks’ Heatley clears waivers (Updated)

Dany Heatley

Anaheim Ducks forward, Dany Heatley, who was placed on waivers by the club Monday, has cleared.


The 33-year-old has appeared in six games for the Ducks this season in which he’s failed to register a point while carrying a minus-3 rating.

In 869 career NHL games with the Ducks, Wild, Sharks, Senators and Thrashers Heatley has 372 goals, 791 points and 620 penalty minutes.

Originally the the second overall selection at the 2000 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Heatley won the Calder Trophy has the league’s top rookie following the 2001-02 season where he scored 26 goals and 67 points in 82 games with Atlanta.

With the exception of a two-game conditioning assignment this season, Heatley has never played in the AHL.

Heatley is on a one-year, $1 million contract this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Steve Pinizzotto remains with the Oilers and participated in the team’s morning skate today.

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned goaltender Matt Hackett to the Rochester Americans.

With Magnus Paajarvi clearing waivers, St. Louis is expected to recall a forward from the Chicago Wolves. Paajarvi has been assigned to the AHL club. Chris Porter was placed on IR today. St. Louis currently has 21 players on its’ active roster.