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With Berglund and Lehtera out, Blues recall AHL sniper Rattie


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.

After Sobotka mess, Blues ‘comfortable’ Schwartz will get signed

Jaden Schwartz

Given how pear-shaped things went with Vladimir Sobotka, you couldn’t blame St. Louis fans for worrying about the status of the club’s other key unsigned RFA, forward Jaden Schwartz.

On Wednesday, GM Doug Armstrong tried to alleviate potential concerns.

“We’re in the initial process,” Armstrong said, via a live chat through the Post-Dispatch. “I had a conversation with Jaden’s agent yesterday and we’re working towards getting him signed.

“This could take some time but we’re comfortable that he will be at training camp.”

Schwartz, 22, is coming off a breakout campaign with St. Louis, finishing third on the team with a career-high 25 goals while averaging 17:32 TOI per game. The former first-round pick racked up 56 points and established himself as a valuable penalty killer, leading the team with three shorthanded markers.

He’s obviously an important part of the Blues’ future but, as history shows, St. Louis tends to play hardball with certain RFAs. In May, Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch there was no urgency to get deals done for Sobotka, Schwartz or Patrick Berglund, alluding to last year’s lengthy negotiation with Alex Pietrangelo (which led to Petro missing the start of training camp).

Then, in a twist, Armstrong flipped the script by inking Berglund to a three-year, $11 million pact in late June.

And then came the Sobotka situation.

Last week, Sobotka shocked everyone by inking in the KHL after the Blues filed for club-elected salary arbitration. Armstrong immediately set about explaining St. Louis’ offers, explaining the Blues tabled a multi-year deal (three, four, or five years, “at [Sobotka’s] choice”) at “north of $3 million” per season. The 27-year-old restricted free agent was then offered a one-year deal at $2.7 million per, or a two-year deal at $3 million per.

“Those haven’t got it done to this point,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong proceeded to explain he was holding out hope Sobotka would return to the club, and said he still intended to be at the arbitration hearing on July 21.

To give an idea of how tight negotiations were on this, consider what Sobotka’s agent — ex-NHLer Petr Svoboda — had to say in the aftermath.

“[Blues general manager Doug Armstrong] started at $2.4 million (for one season) and he came up to $2.7 million, so he gave me his best number,” Svoboda told the Post-Dispatch. “We were at one year, $3 million.

“Basically it was over $300,000. There was no room for negotiation. It was one year at $2.7 (million) — take it.”

So yeah. Could be a long summer for Schwartz.

Sweden beats Latvia 5-3, finishes group stage undefeated

Team Sweden celebrates forward Jimmie Ericsson's goal as Latvia goalkeeper Kristers Gudlevskis skates away during the 2014 Winter Olympics men's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It wasn’t the  blowout many expected, but Sweden still earned a convincing 5-3 victory over Latvia on Saturday to complete its sweep of Group C and secure no worse than a second seed in the playoffs.

Latvia played with a lot of tenacity and frequently challenged Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, but the Latvians also lacked discipline and that proved to be their downfall. Sweden’s first four goals were all scored with the man advantage. With several of the Swedes’ top forwards gone, they also relied on their depth to carry them through this contest as five different players found the back of the net: Patrick Berglund, Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Edler and Jimmie Ericsson.

Ericsson, a 33-year-old Swedish league forward playing on a team full of NHL talent, ended up the hero today by scoring the game-winning goal.

Latvian netminder Kristers Gudlevskis surrendered five goals on 29 shots, but was solid in spite of the scoresheet. The 21-year-old netminder serving in Tampa Bay’s minor league system made some impressive saves in this contest, even if the end result wasn’t pretty.

With this win, Sweden will wait for the conclusion of the Finland vs. Canada match on Sunday to find out where they will finish in the rankings. They are already guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals but, with a goal differential of just plus-five, Sweden won’t be able to rank higher than the winner of the Canada-Finland game if either of them get three points.

Therefore, Sweden needs to hope that the contest goes to overtime.

Latvia, meanwhile, lost all three of its group matches but with a goal differential of just minus-five, it has a good shot of finishing with the 10th seed, which is the highest among the last-place teams.

Florida’s Santorelli signs in Swedish second division


Another Florida Panther found work overseas on Monday as Mike Santorelli agreed to join Swedish second division club Tingsryds AIF.

Tingsryds plays in the Allsvenskan, the tier below the Swedish Elite League. Because of the controversy surrounding SEL clubs and the signing of locked-out NHLers, many players have opted to play in the lower league, one that is free of transfer issues.

Other NHLers currently suiting up in the Allsvenskan include Anze Kopitar, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikael Backlund, Matt Read, Carl Hagelin, Douglas Murray, Patric Hornqvist and Patrick Berglund.

As mentioned, Santorelli was the second Panther to find work on Monday. Fellow forward Tomas Kopecky signed with Czech Extraliga team Dukla Trencin earlier in the day.

Santorelli, 26, is coming off a tough 2011-12 campaign that saw him fail to build off his highly-successful 2010-11.

After a shoulder issue hampered his start to the year, Santorelli only appeared in 60 games (down from 82 in 2010-11) and saw his production fall across the board: nine goals (down from 20), two assists (down from 21) and 11 points (down from 41).

He also failed to appear in any of Florida’s opening-round playoff loss to New Jersey.

Santorelli is in the final season of a two-year, $3.6 million deal signed with the Panthers in 2011 — he’ll become a restricted free agent upon its expiration.

Of note, he’ll be joining his brother, Mark — a former Nashville Predators farmhand — with Tingsryds.

Blues’ D’Agostini off to German second division


Germany’s second-tier Eishockey Bundesliga is turning into one of the major benefactors of the lockout.

Having already secured the services of Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi, the ESBG has now added St. Louis forward Matt D’Agostini to the fold.

D’Agostini will suit up for SC Riessersee (according to the Riessersee website), a club currently tied for dead last in the 13-team circuit.

The 25-year-old is coming off a tough 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss 26 games with a concussion. The injury was doubly frustrating given that, the year prior, D’Agostini enjoyed a breakout campaign with the Blues, scoring 21G-25A-46PTS while appearing in all 82 games — a performance that earned him a two-year, $3.3 million extension with the Blues in July 2011.

With the move, D’Agostini becomes the latest Blue to try his hand overseas. The team has seen a large number of players go aboard in search of work: Stewart, Vladimir Tarasenko (KHL), Vladimir Sobotka (Czech Extraliga), Patrick Berglund (Swedish second division), Roman Polak (Czech Extraliga), Alex Steen (Swedish Elite League) and Kris Russell (Finland).