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Blues announce that David Perron will return to team Monday

Despite a rough 2010-11 season, the St. Louis Blues have some reasons to be optimistic heading into next season.

Their offense might not have a genuine superstar, but it’s deep with options from young standouts such as David Backes and T.J. Oshie to newly added veterans Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. The Blues defense has some question marks, but many expect a lot from young offensive blueliner Alex Pietrangelo. They could even get a better year from their splashy 2010 goaltending addition, Jaroslav Halak.

The biggest mystery for the Blues is the health of another one of their young rising forwards, David Perron. After reaching the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career in 2009-10, Perron’s 10-11 season ended on Nov. 4, 2010 after Joe Thornton hit him right as he left the penalty box. Perron suffered a concussion that he’s still fighting through to this day, while Thornton received a controversial two-game suspension for that check.

It’s possible that he could be quite a few steps removed from being ready to go again, but the Blues announced some fantastic news today: Perron will return to the team and hold a press conference on Monday. This is a promising step in the right direction, although many (including Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford) believe that he won’t practice on Monday.

The recovery process for post-concussion syndrome can often be a mystery, but even if this is just a baby step in the right direction, it’s still great to hear that Perron is moving that way.

Bruins-Canucks Game 1 reactions: Claude Julien calls Alex Burrows bite ‘a classless move’

Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

Raffi Torres scored a goal with less than 20 seconds left to allow the Vancouver Canucks to earn a last-minute 1-0 win in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins Wednesday night. That narrow victory gave the Canucks a 1-0 series lead and an opportunity for fans to celebrate, but that contest didn’t necessarily provide a lot of insight into how this series might work out.

Post-game press conferences are often the place where coaches and players spout cliches and empty compliments to their opponents, with maybe a vague injury update dropped in here and there. That being said, they are often our best opportunity to take the pulse of winners and losers alike. Let’s take a look at some of the Game 1 reactions from both sides.

  • Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn’t see footage of Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron, but said it was “a classless move” if the allegations are true. (Which they are, of course.)
  • NBC caught up with Ryan Kesler after the game, which you can see in this video. Kesler added another bullet point in his Conn Smythe resume when he created as Johnny Boychuk turnover and then sent a great pass to Jannik Hansen, who set up Raffi Torres for that game-winning tap-in goal.

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  • Tim Thomas was outstanding in Game 1, but Roberto Luongo came out on top in that goaltending duel by stopping all 36 of the shots that he faced. Here’s what he said after Vancouver’s 1-0 win.

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Video: John Tortorella looks to future after Rangers’ first round defeat

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Four

(For a full recap of the Washington Capitals’ 3-1 win over the New York Rangers – a win that makes Washington the first Eastern Conference team to make the second round – click here. Consult this video for footage of Mike Green‘s scary injury and check out this post for Alex Ovechkin‘s outstanding game-winner. Want to see all the goals? This post has all four plus Net Cam highlights.)

Rangers fans are mourning their team’s final meaningful hockey game until October and the 2010-11 season rolls around. Meanwhile, hockey media members might be a bit sad themselves, but it won’t be for the lack of the Blueshirts as a whole. Instead, they’ll miss the occasionally uproarious commentary of head coach John Tortorella.

The outspoken coach was pretty even keeled in his post-game preference today, though. Torts correctly points out that the team could have a bright future considering their improving young players at the NHL level (with prime players such as Marc Staal and newbies like Derek Stepan) as well as promising prospects such as Chris Kreider. Sure, he discussed missed opportunities in this series, but the implication is clear: they might be better equipped to make good on them in the future.

Whether the Rangers go after a big free agent like Brad Richards or not, the team’s growth will still depend upon Tortorella’s teaching skills and their development process. Watch him discuss that future in the press conference video below.

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