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Report: Ewen’s death classified as suicide


Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen’s death is being classified as a suicide by police, CTV’s Amanda Singroy reports.

More specifically, Singroy reports that Ewen died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Blues chairman Tom Stillman released the following statement regarding Ewen earlier on Sunday:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Blue Todd Ewen. Todd was an outstanding individual who called St. Louis home and continued to devote much of his time to the game he loved. On behalf of the entire St. Louis Blues organization, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ewen family during this most difficult time.”

Ewen was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens team from 1993 and also played for the Ducks, Sharks and Blues.

As mentioned in this AP article, former teammates also shared their thoughts on Ewen.

The hockey world has reacted to the sad news, as well:

New Blues owner calls new spending a ‘smart investment’

Tom Stillman

St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman has been spending plenty of money this summer to retain key restricted free agents. He’ll have to spend even more to keep Alex Pietrangelo around as well, but that doesn’t bother him one bit.

The Blues haven’t been a spend-heavy team in a while, but Stillman tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’s OK with the money because of what it’ll bring.

“When we purchased the Blues a little over a year ago, we said that our plan was to straighten out the business side and put a strong, competitive, contending team on the ice,” Stillman said. “In my view, all we’re doing here is following through on what we said we would do. We’ve invested more heavily in the team itself, and we’re doing that because we want to win. We also think that is a smart investment because that is what’s going to make the franchise stable and sustainable as a business.”

Attendance has been a bit of a problem in recent years for the Blues thanks to issues with their ownership holding things down.

Now with Stillman in charge, the purse strings have loosened up a bit and guys like Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart, Jay Bouwmeester, and Derek Roy have benefited from that.

Now if they can just get Pietrangelo’s deal done everyone can get ready for the regular season.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Zach Parise has picked up a couple new suitors

Zach Parise

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.

You can officially add the Los Angeles Kings to the list of teams hot after Zach Parise. (Los Angeles Times)

The Ottawa Senators want a piece of the Devils’ captain as well. (Ottawa Sun)

Meanwhile, we’ll know by 10 a.m. ET if Parise is headed for free agency. (Bob McKenzie)

The Predators feel their signing of Paul Gaustad sends a message that they’re serious about free agency. That or they’re serious about spending a ton of (silly?) money to get above the salary floor and be a cap team. (Tennessean)

Meanwhile, the Preds trepidatiously wait Ryan Suter’s entrance to the free agent market today. (Tennessean)

Is this a “painfully thin” free agent market? (Buffalo News)

Bob Murray looks for big things to help improve the Ducks. Now if other GMs would stop ringing his phone off the hook for Bobby Ryan he could get to it. (OC Register)

Blues owner Tom Stillman has high hopes for his team in free agency to keep things rolling along. (Post-Dispatch)

Detroit’s free agent wishlist is actually pretty long today. Ken Holland better have a phone sewn to his ear today. (Detroit Free Press)

Meanwhile in Carolina, they’re excited by Jeremy Welsh and their prospect camp. (News & Observer)

PHT Morning Skate: Ilya Kovalchuk is getting good at silencing critics

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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.

The days of ripping Ilya Kovalchuk for not being a superstar invested in his team are over. (NHL.com)

Jordan Nolan isn’t the only guy in the Nolan family having fun these days. His dad Ted is busy with Team Latvia at Worlds. (L.A. Times)

Bet you didn’t know this: Ray Whitney used to be a stick boy for the Edmonton Oilers. (Edmonton Journal)

Jaroslav Halak says the Blues “didn’t accomplish anything” in the playoffs. Ouch. (Post-Dispatch)

On the positive side, Tom Stillman was approved by the Board of Governors to purchase the Blues. (Post-Dispatch)

Predators GM David Poile would sure love to keep the band together next season. Good luck with that. (Tennessean)

Contract talks with Erik Karlsson are going to take plenty of time to get sorted out. (Ottawa Sun)

Dan Cleary’s knee surgery went well and he should be ready to go next season. (Detroit Free Press)

Former Lightning head coach Steve Ludzik is battling Parkinson’s. (Tampa Tribune)

Former Red Wings and Lightning forward Shawn Burr is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant in his battle with acute myeloid leukemia. (London Free Press)

Report: Tom Stillman unanimously approved as new Blues owner

Blues beat Sharks

The Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership future is still fuzzy, but another surprise Western Conference upstart’s situation looks almost officially settled. Jeremy Rutherford reports that “a source” reveals that the NHL’s Board of Governors unanimously approved Tom Stillman’s aim to become the majority owner of the St. Louis Blues. Rutherford reports that a deal will be done as expected on Wednesday as a result.

Ownership changes are sometime volatile enough that many don’t feel comfortable until the ink dries, so in case you want something more official, Rutherford reports that a press conference is planned for Thursday.

Front office changes (such as rumors of Brett Hull and maybe even Keith Tkachuk becoming Blues suits) probably won’t happen until things get settled, according to Rutherford.

Much of the speculation from beat writers is that Stillman doesn’t have Terry Pegula-type deep pockets, but let’s face it; the Blues’ everything-by-committee approach might be their best recipe for success – especially since the majority of their team is young. Do you think St. Louis would be wise just to “improve from within” or did the Los Angeles Kings’ sweep indicate that they need more “star” power?