Magnus Paajarvi

Arbitration avoided: Blues ink Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year deal


The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, one-way contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the deal is worth $700,000.

Paajarvi filed for player-elected arbitration prior to Sunday’s deadline.

The 24-year-old split last season between the St. Louis Blues and the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

In 10 games with the Blues, Paajarvi registered an assist and a minus-2 rating. He scored 11 goals and 18 assists in 36 AHL games.

Paajarvi was acquired by St. Louis from the Edmonton Oilers in the David Perron trade in July 2013.

Ducks’ Heatley clears waivers (Updated)


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.

Blues waive Paajarvi; Brodeur to stick around?


The St. Louis Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on waivers Monday, possibly in order to keep three goalies — specifically, Martin Brodeur — on the active roster.

More, from’s Lou Korac:

Elliott has been medically cleared to play and could be back in tomorrow against Nashville (Brodeur will start tonight against Colorado), leaving the Blues with a logjam in goal as Jake Allen also remains in the mix.

It’s possible the club isn’t convinced Elliott can stay healthy for the long-term, hence a move to keep Brodeur around.

As for Paajarvi, he was a bit player in St. Louis this year. The former first-round pick played in just 10 games and averaged under 10 minutes per night, but could be picked up by a team looking for forward depth.

Paajarvi, who’s still only 23 years old, is in the last of a two-year deal that carries a $1.2M cap hit.

Oshie (family reasons) out tonight vs. Kings


St. Louis will be without one of its most in-form forwards for tonight’s big tilt against the Kings.

T.J. Oshie, who has three goals and six points in his last six games, is being held out of the lineup due to family reasons, the Blues announced shortly prior to puck drop. No specifics were given regarding Oshie’s absence, though St. Louis did note his absence would be brief, and would rejoin the club on its upcoming road trip through Los Angeles, San Jose and Colorado.

The 27-year-old has five goals and 12 points in 23 games this year, averaging just under 19 minutes per night.

Magnus Paajarvi is likely to draw into the Blues lineup as Oshie’s replacement.

Report: Perron could be headed to Columbus


On Sunday afternoon it was reported Oilers forward David Perron’s name has surfaced in trade talk.

It appears the Oilers may have found a taker.

TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have had discussions on a trade, which would see Perron head to Ohio in exchange for center Artem Anisimov.

As Ward points out, both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekelainen were with the St. Louis organization when the Blues selected Perron.

Perron, 26, was the Blues’ first-round pick (26th overall) in 2007. He has 30 goals and 67 points in 99 games since joining the Oilers in a July 2013 trade, which saw Edmonton send Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick to St. Louis.

Anisimov, 26, was the Rangers second-round pick (54th overall) in 2006. The center was dealt by New York to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade during the 2011-12 season. Anisimov has two goals and six points in 14 games this season.