Hello everybody, and welcome to the new Bleedin’ Blue blog! My name is Justin Stine, and I will be taking things over here for the time being. I want to let everyone know what to expect from the site, and I also want you to get to know a little about me. For any of you St. Louis sports fans who are familiar with Fansided, you may have seen me over at our Rams blog Ramblin’ Fan, where I have been the lead blogger for about 6 months. When I found out our Blues blog didn’t have a writer, I jumped at the chance to take it over. While I love football and the Rams, hockey will always be number one in my heart. I can’t wait to get this thing off the ground, and I hope we can make this the place to come for news, information, and opinions about the Blues.
A little more about me: I am currently employed as a sports reporter for a Southern Illinois newspaper, where I cover mostly high school and some smaller college sports. As you can probably tell, sports are my life, especially St. Louis sports. My dream is to be a beat reporter for an NHL team, and I don’t plan on giving that dream up any time soon.
As far as the plan for the site, I will be doing much of the posting here, although I am bringing in two contributing writers who will also be posting content on hopefully a regular basis. If everything works out, we will be providing plenty of content, and we also plan on bringing in a new dynamic in which we will team up for some posts to give plenty of differing opinions. Reader comments are encouraged, and we want to hear what all you Blues fans have to say about this team. Not only will we listen to you, but we will interact to most, if not all, comments posted on the site. We are fans just like you, and everyone is entitled to a voice. If anyone out there wants to join our blogging team, shoot me an email at [email protected] and let me know. This will be a fun trip, and we want you along with us for the ride.
For our first news report, it was actually a big day for the Blues, as the team signed three players. The Blues inked G Jaroslav Halak, winger Cam Janssen, and D Carlo Colaiacovo to deals. Halak was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz, and he will make $15 mil over the next four seasons. I think that is a pretty good number, and although it’s pretty high, it’s actually not as big a number as I thought it would be. The contract is back-loaded, so he will make about $2.7 mil next season. Good work by the front office to get this thing done. I will talk about these deals more extensively tomorrow, but I wanted to get some news into this first post.