Player Notes

  • Alex Steen could be ready for season opener
    Alex Steen (shoulder) might be ready for the regular season opener, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

    Advice: Steen had to pull out of the World Cup, but there's some optimism around his status for the start of the year. "We're still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he'll jump right into the flow drills — that's the idea now," Armstrong said. "But we're not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I'm not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he's in great shape, he's ahead of schedule and we're hoping that he's ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive." Whenever he returns to full health, Steen will be an intriguing fantasy option. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has already said that he plans on playing Steen with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo humbled to be named captain
    Alex Pietrangelo was humbled to be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The Blues made the announcement official during a news conference on Thursday. "Humbling is a good word," Pietrangelo said. "I’m excited, I’m nervous, I think it’s every emotion you can come up with. This group of guys who have worn the ‘C’ have carried themselves in a way that I want to carry myself. They still to this day carry themselves in a great way." He replaces David Backes, who went to Boston in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Robin Lehner pulls out of World Cup
    Robin Lehner has pulled out of the World Cup.

    Advice: Lehner has been dealing with an ankle injury. Getting healthy for the regular season is more important than making an appearance for Sweden. Lehner was also plagued by injuries last season, as he played just 25 games for the Sabres during the regular season. Jhonas Enroth will take his spot on the roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:08 am
  • Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden
    Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Enroth will replace injured Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. The 28-year-old played in 16 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) will be the other two goalies for Sweden. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 am
  • John Carlson (ankle) is feeling good
    John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

    Advice: Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 am

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