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Via NHL.com, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jesus Ortiz regarding the possibility of Pietrangelo succeeding David Backes as the Blues' next captain:
“Yeah, I would welcome the responsibility,” he said. “I think being so close with Dave over the five years he was captain, I’ve learned a lot from him just kind of sitting back and seeing how he operates on a daily basis. Not only on the ice but off the ice, which is a big part of it trying to keep the locker room together and doing the off-ice stuff.
“He was always trying to help me through that. I think he knew this opportunity might come some day for me. He was always willing to answer my questions, and I was always eager to ask him. So if there is a guy that I was lucky to learn from, it was him. Being such good friends of his made it that much easier.”
Blues GM Doug Armstrong tipped his hand ever-so-slightly as well:
The only information from the Blues is Steen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has activated forward Alexander Steen from injured reserve. Steen will be in the lineup when the Blues host Anaheim tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center.
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
While this season looks like an out-of-body experience for Alex Steen (20 goals and 32 points and plus 13), St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock says this is no one-off.
He’s the real thing, and the Blues have to resign him for, say, five years at between $5.5 million and $6 million a season. He’s UFA.
“Steen is the closest thing I’ve seen to Jere Lehtinen in the last 15 years,” said Hitchcock, who had the gifted winger Lehtinen on his 1999 Cup team in Dallas.
“He’s hard on every puck, he plays against the other team’s best players, kills penalties when we’re down two men with David Backes.”
He’s a prime Selke contender as best two-way forward.
Hmm, an Avalanche goalie having a problem with catching the puck...
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
The numbers are incredible for Winnipegger Alex Steen so far this NHL season, but St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says they don't even scratch the surface of how good the 29-year-old left-winger has been.
"Everybody is talking about the offensive numbers," Hitchcock said, as the Blues prepared to host the Winnipeg Jets at the Scottrade Center Tuesday night.
"This is just the evolution of a complete player. He's got a good conscience for the game. He sees the game properly. He understands 200 feet offensively and defensively. He gets the idea of proper positioning with pressure. He's able to absorb any role we give him.
"I think all of us are really happy for his offensive numbers, but we're more happy with the way his game has evolved. He has become the collective conscience of our hockey club. On the ice, off the ice, in the weight room, anywhere.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced the club has placed forward Andy McDonald on Injured Reserve today. McDonald is listed as week-to-week after suffering a left knee injury during practice yesterday at St. Louis Mills. In addition, the Blues have listed forward Alex Steen as day-to-day with an upper body injury. Steen was also injured during yesterday’s practice.
I do believe this is the fourth night in a row we’ve witnessed s skate to the head/face of a player.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A Winnipeg native and the son of a former Jets’ star, Blues forward Alex Steen had the game Saturday at MTS Center circled on his calendar. But still suffering from concussion symptoms, Steen watched his 26th consecutive game in a suit.
“It’s hard,” Steen said. “The whole process has been really, really hard on me, not being able to play. Tonight has been really emotional. This one hurts, not being able to play.”
Steen, who suffered the concussion against Dallas on Dec. 26, recently had been practicing with the Blues, but stopped last week. He acknowledged Saturday that skating has led to vision problems.
A variety of treatments hasn’t stopped Steen’s symptoms, so he’s planning to travel to California where he’ll spend at least two weeks receiving therapy in a hyperbaric chamber, similar to the treatment used by Blues forward Andy McDonald and former Blue Paul Kariya.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has placed center Alex Steen on injured reserve.
Steen injured his right wrist Thursday night in the Blues 3-2 overtime loss in Phoenix. After being examined by Dr. Richard Gelberman, it has been determined that Steen fractured his right wrist and will be out approximately six to eight weeks.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.
So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….
How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?
We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.
We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .