Well, this is good. Robby Fabbri was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage on conditioning assignment today. Also good news, apparent defensive keystone Carl Gunnarsson is on the same assignment through Sunday.
Not good news: Sammy Blais has been sent down.
To be fair, that’s really only not good news to Blais, as Fabbri has been a long-awaited addition to a team who can’t string two wins together. Gunnarsson as well has turned into a player that the Blues need to get back in the roster ASAP. With Robert Bortuzzo questionable for tomorrow night’s game, that means Jay Bouwmeester is back in Thursday night. After Monday night’s game, which is probably best not discussed for everyone’s sake (but that Dan talked about anyway), the sooner that Bortuzzo or Gunnarsson returns and Bouwmeester continues his path out to pasture, the better.
Yeo, for his part, is excited about Fabbri returning (“I’m anxious to have him back”) and pretty ok with JBo, which is impressive all things considered.
“Am I concerned (about Bouwmeester)?” Yeo said. “No, I’m not concerned. He’s missed a lot of time. If he’s playing like this three weeks from now or a month from now ... I think it’s unfair just to pin it on him. Obviously the PK goal bounces off him, that’s a tough bounce, but I thought he did a lot of good in the game too. I understand he’s probably a little bit of a lightning rod right now. That’s the reality and that’s the world we face in pro sports. When you lose hockey games, they ask why and when you win hockey games, they ask why.”
I think Jeff answered that question.
Jay Bouwmeester played two more minutes at even strength than Alex Pietrangelo last night.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) October 23, 2018
Vince Dunn did not see the ice in the last 7:41 of regulation.
Bouwmeester was on the ice for 4:20 of that 7:41.
That’s coaching. That can’t happen. #stlblues
Gunnarsson can’t return soon enough.