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Joel Edmundson out for at least six weeks

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This is a problem for the Blues’ defense.

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Let’s call this one Nail Yakupov’s revenge. Last night a slapshot by the former Blue made contact with Joel Edmundson’s arm, causing the defenseman to leave the game with an “upper body injury.” As our own Jeff Jones pointed out, it was more severe than that:

And then this today, from the Blues:

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson has undergone successful surgery after suffering a broken right forearm during the first period of the Blues 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Edmundson’s surgery was performed by Dr. Charles Goldfarb, Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Edmundson has been placed on injured reserve and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

In addition, the Blues announced they have recalled defenseman Chris Butler from the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage.

Edmundson is a top-four defenseman and he absolutely must be replaced for the final stretch of the season by someone not named Bortuzzo or Butler. This almost necessitates that the Blues are active at the trade deadline, though instead of bringing in that forward everyone was clamoring for, now they’ll have to deal for a defenseman.