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Joel Edmundson getting close to return

The Blues will be getting a d-man back after losing Jay Bouwmeester.

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As Tom Timmerman so helpfully points out, Joel Edmundson’s injury against the Colorado Avalanche coencided with the start of the Blues’ seven game losing streak (thanks, Nail Yakupov, you got your revenge). Edmundson’s big presence on the blue line and willingness to step up for a hit or a fight was sorely missed - sans him and Bortuzzo, the Blues’ defense became more easy to push around.

Edmundson’s broken arm was set to heal in six weeks, but a minor miracle may be happening right now. He appears to be two weeks ahead of schedule.

“I feel good,” Edmundson said. “I’m getting better every day, that’s all you can ask for. I’m putting in the time in and the work. It’s my second day practicing with the team and it keeps feeling better. The doctor said it’s as sturdy as ever so we don’t have to worry about that.

”The next step might be getting into battle drills. For right now, I’m trying to get my shot back and getting the wrist loose again.”

Yeo and Edmundson wouldn’t tell Timmerman if Thursday was a go, but at least Blues’ fans may have something to kind of look forward to here soon.