The Blues issues a press release earlier today that they’d released Jamie McGinn from his professional tryout, but Troy Brouwer was hanging around to soldier on. Even with Klim Kostin’s call-up, there could be space for a veteran player on the team who has experience with Doug Armstrong and the Blues. Army mentioned last week that they were looking for age and experience to bolster the team while Vladimir Tarasenko (five months) and Alexander Steen (one month) were out with injury.
Last night in the Blues’ 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sammy Blais was awkwardly checked into the boards by Erik Cernak. Blais left to go to the room holding his wrist and with a cut on his face.
Today the Blues announced that Blais was going to undergo surgery on his right wrist and would be evaluated in ten weeks. Blais has had a solid start to the season garnering top six minutes. He has five goals and three assists in 20 games, and his loss is going to ding the top six.
Fortunately the Blues have Klim Kostin ready to prove himself, and they signed Troy Brouwer to a one year contract today to help out as well. It’s a two-way deal worth $750,000, which gives the Blues both flexibility and a solid veteran voice in the room to fill in for Steen.
Brouwer is also not only a former Blackhawk, but a former Blackhawk playoff-hope killer.