Some Blues fans were hoping that Troy Brouwer would make his re-debut with the team last night. He’s been skating with them and is ready to play, but didn’t lace up last night. He won’t be lacing up tomorrow night against the Nashville Predators, either, it seems.
The work visa process is taking longer than expected, and it doesn’t seem like Brouwer got the green light to participate in tomorrow’s game. According to Tom Timmermann, Brouwer was still waiting for the visa to come down the pipe by the end of the day on Friday. Government offices aren’t open over the weekend, so the best Blues fans can hope for is for him to return on Monday against the Predators in the back end of the home and home.
“As of this morning, we were still waiting,” Brouwer said. “It used to be easier, but I think with the new policies it’s a little more difficult. Before, every time I would come down, it would be a day or two tops. The other thing, I’ve been in the United States for 12 of the past 14 years. You don’t think I’m a trusted traveler?”
It’s not like the Blues need him right at this moment. The team handed the Calgary Flames their sixth straight loss last night - a 5-0 embarrassment - and the Nashville Predators have had a less than stellar start to their season. They’re 9-9-3 and sit in 6th place in the Central Division, their 21 points putting them between the Blackhawks and Wild.