UPDATE 2, 2/23: Gunarsson is on the IR for the remainder of the Blues’ regular season schedule. This season was the final year of Gunnarsson’s two year contract worth $1,750,000 a season. Chances are good that last night may’ve been his final game as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
UPDATE, 2/23: Gunnarsson has been placed on the injured reserve list. He’s now the fifth Blue on the list, joining Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev, Tyler Bozak, and Robert Thomas.
Burn the Reverse Retro jerseys; they’re obviously jinxed.
Today, we got the good news that Tyler Bozak was out with the team during the morning skate. He didn’t play during the Blues’ contest against the Kings, but some signs of progress on the injury front is a good thing.
All that glitters is not gold, unfortunately. Tonight during the second period, defenseman Carl Gunnarsson went down in a collision with Gabriel Vilardi. It looked innocuous enough on the initial play, but the replay shows the awkward way that Gunnarsson’s right knee moved:
Carl Gunnarsson exits under trainers' assistance after suffering an apparent lower-body injury.— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) February 23, 2021
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Clearly, Gunnarsson was in distress on his way off of the ice. He did not return to the game, and will be evaluated tomorrow.
Next up on the call-up sheet is Niko Mikkola, who has played well in his nine games for the Blues this season.
This loss comes on the heels of speculation and reports that the Blues’ top defenseman, Colton Parayko, had been playing with a back injury for several weeks (subscription to the Athletic required). His ice time had been curtailed before he was eventually benched as a precautionary measure. Future plans for Parayko’s return, let alone a timetable, are unknown.