Hitchcock thinks it may "be weighing on him." Lehtera back on ice, but now Steen's sick.
Veteran who hasn't scored a goal in 28 games with the Blues is now playing on a line with Backes and Oshie.
Hitchcock reunites defensive pair of Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester to carry workload.
#HockeyFightsCancer got underway Tuesday and will run through Nov. 17.
Fellow center Lehtera, recovering from flu, should be ready Thursday.
B.J. Crombeen signs a two-year, $2 million contract extension
Another one of those restricted free-agents has officially been retained by the Blues.
B.J. Crombeen, 25, avoided free-agency by re-signing with the Blues before July 1. The contract will reportedly pay him $950,000 next season and $1.05 million the following season.
Crombeen contributed seven goals, seven assists and 154 penalty minutes in 80 games for the Blues last season. Crombeen has been with St. Louis for the better part of his career, playing in 225 games in a Blues jersey. He has played in 248 total NHL games.
Crombeen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round (54th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Denver, Colorado native played with the Iowa Stars of the AHL and then the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL before getting his first crack at the Stars’ lineup. After playing in just 23 total games spanning over two seasons, the Stars placed Crombeen on waivers on November 18, 2008. The Blues picked him up and the rest is history.
“B.J. has been a true professional for the Blues organization on and off the ice,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said after the signing. “His gritty play and leadership qualities fit in well with our mix of players.”
NHL releases 2011-12 schedule
The waiting is over; the NHL officially released its schedule today.
Here are some of the highlights of the Blues 2011-12 game schedule:
Tuesday, September 20: The preseason will officially kick off when the Blues battle NHL ’12 cover-boy Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scottrade Center.
Saturday, October 8: Blues open the 2011-12 season at home against the Nashville Predators.
Saturday, October 8 – Friday, November 4: The Blues open the season with eight of their first 11 games at home.
Monday, December 26: The Blues will face-off against the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center in their post-Christmas game.
Month of January: The Blues will take to the road for only two games in the entire month (at Montreal January 10 and at Detroit January 23). This means that the Blues have a five-game home-stand in the middle of the month.
Saturday, February 25: The Blues will travel to Winnipeg for the first time since April 8, 1996 when they tied the Jets, 2-2. This will be the only meeting of the season between the Blues and the new Winnipeg franchise.
Sunday, March 11 – Sunday, March 25: The Blues take to the road for seven games, which will be the longest road trip of the 2011-12 season. In the full two-week period, the Blues will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes. The Blues will have four days to travel between Tampa Bay and Anaheim.
Tuesday, March 27 – Wednesday, April 4: The Blues will play all four divisional rivals. Nashville at home on March 27; travel to Chicago on March 29; Columbus at home on March 31; Red Wings at home on April 4.
Saturday, April 7: The Blues finish off the season at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas to face the Stars.
See the entire 2011-12 schedule at http://blues.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm
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