(HockeyStL) -- The Blues announced Friday that they have placed injured forward Jason Arnott on the injured reserve. Arnott injured his shoulder a week ago after taking a hit and sliding heavily into the boards.
The Blues decision to place Arnott on the IR does not mean that he has regressed, it simply is a move that was made to free up a roster spot. The Blues (before placing Arnott on the IR Friday) had 14 forwards on their roster, which doesn’t leave room for any forwards to return to the lineup should any one of them become healthy before Arnott.
Andy McDonald is extremely close to returning, and could play as soon as Saturday, so placing Arnott, who was already confirmed out for the two weekend games, on the IR was the logical choice of action as McDonald will likely suit up for at least one of the two games this weekend.
Arnott has registered 12 goals and 12 assists in 49 games this season and has been a source of veteran leadership for the young Blues team.
The injury does appear to be more serious than originally expected, but it’s safe to assume that Arnott will not remain out of the lineup for too long.
The Blues are also without forwards Matt D’Agostini (upper-body), Alex Steen (concussion symptoms), and Andy McDonald (concussion symptoms). McDonald appears to be the only Bluenote close to returning.
Kris Russell was also missing from practice today, and he reportedly has the Flu. In the event that he is unable to play on Saturday, Ian Cole will likely get the call up as Kent Huskins is not yet ready to make his return to the lineup.
-- Andrew Allsman, HockeyStL