Blues place Roman Polak on IR

Blues place Roman Polak on IR

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 18: Roman Polak #46 of the St. Louis Blues and Rob Klinkhammer #36 of the Phoenix Coyotes fight for a loose puck in the first period at the Scottrade Center on April 18, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Andrew Allsman, HockeySTL

KMOV.com

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM

(HockeySTL)-- The Blues announced on Saturday that defenseman Roman Polak will be added to the team’s injured reserve list and is expected to miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury.

St. Louis now has four players on IR. In addition to Polak, forwards Vladimir Sobotka, Ryan Reaves and defenseman Jordan Leopold are unable to play.

Polak’s injury, which is believed to be a broken ankle according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, occurred in Thursday’s game against Montreal. The occurrence that caused the injury happened in the second period when Polak received a shove from a Montreal player and went sliding into the goal post and the end boards. Polak also became tangled up with fellow defenseman Barret Jackman on the play, which happened about midway through the period.

Polak was able to skate off under his own power and the defenseman remained on the team’s bench. He went on to accumulate 15:24 of ice time in the game.

Polak was not on the ice with the team for practice on Friday, but it was an optional skate so his absence didn’t stand out.

The injured defenseman has three goals, seven points and has played in all 34 games for the Blues this season.

With Polak unable to suit up for at least two weeks, the Blues are down to six healthy defensemen. Assuming the team decides against calling up a player from the American Hockey League, Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole will be everyday players for the team.

Defensemen Taylor Chorney and Cade Fairchild are two options the Blues have in the AHL. If the team changes their plans and decides to call for help from the AHL, those two players would be the likely options.

Chorney and Fairchild each have National Hockey League experience, which make them the likely candidates. Chorney has nine points in 25 games with the Chicago Wolves this season, while Fairchild has 11 assists in 14 games played.

Leopold has also been improving, and has been skating with the team on a consistent basis. Leopold was still wearing the red no-contact sweater and a hand splint on Friday, but was an active participant in most drills. It’s unknown if he will be ready before Polak’s return.

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