Blues' Russell out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms
St. Louis Blues' Kris Russell (4) vies for a loose puck with Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek MacKenzie (24) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce) By Bill Boyce
St. Louis Blues' Kris Russell, left, and New York Rangers' Derek Stepan collide while chasing a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(HockeyStL) -- The Blues updated the status of defenseman Kris Russell today and the report was something the Blues have heard before. Kris Russell is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms and has traveled back to St. Louis to be evaluated.
Russell left late in Thursday’s game and did not return. Hitchcock did not know the status of Russell after the game, but it appears now that he may have a concussion.
To compensate for the loss of Russell, the Blues have called up Ian Cole. Cole has played in 18 NHL games this season and has five points in those games.
GM Doug Armstrong may look to add defensive depth to the team before the February 27 trade deadline if the Blues find out Russell could miss significant time.
Russell is now the third Blues’ player that is dealing with concussion symptoms. Forwards Alex Steen and Matt D’Agostini are out because of concussions as well.