(HockeySTL)-- The Blues added a little more muscle to their training camp roster on Tuesday after inviting enforcer Paul Bissonnette to their training camp. The forward will be attending the club’s camp on a tryout basis, with no guarantee of a contract.
Bissonnette was already in St. Louis participating in the team's informal skate on Tuesday, shortly after the announcment of his invite was made by the team.
The 29-year old is an unsigned unrestricted free agent and a veteran of six seasons. Bissonnette, who is better known as “Biznasty” on social media, has spent the last five seasons with the Coyotes’ organization and is coming off of a two-year, two-way deal with Phoenix.
Bissonnette made his debut with Pittsburgh in the 2008-09 season and has since appeared in 202 NHL games, accumulating seven goals, 22 points and 340 penalty minutes.
Last season, the Blues invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to camp on a tryout basis, but did not ink him to a contract for the start of the season. The Bissonnette experiment could end in a similar manner as the Blues have strong depth at the forward slot.
Including Bissonnette, the Blues will have 37 forwards appearing in camp. Of those, 12 are on one-way deals, but that’s not including Vladimir Tarasenko (two-way contract) and Jaden Schwartz (unsigned). Both of those players, if all goes as planned, are locks for the Blues’ opening night roster.
However, if Bissonnette impresses the Blues in camp, he could earn a contract with the team, but it would likely be a two-way deal. Bissonnette could also improve his stock around the league in the preseason and sign elsewhere if the Blues opt to release him.
The Blues’ first training camp session is on Friday, but the first workout that is open to the public will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scottrade Center.