Stastny returns to camp while awaiting birth of baby -

Stastny returns to camp while awaiting birth of baby

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After missing the first on-ice session of training camp Friday, forward Paul Stastny skated as-scheduled Saturday morning. The center was absent Friday due to personal reasons as he and his wife awaited the arrival of their new family member.

“It’s personal time for him,” head coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters.

Stastny said Saturday that he had no updates to report on the baby front as the waiting game continues.

“No news yet,” he said. “You feel helpless. You just kind of do everything you can to help. In that position, anyone with a child knows the mom takes all the pain.”

The forward was checking his phone in-between sessions Saturday but said there was no news as of that morning, which he said was “good news”, currently.

“We tried a process yesterday but not too much is happening,” Stastny said. “We have a pretty good idea that it most likely won’t be until tomorrow afternoon. Between sessions I’m sort of checking my phone.”

The Stastny’s do expect to welcome their new baby into the world within the next few days, so it is possible that Stastny will miss another session.

“I think in the next 36 hours she will definitely be here,” he said.

During Saturday’s session, Stastny was centering Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, a line combination that could carry into the regular season.

Stastny is expected to have an increased role this season, potentially centering the Blues’ top line. The forward signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues an offseason ago. He is entering the second year of the deal and coming off a 46-point debut season with the club.

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