Just before the free agency period in the NHL opens up, the Blues announced an injury that could potentially impact the way they approach the rest of the summer, if only to a minor extent.
The Blues announced Wednesday that center Patrik Berglund underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. According to the press release, Berglund is expected to be sidelined until December. The surgery took place Tuesday, and comes after Berglund injured the shoulder during his offseason training program in Sweden.
Berglund just signed a contract extension last year, during a season in which he recorded a career-high in goals with 23. While the Blues added to the strength of their centerman depth with the additions of Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist through draft-night trades, the knowledge that Berglund’s potential production will be lost for the first couple months of the season could inspire Doug Armstrong to seek additional movement in the free agent market come July 1st.