St. Louis Blues Forward Chris Porter Out at Least Six Weeks with Leg Injury


As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jeremy Rutherford relayed following head coach Ken Hitchcock’s postgame press conference, the St. Louis Blues will be without forward Chris Porter for the foreseeable future. The 30-year-old left Monday’s win against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period, coming off the ice while placing little to no weight on his left leg. Hitchcock said that Porter will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

In a way that may be fortunate, because the way Porter came off of the ice on Monday night, it looked like he could have a torn ACL or broken ankle, which would certainly put him out for the rest of the season. The six weeks isn’t necessarily a timetable for his return, it’s just for re-evaluation, but it seems to suggest that there could be progress at that time. While this injury is undoubtedly frustrating for Porter, especially considering that he was in the midst of a great two-game stretch while contributing to a line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko, it sounds like he should return this season. That’s good to know for a veteran player like Porter on a team with as much potential as this one, as it may be his best shot at contending for a Stanley Cup.

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With Porter out of the picture, the Blues may keep forward Magnus Paajarvi, who they placed on waivers on Monday, with the NHL club for a longer time than originally planned (that’s assuming he goes unclaimed, as he’s expected to considering that he’s making $1.2 million this year). Forward Jaden Schwartz is likely on pace to return in early January, so he would probably be the player who would ultimately replace Paajarvi on the roster.

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