St. Louis Blues Place Joel Edmundson on IR, Recall Petteri Lindbohm, Send Ty Rattie Down for Conditioning


The Blues made a flurry of roster moves in the wake of Joel Edmundson’s injury.

The St. Louis Blues announced several roster moves on Monday afternoon, placing defenseman Joel Edmundson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury that he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Colorado Avalanche, recalling defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves, and assigning forward Ty Rattie to the Wolves for a conditioning assignment.

Edmundson will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He had played in all 13 of the Blues’ game to begin the year, collecting an assist with a minus-3 rating. He’ll now be replaced on the roster by Lindbohm, who has played in 33 games for the Blues over the past two seasons, scoring two goals with an assist and a minus-5 rating.

Lindbohm was injured and unavailable last week when the Blues needed an extra defenseman, so they recalled Brad Hunt for a day with Alex Pietrangelo‘s availability in question for last Thursday’s game. Ultimately, though, Pietrangelo played and Hunt was sent down Friday.

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With Lindbohm seemingly in the fold for the next few weeks, he’s likely to get some action. For a variety of reasons–the fact that Bortuzzo plays a rugged game and tends to wear down after a while, as well as the fact that Lindbohm’s lefthanded shot balances out the Blues’ defensive corps, while Bortuzzo is a righty shooter and leaves the group unbalanced–it’s easy to see a scenario where Bortuzzo and Lindbohm become part of a rotation.

The Blues have two sets of back-to-backs over the next three weeks–the first one on Wednesday and Thursday, as they’ll host the Blackhawks on Wednesday and then travel to visit Nashville the next night, and the second in Boston and Washington on November 22 and 23–so there will be ample opportunities to get all the defensemen involved.

Rattie has been limited this season due to his relative lack of versatility, as he only plays right wing and plays a style that is ill-suited for the fourth line. Since the Blues collected two impressive wins with the same group of forwards this weekend, they may stick with the same 12 for a while. If there’s an opening, though, Nail Yakupov seems to have a better chance to get back into the lineup than Rattie would.

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With the 23-year-old winger unlikely to get into the lineup in the near future and having been mostly inactive since training camp, this is a good opportunity for him to get some playing time without having to pass through waivers. Rattie is allowed to remain with the Wolves for up to 14 days, but it’s unknown whether he’ll stay that long. The Wolves play five games over that period, though there’s a five-day layoff between games from this Saturday to next Friday, so it’s highly possible that he’ll return to the Blues during the early part of next week.