The St. Louis Blues will have to continue on with their — thus far — successful season without the services of their leading goal scorer.
Alexander Steen, who sits second in the NHL in goals with 24, is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion. The news was first reported by Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Steen hasn’t played since last Saturday against Edmonton, and was originally listed as day-to-day up until the news broke of his indefinite absence from the roster. The concussion issues, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong, stem from multiple hits over the last few weeks.
Steen freshly inked a brand new three year, $17.4-million contract extension on December 19, just two days before playing his last game due to the injury. It’s safe to say that this isn’t start start that he, his team or fans expected to see after signing an extension that kept him from hitting the open market in June.
It goes without saying that making up for the loss of Steen will be tough, but with him out, the Blues will have to rely on David Backers, Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Stewart to make up for it. Backes currently sits second on the team in goals with 16; Stewart has 13.