First, let me say that I am a little bit sad and shocked right now... my favorite injury-prone player, the one I joke about most often when I think about players who need to be enclosed in bubble wrap, Beau Bennett, was put on waivers by St. Louis today. This is devastating to me for a couple of reasons. First, I really enjoyed watching him when he played in Pittsburgh a few seasons ago (during the stretches when he wasn't injured), but I am also disappointed because I am an even BIGGER fan of his BFF and Bromance buddy, former Penguin and current Blues D-man Robert Bortuzzo. I was all warm and fuzzy inside that they were going to be reunited in Blue Note jerseys this season. But it was apparently not meant to last, even though Beau is, ironically, not currently injured. We will see if any other teams pick up Beau (and his bubble wrap supply), but in the meantime I will sing some Sarah McLachlan and dry my tears with my Bortuuuuzzzzzzzo jersey... *sigh*
Ok, so back to the reason I started this post... Blues and injuries!
The news that Blues winger Robby Fabbri is out for the 2017-2018 with a reinjured left knee (the knee with the ACL that was surgically repaired in February) is the latest in a string of injury losses for the Blues... and it's still the preseason!
Fabbri joins wingers Zach Sanford (shoulder) and Alexander Steen (hand) along with center Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and D-man Jay Bouwmeester (ankle fracture) in the injury ranks.
Sanford is out indefinitely (at least 5-6 months) and Berglund is expected to return in December. The outlook for Steen sounds like he could be back within the next couple weeks, and Bouwmeester's status will be updated in 3 weeks after his ankle is reevaluated.
I'm curious to see how this affects the Blues as they start the season. They are currently 3-3 in preseason play with 2 games remaining. They will open their regular season on October 4th in Pittsburgh (after the Penguins raise their newest Stanley Cup Championship Banner).
But no matter what else happens, I hope the St. Louis training staff got the name of Beau's bubble wrap distributor... it sounds like they might need it! ;)
See you at center ice!