St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Blues have officially placed leading scorer Alexander Steen on injured reserve with a concussion, the second of his career with the team.
According to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, the move is retroactive to Dec. 21 and Steen will be out indefinitely.
“I say indefinitely because it could be day-to-day or week-to-week with a concussion,” Armstrong said during the Blues’ morning skate Saturday prior to facing the Chicago Blackhawks. “There’s no set timetable.”
“He’s not going to be going on this road trip coming up Sunday against the Dallas Stars and Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild, but he is exercising and we hope he has a speedy recovery,” he added.
Steen, who leads the Blues with 24 goals and 38 points, missed the game against the Calgary Flames Monday. Steen previously missed 39 games during the 2011-12 season with a concussion.
The Blues believe the root of Steen’s concussion symptoms began with an early-game hit against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 16 in which the Senators’ Zack Smith was given a penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Steen took another high hit from Douglas Murray after the whistle during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 19 and a final collision came two nights later against the Edmonton Oilers and former teammate David Perron.
Steen left that game after the second period and did not return. He returned to St. Louis and did not accompany the team to Calgary and flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he visited a concussion specialist Thursday who determined the symptoms.
“We wanted to give [Steen] some time to rest and then he went and saw a specialist that deals in these injuries on the 26th of December, came back with the report and the report is he is suffering from concussion-like symptoms or a concussion,” Armstrong said.
Steen signed a three-year extension prior to the game against the Canadiens and has been an integral part to the Blues’ success in recent seasons that have vaulted them at or near the top of the NHL standings.