Jason Arnott

Minor eye surgery will sideline Jason Arnott for about a week

St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott underwent minor eye surgery to remove a cataract from his right eye today. The team reports that he’s expected to miss about seven days, which should give him plenty of time to be ready for their regular season opener against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Early indications are that the 36 year old forward will draw third line duty with fellow veteran free agent addition Jamie Langenbrunner and Alex Steen. Naturally, that role could change if he plays especially well or injuries wreak havoc on the Blues again. If so, he certainly has the experience to play a larger role – although it’s unclear how much gas he has left in the tank.

Arnott scored 31 points in 73 games last season. He generated 24 points in 62 games with the New Jersey Devils before adding seven during 11 games with the Washington Capitals. Arnott drew rave reviews for holding Caps teammates accountable, but parted ways with the team after that disappointing second round sweep. We’ll see if Arnott can make an equally positive impact on another young roster in St. Louis.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.