It appears Chris Stewart’s press box exile was a short one.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the 24-year-old power forward will be back in the Blues lineup tonight after being made a healthy scratch for Game 2.
Stewart skated alongside Jason Arnott and Vladimir Sobotka on St. Louis’ third line during Monday’s pregame skate, suggesting that 1) Jamie Langenbrunner will be moved down to the fourth line, and 2) judging by the rushes, Matt D’Agostini is the odd man out.
Dropping Stewart from the lineup was just one of the changes Ken Hitchcock made for Game 2, and given how well those changes worked — the Blues looked solid and spirited in a 3-0 win over San Jose — it’s a little surprising that he’d tinker with the formula.
That said, it would also be tough to imagine Hitchcock banishing Stewart for any length of time. Even in a down year, Stewart scored 15 goals for St. Louis after posting back-to-back 28-goal campaigns — that goalscoring ability is key for a Blues team that does, on occasion, struggle to put pucks in the net.
In short, putting Stewart in the press box for a game was probably Hitch’s way of delivering a wake-up call. And it sounds like Stewart got the message.
“I do hope I get a chance to get back in there and show him that I can play,” Stewart said after learning of his Game 2 demotion. “This isn’t the time of the year to pout or get down on yourself. We’re a team, we’ve got to stick together, and they’re going to need me eventually in this series.
“When I get the chance again, I’ll be ready.”
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.