Alex Pietrangelo, Scott Nichol

Alex Pietrangelo’s injury rehab is going strong

The Blues saw their playoff run interrupted thanks to an injury to stud defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. While he missed just one game of the Western Conference semifinals against Los Angeles, a knee sprain was enough to make him not quite as strong as Blues fans had gotten accustomed to.

Pietrangelo tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’s feeling better about his knee than ever.

“It took about two or three weeks, staying off lateral stuff and all that,” Pietrangelo said. “But to be honest with you, it felt strong the whole time as soon as I stopped skating. It feels fine now. I don’t have any issues with it. I think it progressed better than I thought it would.”

That’s good news for the Blues as Pietrangelo was a breakout star last season helping to solidify a Blues defensive corps that needed a big player. He was a guy many thought could’ve been a Norris Trophy finalist this past season and may get his opportunity to do that having a healthy knee once again.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.