Alex Pietrangelo congratulates Jaroslav Halak

The Blues have a ‘plan’ to battle Olympic fatigue


We mentioned Tuesday that Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit each have 10 players going over to Sochi for the Olympics, tied for the most out of all 30 NHL teams.

As such, we wondered if Olympic fatigue would be a factor once the Games were done.

Turns out the Blues have been wondering about that, too.

“We have a plan we’re working on,” general manager Doug Armstrong told “We’re going to give guys extra days off, and possibly certain players will get a game off or two. We don’t want short-term goals to override long-term goals. We want to make sure we’re as well-prepared energy-wise for the playoffs.”

With three Americans, two Canadians, and two Swedes representing the club in the Olympics, it’s possible St. Louis could have four or five key players in the gold-medal game on Feb. 23.  That wouldn’t leave much of a break for those players, considering the Blues are back in action on Feb. 26, in far-flung Vancouver of all places.


Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

Ryan Wilson, Sidney Crosby
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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.