St. Louis has signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced on Tuesday.
Chorney, 26, was the 36th overall pick at the 2005 Entry Draft, but has failed to make a major impact at the NHL level.
He’s appeared in 61 career contests — just two with the Blues — and spent all of last season with AHL Peoria.
It’s unclear exactly where Chorney will fit on St. Louis’ blueline in 2013-14.
Jay Bouwmeester, Barret Jackman, Roman Polak and recently-signed Ian Cole are all under contract, and deals for RFAs Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kris Russell will likely come soon.
The Chorney deal means Blues GM Doug Armstrong has two UFA defensemen left to decide on — Jordan Leopold and Jeff Woywitka.
Wade Redden is all set to make his St. Louis debut.
The veteran defenseman — who signed with the Blues on Jan. 18 — has been activated by the club and could be in the lineup for Thursday’s home game against the Nashville Predators.
Redden will reportedly wear No. 6 for St. Louis. (Last worn by the immortal Kent Huskins.)
In a related move, the Blues assigned defenseman Ian Cole to their AHL affiliate in Peoria.
Cole, 23, has appeared in all three games for the Blues this season, averaging 17:49 TOI while registering one assist.
The reason for sending Cole to the minors is purely procedural. Earlier in the day, St. Louis put defenseman Jeff Woywitka on waivers — Cole’s demotion is temporary while the club waits for Woywitka to clear.
According to Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat, Cole should return to St. Louis in time for Thursday’s game against the Preds.
Veteran NHL defenseman Colin White will be at St. Louis training camp on a tryout basis, according to the Blues website.
White, 35, spent last season with the San Jose Sharks, appearing in 54 games while registering 1G-3A-4PTS and averaging just under 15 minutes per game. He also appeared in three of San Jose’s five opening-round playoff games (against St. Louis, oddly enough.)
White’s best years came with New Jersey in the early parts of the 2K era. He won a Stanley Cup in his rookie season (1999-2000) and a second in 2002-03, when he averaged over 22 minutes per playoff game.
It’s not surprising the Blues wanted to add some defensive depth heading into camp. They’re currently rolling with a six-man rotation (Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alex Pietrangelo, Roman Polak, Kris Russell, Ian Cole) with Jeff Woywitka on a two-way deal.
Also in the blueline mix are Taylor Chorney, Cade Fairchild and Mark Cundari, who were recently recalled from AHL Peoria.