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Blues’ Shattenkirk ‘week-to-week’ as he recovers from abdominal surgery

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Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been out of the St. Louis Blues’ lineup since Feb. 1 recovering from abdominal surgery, says he’s now on a week-to-week time frame.

The 26-year-old met the media for the first time on Wednesday and discussed his recovery.

“I guess about a week ago now, the scar tissue released and that kind of spooked me a little bit,” said Shattenkirk per NHL.com. “They say if that happens, just take some time, take a day off, let it rest and it’s going to feel better, and it has. The groin is still something that I need to work on and strengthen, and then once that gets back, hopefully I can jump into real team practices and then get my conditioning back and ready for games.”

Shattenkirk got tangled with Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin during the Blues’ 4-3 win.

Tonight, when the Blues host the Flyers, will be his 18th game out of the lineup. St. Louis is 10-6-1 in his absence.

“It was a weird play,” said Shattenkirk. “I just kind of bumped Ovechkin and fell down. I tried to get up, and as I was sliding, my toes seemed to get caught in the ice and open my leg up as my body was still moving. I just felt a pop and instant pain in my belly and in my groin. I knew right away something was really bad. I’ve had little tweaks before, but this one felt instantly like something was wrong.

“That’s the thing, I didn’t really know what to expect, what it could have been. Once they gave the MRI, they showed the MRI and said that it was essentially torn off the bone at both spots on the right side and then on the left side in the ab as well. It was pretty amazing to know that that little play caused so much damage.”

Shattenkirk doesn’t have a specific game targeted for his return, but says the recovery process is on track.

“We’re kind of taking it on a week-to-week basis,” he said. “Thursday, I believe, will be five weeks out. It’s just going by the protocol and following it. I think as I talk to the doctors, and we kind of see how I’m feeling and what next steps we can take, that’s all you can really do. But I’m pushing for the six-week mark and I want to make that mark. But I also want to come back and be 100 percent, and obviously every knows that. I wouldn’t be helping the team out coming back any less than that, I think.”

Shattenkirk had eight goals and 40 points while averaging nearly 23 minutes a night in ice time in 49 games prior to the injury.

Blues beef up defense, acquire Michalek from Coyotes

Zbynek Michalek

The St. Louis Blues have bolstered their defensive depth for the playoffs, acquiring veteran Zbynek Michalek and a conditional third-round pick from Arizona, per ESPN.

UPDATE: Per ESPN, prospect Maxim Letunov is on his way to Arizona. The Russian forward was St. Louis’ second-round pick (52nd overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and is currently playing in the USHL.

Michalek, 32, has appeared in 53 games for the Coyotes this season but is currently sidelined with a concussion. Prior to getting hurt, he was averaging over 21 minutes a night and was one of the league’s top shot-blockers — he currently sits 12th in the NHL, with 130.

In St. Louis, he’ll join a blueline that’s relatively stacked with Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Carl Gunnarsson, Petteri Lindbohm, Ian Cole and Barret Jackman comprising the top-six. Once Michalek and Kevin Shattenkirk return from injury, Cole and Lindbohm are the two most likely to be dropped out of the lineup, but the pair will give head coach Ken Hitchcock nice depth options in the postseason.

For Arizona…well, the tank is officially on. The club has lost nine straight and shipped out three key pieces in Michalek, Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle over the last 48 hours. The Coyotes are now in a legit dogfight for top spot in the McEichel sweeps, along with Buffalo and Edmonton.

That said, Coyotes GM Don Maloney seems pleased with landing Letunov.

“Maxim is a big, skilled center with excellent upside,” Maloney said, in a statement. “He will play at Boston University next season who do a great job developing players We are excited to have him join our organization.”

Update: Michalek updated his current health status, per NHL.com’s Lou Korac…

Worth pointing out that Michalek isn’t coming to St. Louis cheaply — he’s on a five-year, $20 million contract with a $4M annual cap hit. That said, he is in the last year of that deal and an unrestricted free agent on July 1 — and Arizona will reportedly retain 50 percent of Michalek’s salary.

There’s some Flyers roster uncertainty ahead of Timonen’s potential return

Kimmo Timonen

From CSN Philly:

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) was expected to skate on Friday and did not. He is aiming to make his season debut Saturday against the Rangers.

However, for him to do that, the Flyers need to clear a roster spot.

As of noon Friday, no Flyer was reportedly on waivers.

Which means, either Timonen won’t play Saturday against the Rangers, or the Flyers were preparing to trade a player to create a roster spot for him.

Another possibility is that Timomen is the one who gets traded. Yes, a team would be taking a chance given he hasn’t played a game all season, but he’s apparently looked good at practice. The 39-year-old could easily end up worth the risk, if the price is right.

Just to throw a Stanley Cup contender out there — what about the St. Louis Blues, currently without Kevin Shattenkirk? That could be a fit, no? Can never have too many defensemen once the playoffs start.

Or, maybe the Anaheim Ducks. Currently struggling without Sami Vatanen, and pretty inexperienced on the back end anyway.

The Flyers currently have eight d-men on the 23-man roster: Braydon Coburn, Carlo Colaiacovo, Michael Del Zotto, Nicklas Grossmann, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, and Nick Schultz.

Update: We missed the part where Ovechkin said Getzlaf might be jealous because ‘he don’t have hair’


Earlier, we passed along Alex Ovechkin’s denial of Ryan Getzlaf’s diving accusations, but (regrettably) didn’t see that Ovechkin suggested Getzlaf’s comments might’ve come from follicle envy.

From the Washington Post:

After Ovechkin buried the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-3 win beneath his second four-point game of the season, his counterpart captain, Ryan Getzlaf, accused him of diving. Did Ovechkin have an answer?

“No response,” Ovechkin said, before then offering one. “Maybe he’s just jealous. I have hair, he don’t have hair. We can start talking about it all day long. I think it was comment because he was disappointed they lost. Again, it is what it is.”

You don’t normally hear players go after other players’ hair — or, lack of it — but I think Drew Doughty opened the floodgates during All-Star weekend in Columbus when he ripped on Kevin Shattenkirk’s salad during the Fantasy Draft.

As such, everything is f-hair game now.


Blues hoping to fill the Shattenkirk ‘void’

Kevin Shattenkirk

Two of the best teams in the NHL will meet tonight in St. Louis when the red-hot Blues host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

You never know, this may even be a Stanley Cup Final preview.

Granted, the mood in St. Louis hasn’t exactly been jubilant since it was learned that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk would be forced to undergo abdominal surgery and be lost indefinitely.

Shattenkirk has 40 points in 49 games, second to only Calgary’s Mark Giordano (43 points) among NHL d-men. His 20 power-play assists are the most in the league, tied with Arizona’s Keith Yandle.

“He’s a vital part of our team. He’ll be missed, but someone else is going to have to step up and fill that void,” forward David Backes said, per NHL.com. “We can’t dwell on what we’re missing. We’ve got to move forward with the 20 guys in the lineup, wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully he’s back sooner than later. But these things happen and everyone will have to pick it up just a little bit and keep moving forward.”

The Blues still have a couple of pretty good defensemen in Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo, but Shattenkirk’s absence will be felt in all situations, from even strength to the power play and penalty kill. Chris Butler is expected to draw into the lineup on defense, and he’s only played 20 games this season.

St. Louis will also be without key forwards Jori Lehtera (concussion symptoms) and Patrik Berglund (shoulder) against the Lightning.