Gunnarsson won’t be ready when Blues start the season

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As NHL training camps were about to begin in the middle of September, new St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson had hopes he’d be ready for the start of the season.

It now appears that won’t happen. Gunnarsson is coming off hip surgery completed at the end of last season. And his absence from the lineup when the season begins could be a big opportunity for 21-year-old prospect Petteri Lindbohm, a sixth-round pick of the Blues from 2012.

The Blues acquired the 27-year-old Gunnarsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Roman Polak at the NHL Draft in June.

Gunnarsson had said this summer that he was on schedule with his recovery.