Shattenkirk ready? Blues send Butler to AHL

In a move that may signal the return of Kevin Shattenkirk, the St. Louis Blues announced today that they’ve assigned defenseman Chris Butler to AHL Chicago.

Shattenkirk has been on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He’s only played three games this season; his last was on Oct. 13 versus Calgary.

Last week, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Shattenkirk was close to returning.

“He’s days away; he’s not weeks away,” Hitchcock said, per NHL.com.

The Blues’ next game is Saturday in Nashville.

With Shattenkirk, the Blues would have seven healthy defenseman.

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