Chris Porter, who made his Blues debut eight years ago and appeared in nearly 200 games with the club, is headed back to St. Louis on a training camp tryout, per the Star-Tribune and Fox Sports Midwest.
The 32-year-old had a whirlwind ’15-16 campaign. After he and the Blues were eliminated in the opening playoff round, Porter left and signed a one-year deal with Philly, but never played a single game for the Flyers.
With the Wild, Porter had a fairly effective campaign in a defensive forward/checking role — four goals and seven points in 61 games, appearing in all six of Minnesota’s opening-round playoff games.
Porter is just one of several veterans going to Blues camp this fall on a PTO. Others include Eric Nystrom, Mike Weber, T.J. Galiardi and Yan Stastny.
This is a familiar move from St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong. Last year, veterans Scott Gomez and Scottie Upshall both came to camp on a tryout basis, and both ended up scoring contracts.