Blues bring back a familiar face in Porter via camp PTO

AP

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.

Minnesota claimed him off waivers just prior to the start of the regular season, reuniting him with good buddy (and former UND teammate) Zach Parise.

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.

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