Blues’ Jake Neighbours and Josh Leivo assigned to Springfield, but aren’t going anywhere

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Just after Monday’s 4 p.m. (St. Louis time) time limit to flip in preliminary regular-season rosters to the NHL and be salary-cap compliant, the Blues introduced that forwards Jake Neighbours and Josh Leivo were assigned to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL.

This was once a paper transfer to get beneath cap and maximize cap house. Both avid gamers are right here in Charleston and are anticipated to be at the ice Tuesday. Neighbours, in truth, skated with the 0.33 line in follow Monday morning.

On Tuesday, when defenseman Marco Scandella and his $3.275 million cap rely is going on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) — and thus not counts in opposition to the group cap — Neighbours and Leivo are anticipated to be again at the Blues’ roster.

Neighbours is waivers exempt, so he will also be assigned to the American Hockey League with out the specter of being claimed by means of any other group. Leivo was once put on waivers Sunday but went unclaimed.

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Had Scandella been put on LTIR earlier than the preliminary rosters had been due, his $3.275 million may just now not were subtracted from the $82.5 million cap ceiling.

Neighbours performed in six exhibition video games, greater than every other Blue, and with six issues (3 targets and 3 assists) he shared the group scoring lead with Pavel Buchnevich. (Buchnevich additionally had 3 targets and 3 assists, but in simply 4 video games.)

Leivo gave the impression in 5 exhibition video games, completing tied for 0.33 in group scoring (with Logan Brown) with 5 issues on two targets and 3 assists.

Here’s the preliminary Blues roster that was once became in Monday to the NHL:

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Ivan Barbashev, Logan Brown, Pave Buchnevich, Jordan Kyrou, Ryan O’Reilly, Brandon Saad, Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko, Robert Thomas, Alexey Toropchenko, Nathan Walker.

Defensemen: Robert Bortuzzo, Justin Faulk, Torey Krug, Nick Leddy, Niko Mikkola, Colton Parayko, Scott Perunovich (injured), Calle Rosen, Marco Scandella (injured).

Goalies: Jordan Binnington, Thomas Greiss.

Trade winds

One day after being traded by means of the Edmonton Oilers to the Blues for ahead Klim Kostin, defenseman Dmitri Samorukov was once indexed at the Springfield roster dressed in jersey No 55. Ryan Smith, the T-Birds’ supervisor for media/neighborhood members of the family and broadcasting, mentioned by way of Twitter that Samorukov practiced with the group Monday.

Berube mentioned he didn’t know a lot about Samorukov, a third-round draft select by means of the Oilers in 2017.

Samorukov’s simplest NHL sport got here ultimate yr in St. Louis and consisted of simply 2:28 of ice time. He was once benched after being crushed two times by means of Jordan Kyrou on performs that ended up being Blues’ targets.

“That’s the only time I’ve ever seen him play,” Berube said. “But he’s a big kid and apparently he’s got good ability. And good skater. So we’re excited. See what he can do.”

As for Kostin’s departure, Berube mentioned: “Maybe it was time. I don’t know. I don’t like to see any players leave the Blues. But it is what it is. You just wish him well. I don’t hold anything (against him). He’s a good kid.”

Brown iffy

The availability of Brown for Saturday night time’s season opener, at house in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets, seems to be questionable.

Brown led the Blues with 4 targets (on simply 5 photographs on objective) within the preseason, but performed in simplest 3 video games — none after Oct. 1 —as a result of what seems like a left shoulder harm.

He got here out for the beginning of Monday’s follow at North Charleston Coliseum, but left the ice beautiful temporarily adopted by means of head athletic teacher Ray Barile and didn’t go back.

“He’s just day-to-day,” Berube mentioned. “That’s basically where it’s at.”

It’s a state of affairs wherein the Blues take him out at the ice, see the place he’s at, and if they’ve to again him off – they accomplish that.

“Yes, that’s exactly right,” Berube mentioned.                                                      

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