St. Louis Blues Lose Players But Gain a Future

Summer is in full swing, so most are thinking about swimming in the water rather than skating on it, but the NHL season is actually in the making right now, and the St. Louis Blues are hot with action.

After a season that concluded with two series wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, coach Hitchcock’s skill managed a roster that had been ripe with injuries throughout the season. Team orthopedic doctors, the sports medicine specialists, and player determination salvaged what could have been a disastrous season. Instead the Blues dispatched the defending-champion Chicago Black Hawks in the first round and the pesky Dallas Stars in the second, to move into the conference finals for the first time since 2001. All in all, the Blues made St. Louis proud.

However, free agent departures of Scottie Upshall, Steve Ott, Kyle Brodziak, Troy Brouwer, and captain David Backes raise significant questions for the 2016-2017 campaign. According to The Hockey News, Backes’ time may have been up, given his contract expectations. Blues fans are sorry to see him go.

Not to worry. The young talent on the Blues is brimming, and every team goes through regenerative growth processes. Not only will Hitchcok remain behind the bench but also he will have young players such as Jaden Schwartz, Dmitrij Jaskin, and Robby Fabri to combine with veterans Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund to buzz the net on offense.

On the blue line, Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo are moving into leadership roles, and, while the question about Kevin Shattenkirk remaining with the team hangs over our boys in blue, he still has his spot on the power play and the roster.

Perhaps most thrilling are the two prospects, center Ivan Barbashev and defenseman Jake Walman. Certainly, NHL scouts tout both as top-35 prospects from 2016, but Walman comes from the Providence Friars with an NCAA national championship under his belt. He looks to be one of the next super-special, forward-leaning defensemen, like the Philadelphia Flyer’s newest star Shayne Gotisbehere, who came from Union College after winning the NCAA championship in 2014.

In short, the 2016-2017 season promises to be as exciting as the weather is hot in St Louis this summer. Look for the seasoned veterans to mix with unbridled young talent, and if you need orthopedic care to stay healthy and fulfill your promise, contact us here at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine.

St. Louis Blue Playoffs Run

St. Louis hockey fans have reason to be excited as the St. Louis Blues continue an exciting playoff run. The Blues have made it to the second round of the NHL playoffs, now battling against the Dallas Stars after knocking off the 2015 Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues are seeking their first ever Stanley Cup Championship.

The Blues won a thrilling 7-game series against the Blackhawks, winning game 7 of the series 3-2. The Blues were led by Vladimir Tarasenko with four goals in the series, and some outstanding play from goalkeeper Brian Elliot, who made 236 saves on 254 shots during the series.

The round two series against Dallas is proving to be an exciting one, with two games that have gone into overtime, and some big wins for the Blues on two occasions: 4-1 and 6-1.

The Blues have avoided injuries thus far in the playoffs, and will welcome back forward Steve Ott to the lineup for game six against the Stars. Ott ripped his hamstring after an awkward collision against the boards during a game back in December. The Blues were extremely supportive of Ott as he recovered, paying him visits and sending gifts. Just as Ott was ready to begin playing again in April, he was diagnosed with Colitis, an inflammation of the inner colon, and was unable to play for another two weeks. But now Ott is ready to go for this series against the Stars.

Join us in cheering on the Blues this playoff season! If you have suffered from a hockey injury or any other sports injury, contact us at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine and let us help you get back in the game.

Common Hockey Injuries

Concussions, Back Injuries, Elbow Injuries

Hockey Players Take A Beating, Typically

It is no surprise that hockey player undergo some physical pushing and shoving during the game. Sometimes the game is so physical that it can lead to injuries to their body which requires the medical attention of a doctor. We recommend an advanced sports medicine doctor like our very own, Dr. Irvine.

Ice hockey players fighting during game, Dr. Irvine, Sport Medicine

What are some common hockey player injuries?

Concussion This is a traumatic brain injury which may alter the way your brain functions.

Shoulder Injury* Our team evaluates and treat shoulder injuries including labral tears, Bankart lesions, rotator cuff tears & more.

Elbow Injury* Dr Irvine helps east the pain from elbow injuries such as fractures.

Back Injury Hockey players are especially at risk for lower back injuries which can affect your skating stride and overall comfort.

Hip Injury* Dr Irvine is experienced in treating hip arthroscopy as well as performing total hip replacement.

Knee Injury* Our doctor can perform ACL and PCL reconstruction, whether it be minimally invasive or a total reconstruction. However, his experience does not stop there. He is also able to treat a number of other knee conditions and injuries.

Wrist Injury* If you are experiencing a mallet finger injury and/or a wrist or hand fracture, then Dr. Irvine is your guy to call.

* Denotes services in which Dr. Irvine can help diagnose & treat.

If you are interested in jumping onto the road of recovery, and would like to become a potential patient of ours, please call today to schedule your appointment 314-567-5850.

Let’s Go Blues!

The opening home game for the St. Louis Blues is quickly approaching, and we could not be more excited! Thursday October 8, 2015 Blues face off to the Oilers at 7pm.

Will you be attending the game? Which player are you looking forward to watching the most?

Hokey skate , puck , and stick

Bye T.J. Oshie

St. Louis Blues Say Goodbye to T.J. Oshie

The announcement was made in early July, that Blues hockey player, T.J. Oshie would be traded for forward Troy Brouwer. A lot of St. Louis hockey fans were distraught over this news, especially this young 5 year old.

There have been arguments as well that this is going to be a great move for the St. Louis hockey team, as Brouwer ranks high on hockey charts for hits and blocked shots, including the fact that he wins more than 50% of his face-offs.

We’re curious to hear your thoughts on this trade. Let us know what you think of the following:
1. Are you grieving over the loss of T.J. Oshie?
2. Do you think Brouwer will help the Blues win a Stanley cup in the upcoming season?
3. Who would you like to see on the Blues team?