It’s pretty slow in Blues country these days, but some players have made news over the last few days. The team inked D-man Tyson Strachan to a contract extension today. The deal will be a two-way contract, but he will be with the organization for now and likely in the future. Strachan is one of those guys who is a good player, but he isn’t a great player. Considering that it is a two-way deal, my take on this is that he will serve as an insurance policy for some of the young guys on the blue line. He will probably be back and forth between St. Louis and Peoria for much of the season, but I like his game and I’m glad he’s back.
In other defenseman news, veteran Darryl Sydor has announced his retirement from the league. Sydor won two Stanley Cups during his 18-year career, and he played in 47 games with St. Louis last season, posting eight assists. We all knew he was on the last leg of his career last season, but it was still nice to see him play for the Note. He was never spectacular, but he was an impressive defenseman who was a stabilizing force on the line for every team he played for. By all accounts, he is a class act, and we here at Bleedin’ Blue wish him nothing but the best in whatever the future holds.