In another low-risk/low-reward move by the Blues front office, the team inked veteran defenseman Dean Arsene to a two-way deal earlier today. Arsene is a career minor leaguer who saw his first NHL action at the age of 29 last season with the Edmonton Oilers. He had 11 points (2-9) to go along with 100 penalty minutes in 56 AHL games at Springfield last season, and he tallied 41 more penalty minutes in 13 games with the Oil.
This is another depth move by the team, but don’t expect Arsene to make any kind of impact with the big club this season unless the Blues’ blue-liners are ravaged by injury. He does provide some fairly decent size and he obviously isn’t afraid to mix it up if you look at his PIM totals, but there are too many players in front of him right now for him to make an impact. In his AHL career, Arsene has totaled 58 points (10-48) and 868 penalty minutes in 373 games, and he will likely be adding to those numbers for most of all of this coming season.
In other Blues-Oilers news, the Note is apparently still interested in former Edmonton forward Ryan Potulny, but they are only talking a two-way deal. It sounds like Potulny is waiting them out to try to get an NHL contract for next season, and the Blues don’t appear to be interested in that course of action.