Cole Out, Pietrangelo In

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - SEPTEMBER 11: Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues skates up ice during the NHL Prospects Tournament on September 11, 2010 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

First off, I just want to say thank you to the guys from Sportstown Chicago and the Blue Line Radio show for having me on as a guest tonight. We discussed all about the Blues and their upcoming season, and I had a great time talking hockey.

Now, on to business. We have been talking about the defense situation for a week now, and the picture became much clearer earlier today when the team sent Ian Cole down to Peoria. With that move, blue chip prospect Alex Pietrangelo will be on the NHL roster to start the season. Tyson Strachan made the team as expected, but it looks like he will be the seventh D-Man while Pietrangelo gets regular playing time. This move doesn’t surprise me at all, although I think Cole played well enough to make this team. His time will come, but the time for AP is now. He wasn’t overly impressive in the preseason, so it will be interesting to see how he plays when the games count. I, for one, can’t wait to see what he can do with regular playing time.

The injury news for today is pretty much the same as yesterday. Erik Johnson and Andy McDonald both sat out practice today with hip flexor issues, but both are expected to be ready to go by Saturday. Carlo Colaiacovo participated in practice with his hip flexor injury, and it looks like he will be able to go as well.

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Andy McDonald Blue Line Radio Carlo Colaiacovo Erik Johnson Ian Cole NHL Peoria Rivermen Sportstown Chicago St. Louis Blues Tyson Strachan

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