Blues trim seven from roster, including goalie Jake Allen

News-DemocratSeptember 26, 2013 

The St. Louis Blues answered one big question Thursday by assigning top goaltending prospect Jake Allen to their new Chicago Wolves affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Allen had played well during training camp, earning praise from coach Ken Hitchcock, but the Blues have veteran goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.

Both can become free agents after this season, while Allen needs net time he can't get in St. Louis.

Also assigned to Chicago were forwards Ty Rattie, Dmitrij Jaskin, Sergey Andronov and Keith Aucoin and defensemen Jani Hakanpaa and Joel Edmundson.

The moves leave the Blues with 25 players remaining in camp needing to get down to the final 23-man roster by Monday. Veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney, in camp on a pro tryout, still remains.

The only other major question mark involves the team's third and fourth lines, where the recent addition of veteran winger Brenden Morrow and offseason signing of veteran center Maxim Lapierre has created a bit of a logjam.

The Blues returned their "CPR Line" that played well late last season that includes Ryan Reaves, Chris Porter and Adam Cracknell. Another versatile forward is Vladimir Sobotka, who can play center or wing and can be used on virtually any line.

Porter and Cracknell both have one-way contracts.

Morrow, whose first practice with the Blues was on Tuesday, is expected to make his game debut in Friday night's 7 p.m. exhibition finale at Scottrade Center against Minnesota.

Halak is the expected Blues starter in goal.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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