St. Louis Blues

Blues sign veteran Upshall to one-year deal

Veteran forward Scottie Upshall, who was in training camp on a pro tryout, has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The contract pays Upshall $700,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the minors.

Also on Monday, the Blues assigned forwards Ty Rattie and Magnus Paajarvi and defensemen Chris Butler and Petteri Lindbohm to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Those moves create roster space for rookie forward Robby Fabbri, who at least will have a nine-game tryout with the Blues, and apparently spots for rookie defensemen Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko.

Edmundson and Parayko each had strong training camps, with Parayko collecting six assists to put him among the NHL preseason leaders.

The Blues open the regular season Thursday at home against Edmonton.

The 31-year-old Upshall had eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with the Florida Panthers last season along with 28 penalty minutes. This will be his 13th NHL season after playing previously with Florida, Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville.

The former Nashville first-round pick has career totals of115 goals and 234 points in 553 games.

“I had a chance to talk to Hitch (Blues coach Ken Hitchcock) and I’ve known a couple guys on this team for a long time,” Upshall said earlier in camp. “Just the reputation here, the organization and the success here spoke for itself. Having a chance to come in and play with some unbelievable players was a big thrill for me.”

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who grew up playing against Upshall and later was a teammate on Team Canada, said Upshall’s best asset is his energy.

“He’s always been a high-energy guy,” Bouwmeester said. “He works hard, he’s a good penalty killer and does a lot of those sorts of things. He’s excited to be here.”

Norm Sanders

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