St. Louis Blues

Blues lose Stastny for at least 5 weeks with broken foot

The St. Louis Blues have lost center Paul Stastny for a minimum of five weeks with a broken right foot, the club announced Wednesday.

Stastny, who was centering the Blues' top line with Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the second period of an Oct. 16 game in Vancouver.

The Blues said Stastny, who had one goal and five points through five games, would be reevaluated in five weeks. He also missed eight games during the early part of the season last year when he dealt with a shoulder injury.

Stastny joined the Blues in the summer of 2014 from Colorado after signing a four-year deal worth $28 million. He had 16 goals and 46 points in 74 games last season, his first with the Blues.

Stastny has missed the last two games and the Blues don't return to action until a Saturday home game against the New York Islanders.

A large early-season injury list for the Blues includes defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body) and forwards Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and Robby Fabbri (concussion).

The Blues have not recalled any players from minor-league Chicago, but veteran forwards Scott Gomez and Scottie Upshall could both gain expanded roles with the injuries. Both were signed to one-year contracts by the Blues after being invited to training camp on a pro tryout basis.

The Blues, who promoted Jori Lehtera to center the top line, could also move David Backes to a different line.