Pat Maroon, who left the Blues as a free agent after he helped them win the Stanley Cup, will make his return to St. Louis on Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Before the game, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will present him with his Stanley Cup ring.
“It’s definitely going to be an emotional night,” Blues forward Tyler Bozak said. “He was a huge part of what we did last year and being from here, with a lot of family and a place that means so much to him and such a well-liked guy in our room that everyone gets along with really well and everyone stays in touch with, I know we’re all excited to see him. Maybe he’ll take it a little easier on us in the physical category out there.”
“I think you’ve got to expect it’s going to be a great reception,” added Blues forward Brayden Schenn. “He was a very well-liked guy in our locker room, he still talks to a lot of guys through text messages. He’s close with a lot of guys and him being a hometown kid and scoring one of the biggest goals in St. Louis history, the crowd’s going to give him a good ovation. Once it’s all said and done and he gets his ovation and waves at the crowd, he’s going to be old Pat Maroon and he’s going to be having fun out there, chirping guys, laughing, playing hard like he always does.”
The Blues called Klim Kostin up for protection because San Antonio, their minor-league affiliate for which he was playing, was going to be in Winnipeg over the weekend and getting an extra forward to St. Louis in case of emergency might be difficult. But the Rampage now are in Chicago, so travel isn’t an issue anymore, and Kostin still is in St. Louis after a good showing Saturday.
“I think for him and for the organization, the team, we’ve got to see what we’ve got here,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I’d like to see him again.
“He just brings an element that we like. He’s a big guy, finishes his checks, he can skate and shoot. Goes to the net. For his first game, I thought he did a good job, he really did. I’d like to see him again.”
Also still with the Blues are two players trying out, Jamie McGinn and Troy Brouwer. For McGinn, it was day eight and for Brouwer day seven of their maximum 10-day trial periods.
Hall of fame coach
Blues forward Zach Sanford played two seasons at Boston College and his coach while he was there, Jerry York, went into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
“Whenever I think about him or talk about him, the first thing that comes up is how good of a person he is and how he’s one of the best college coaches ever, if not the best,” Sanford said. “The way he handles his players when they come in and how he treats them, pushes for them to excel in school and off the ice more so than he does on the ice is pretty cool. His big thing is building you as a person off the ice. Maybe some coaches are more focused on you as a player. He was awesome. He was there for me a lot of different times, even once I left, he’s been around, I’ve talked to him and he’s been great for me.”
York has won five NCAA titles and has an NCAA record 1,067 wins.
“My sophomore year we got him his 1,000th win,” Sanford said. “That was pretty cool. There’s not many coaches in any sport who can say they have a thousand wins. All he’s done coaching: how many guys he’s put in the NHL, how many Stanley Cups guys have won, how many Hobie Baker finalists and winners and national championships and Beanpots and Hockey East titles. The list goes on and on. He’s very well deserving of that honor.”