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Steen says injury occurred before camp; plans on returning for 16th NHL season

Steen says injury occurred before camp; plans on returning for 16th NHL season

Blues workout at home before departure

St. Louis Blues forwards Alexander Steen, right, and Jordan Kyrou joust during drills during morning practice on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights. Photo by Christian Gooden,

Blues veteran Alexander Steen said he initially sustained an injury before Phase 3 (training camp) — one that limited his play in the Edmonton bubble to only one of the six games against Vancouver.

“It started before camp and then kind of led into camp — had some issues going on during,” he said during a Zoom call Monday. “With kind of an accelerated timeline (in the return to play protocol), I think we were chasing it a little bit from the get-go.

“Tried taking a couple periods off, like a couple of sections of camp ... to see if things would calm down. But we just couldn’t get it under control.”

Steen didn’t specify the nature of the injury, but said he didn’t think surgery would be required.

“I don’t think it’s anything like that, no,” he said. “We’ll look at this, get the proper testing, see the right people and go from there and see what happens.”

Steen, who turned 36 just 11 days before the league paused its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, definitely made it sound like he plans on returning for his 16th NHL season and his 13th with the Blues. He played in his 1,000th NHL regular-season game on Feb. 1 at Winnipeg.

“For right now, my main objective is to get healthy again and get back to training and up and running for next season,” he said. “And that’s where my focus lies right now on the ice.

“There’s speculation and projections about the future — it’s in the future. So right now that’s gonna be my No. 1 objective, just get healthy and get my body ready and prepared for the next start, the next training camp.”

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