Beset by injuries, St. Louis feeling blue

November, 6, 2008
The calamity of injuries that is the St. Louis Blues continues.

Team president John Davidson told in a text message today that star winger Paul Kariya was sent home to St. Louis to get an MRI performed on his injured "lower body."

This is a recurring bad joke with no punch line. The Blues began the season losing prized blueliner Erik Johnson to a serious knee injury suffered in a bizarre golf-cart incident at a preseason team outing. He's out for the year. Starting goalie Manny Legace is just now ready to join the fray, after injuring himself last month while stepping on the on-ice carpet before Sarah Palin dropped the puck. That was after fellow goalie Chris Mason had an appendectomy. And a half-dozen other regulars have also missed time with injuries. Even the third goalie, Ben Bishop, got hurt.

"Nothing we can do about it," Davidson said in a text.

Don't go to Vegas, JD, not a good time to test your luck.

Bored Bob
A year ago, I was talking to Bob Clarke, and he made me laugh when he said he was "bored."

Being a vice president of an NHL team isn't the same thing as the GM. He's got a title but really doesn't have much to do for the Flyers.

So I checked in with him again today to make sure he was OK.

"I'm good," Clarke told "I've probably settled in a little better now. I think I still have too much free time, but I'm comfortable."

Still, I think he yearns for another shot at a GM job. It won't be in Philly, where Paul Holmgren is doing a bang-up job. So it would take a call from elsewhere.

"I certainly wouldn't turn it down instantly," Clarke said of another team offering him a GM job. "I would think about it for sure. But I wouldn't campaign for it."

He hasn't had a direct offer in the past year, although there were "a couple of inquiries from people but not a real offer."

We need him back in the saddle somewhere. It's all about us -- the media -- and few GMs were more fun to cover than Clarke. Never a dull moment.





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