Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Add New Piece to Puzzle: Anderson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Add New Piece to Puzzle: Anderson

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The Blues' collection of Stanley Cup winners grew Saturday when they signed free-agent right winger Glenn Anderson, who as an Edmonton Oiler played on five Cup winners and was on a sixth last season with the New York Rangers and coach Mike Keenan.

That gives the Blues seven players and a coach with 20 rings among them - Anderson (six), Esa Tikkanen (five), Greg Gilbert (three), Guy Carbonneau (two), Al MacInnis (one), Doug Lidster (one), Donald Dufresne (one) and Keenan (one), the mastermind behind the Blues' quest for the Cup.

During the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup last season, Keenan pushed for the acquisition of Anderson from Toronto for Mike Gartner. After Anderson's agent contacted Keenan, he jumped at the chance to get him again. Anderson, 34, signed a contract estimated to be worth $400,000 for the rest of the season.

"We're pleased to be adding a player of Glenn's quality to our club," Keenan said in a statement. "Glenn is a proven winner who adds skill and Stanley Cup experience to our team."

Anderson is one of the best performers in playoff history. He ranks fourth with 91 goals, 116 assists and 207 points, trailing only former Edmonton teammates Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.

His 208 career playoff games rank third in the NHL behind Montreal's Larry Robinson's 227, a mark he could surpass this season if the Blues go all the way. The Blues feel that Anderson will help them do it.

"He's another piece of the puzzle needed to win the Stanley Cup," associate coach Ted Sator said. …

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