Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Allen, Jaskin among Blues' Roster Cuts; Hitchcock Said the Intent Is to Get Goaltender Some Game Action in Chicago

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Allen, Jaskin among Blues' Roster Cuts; Hitchcock Said the Intent Is to Get Goaltender Some Game Action in Chicago

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Jake Allen's time in training camp with the Blues ran out Thursday, when the goalie was one of seven cuts made by the club.

Dmitrij Jaskin, Ty Rattie, Sergey Andronov, Keith Aucoin, Jani Hakanpaa and Joel Edmundson were also assigned to the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.

Allen left with a record of 2-0, albeit with a 3.31 goals- against average and an .887 save-percentage.

"He's had a heck of a camp, he's played very well, but we've got two guys (Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott) who we want to get started with and see where it goes," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Our feeling here was if he's not going to play games here and he's got three exhibition games to play (in Chicago), why not keep playing?"

Jaskin was also impressive with two goals and one assist in three games.

"He's a good player," Hitchcock said. "He's going to be like (Vladimir) Tarasenko was last year, you know there's going to be some ups and downs."

Defenseman Ryan Whitney's tryout with the Blues continues. Both Whitney and Ian Cole were both in the lineup Wednesday night, after which Hitchcock was asked who played better.

"(Whitney) is still on the team," Hitchcock replied succinctly. "Cole's best game was yesterday."

defensive changes

Hitchcock said earlier in camp that he preferred to have one defenseman in each pairing who could transition the puck, and that's why he paired Barret Jackman with Kevin Shattenkirk and Jordan Leopold with Roman Polak. …

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