Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Lose Rattie to Carolina on Waiver Claim

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Lose Rattie to Carolina on Waiver Claim

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The Blues' fear all along was that if they put forward Ty Rattie on waivers to send him to the minors to get some games, they might lose him, and that's exactly what happened.

Rattie, put on waivers Tuesday to be sent to the AHL, was claimed Wednesday by Carolina, which coincidentally is the team the Blues face Thursday at Scottrade Center.

"If he's in that lineup tomorrow," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said, "we're going to be dealing with a pretty angry guy with something to prove. Good for him for hopefully getting a chance now to move on and make a name for himself."

Rattie appeared in just four games with the Blues this season after making the roster out of training camp. He was a healthy scratch 31 times and had no points. He hadn't played in more than a month.

"He told me it's all positive for him," said defenseman Joel Edmundson, one of Rattie's best friends on the team. "I think he's a player that deserves to be in this league. Me and (Robby Fabbri) were actually talking about it this morning that if he got picked up by Carolina, we could play him on Thursday. It's pretty exciting and I think he's pretty pumped."

Rattie was the Blues' second-round pick in 2011 and in parts of four seasons had four goals and four assists in 30 games.

"We feel that Ty has a high skill level and we believe that he can help improve our team," Carolina GM Ron Francis told the team's website.

"Guy's got to have a chance to play," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's a good player, he's been a good soldier here, part of the organization for four years now. He's got to get a chance to play, and if he wasn't going to play here on a regular basis, then give him a chance to play somewhere else.

"Hockey's competition. All you've got to do is look around the Chicago Wolves right now and go look at the scoring in the American Hockey League and there's three in the top 10. …

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