Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rattie Has Fun in His First Game with Hurricanes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rattie Has Fun in His First Game with Hurricanes

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Ty Rattie admitted that his first period Thursday was "a little sluggish," but who could blame him? It was his first game since Nov. 28.

Rattie wouldn't have even been on the ice if not for the fact that the Blues placed him on waivers and he was claimed by Carolina, the Blues' opponent.

The 23-year-old made his debut with the Hurricanes against his former club, and though he didn't figure into the scoring in their 4-2 victory at Scottrade Center, he helped close out the win by pinning the puck against the wall and erasing 10 seconds off the clock before the Canes' empty-netter.

"It was fun," Rattie said. "After the first, I settled down, I thought I made some plays. To beat the Blues on home ice is not an easy feat a good win for the boys."

Rattie played on Carolina's top line and logged 12 minutes, 59 seconds of ice time. In his four games with the Blues this season, he averaged 7:20 of ice time.

"He was good," new teammate Jeff Skinner said. "He's going to fit in well. This was a whirlwind of a day for him, but he came out and got it done. As we move forward, he'll be more comfortable and he'll fit into our system."

Carolina coach Bill Peters said that he got a phone call from GM Ron Francis, alerting him that Rattie was on waivers. They agreed that with good reports on Rattie from both the pro and amateur scouts the waiver claim was worth it.

"We're going to give him a chance here," Peters said. "He's a guy who's pedigree is as an offensive player and a goal scorer. He's played for good coaches and programs in Portland of the Western Hockey League and here in St. Louis. He's been well-coached, so get him out there and see what he's all about."

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong knew there was a chance Rattie would get picked up on waivers, but felt it was worth the risk to try to get him playing in the American Hockey League.

"He'd only played four games this year and over the holidays I'm wondering about his career," Armstrong said. …

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