Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Bring Back Experienced Upshall

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Bring Back Experienced Upshall

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Scottie Upshall got his first look at the refurbished Blues locker room Saturday at Scottrade Center. He has a new jersey number (No. 9), and a new stall he's next to Vladimir Tarasenko.

"Maybe he'll give me some of his scoring touch," Upshall joked.

Otherwise, not much has changed since May, when Upshall last donned the Bluenote.

"It's nice to be back," Upshall said.

He had a busy Saturday morning, taking a physical, signing a tryout contract, and then practicing with the team. After he spoke with reporters, he was scheduled to meet with general manager Doug Armstrong and the coaches. The tryout contract, known in hockey parlance as a PTO, was a quick fix to get Upshall on the ice in time for practice.

The expectation is that he will sign a year-long contract before the weekend's out.

"I'm expecting to, but until it happens ..." Upshall said, smiling. "I've seen a lot of crazy things happen."

Upshall has spent this preseason in Vancouver, in Canucks camp on a tryout contract. He was preparing to play Thursday night against Calgary when his agent called saying that the Blues had reached out and were interested in talking. Things unfolded from there.

Upshall said the Canucks were "pretty optimistic" about his play in Vancouver.

"They just at the time couldn't really guarantee anything," he said. "It looked more positive on this end. So being familiar with this group of guys, the transition back would've been really easy."

And here he is. A veteran of 14 NHL seasons, Upshall spent the last two with the Blues including a 10-goal, eight-assist campaign in 2016-17. His preference was to stay in St. Louis all along, but as an unrestricted free agent this offseason nothing materialized with the Blues.

"We had spoke over the summer early, before the expansion draft, and it didn't seem like it was gonna work," Upshall said. "So I was kinda preparing mentally to go somewhere else."

But the rash of Blues injuries during training camp and the preseason changed everything. …

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