Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Reaves Is All Business against Former Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Reaves Is All Business against Former Team

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PITTSBURGH * The Blues face Kevin Shattenkirk and the New York Rangers in Game 4. It's Doug Weight coaching the New York Islanders in Game 3. And of course Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars come calling in Game 2, Saturday night's home opener.

But in Game 1, Wednesday night in the Steel City, the Blues' reunion tour began with forward Ryan Reaves and his new team the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Reaves spent a decade in the Blues' organization, including seven seasons and 419 regular-season games in St. Louis. His feisty, colorful style made him a fan favorite.

"Seven years, you build a fan base and you start to love the city and love the fans there," Reaves said. "But it's part of the business."

The business of hockey sent Reaves to Pittsburgh in a draft trade in which the Penguins got the Blues' 51st overall pick. In exchange, St. Louis got Oskar Sundqvist who centered the third line Wednesday as well as the Penguins' 31st overall pick (which they used on Klim Kostin).

"It's been good. It's been an easy transition," Reaves said of life in Pittsburgh. "Everybody's been good to me. Made it really easy on me and the family. So far it's been smooth sailing."

Well, everything except the puck Reaves took to the face in the Penguins' exhibition finale. That wasn't so smooth. He still has a big scratch on his nose from that one.

"Bleeding everywhere," Reaves said. "Yeah, it didn't feel good. But (the nose) is still there. It's a big target. Tough to miss."

As for Wednesday's contest, Reaves' approach was business as usual former teammates and all.

"I told every one of them to keep their head up, that's about it," Reaves said after Pittsburgh's morning skate. "I talked to a few of them (Tuesday). I already told 'em, 'I'm not letting up on anybody.' We're gonna take 2 hours off the friendship, play some hockey, then we'll go back to talking after that."

Even so, Reaves said playing the Blues in the preseason (Sept. 24) helped in terms of Wednesday's reunion.

He didn't figure in the scoring Wednesday, as the Blues won 5-4 in overtime. …

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