Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Rotating Chance to Serve as Alternate Captain

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Rotating Chance to Serve as Alternate Captain

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - When defenseman Joel Edmundson put on his jersey before the Blues' game Wednesday with Edmonton, he found something he didn't expect: the alternate captain's letter A on his left chest.

It was the first time Edmundson had worn a letter in his four seasons with the Blues. He and center Brayden Schenn wore it for that game, along with usual alternate Vladimir Tarasenko, after Ryan O'Reilly and Colton Parayko had worn it the game before.

The Blues were down two letters at the time with captain Alex Pietrangelo and alternate Alexander Steen out with injuries. And Jaden Schwartz, who had worn an A earlier, was also injured. With Pietrangelo out, no one wears the "C," but there are three alternates instead of two.

"I'm just rotating it around with a few guys," interim coach Craig Berube said Friday. "I think it's good. You develop leaders, I think Parayko and Edmundson, that's taking another step in their careers: the responsibility of being a leader."

"I was pretty excited," Edmundson said. "It's nice to know the coaches have confidence in me. They see me as a leader. It didn't really change anything. I played my same game. It shows they've been happy with my play and my leadership. It's always a good feeling and gave me a little extra boost."

The return of Steen on Friday will limit the need for someone else to wear the A in the games ahead to one, and presumably Schwartz, who has been the third A most of the time over the past two seasons, is close to coming back and will get it when that happens. Meanwhile, O'Reilly wore the third A on Friday, along with Tarasenko and Steen.

RETURN OF STEEN

Of all the places for Steen to get back into the lineup, there's probably no more appropriate place than Winnipeg, where he was born while his father, Thomas, was playing for the original incarnation of the Jets. …

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