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Bissonnette to Tryout at Training Camp

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues
ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited unrestricted free agent forward Paul Bissonnette to a tryout at training camp.

Bissonnette, 29, has played in 202 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 15 assists (22 points). He has a plus-7 rating and 340 career penalty minutes.

"(The Blues) have a pretty heavy team up front and a lot of skill," Bissonnette said after his first informal skate with the team. "I know [Hitchcock] plays a defensive system and it's similar to the way (Arizona Coyotes Head Coach Dave) Tippet coaches. I'm excited to be here. It's a really good group of guys."

"I know I have to come in and make a team, and I dn't even know if there are spots available," Bissonnette said. "(But I) have to showcase and try to make a team."

Bissonnette spent the past five seasons with the Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season.

The Blues begin training camp on Friday. The first practice open to the public is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

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