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Stastny Skates, Gets Closer to Return

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues forward Paul Stastny skated with his teammates in Thursday's morning skate at Scottrade Center.

Stastny, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a broken foot on Oct. 16 in Vancouver, has been skating for several days.

"With this injury, it's got to heal all the way," Stastny said. "When I'm skating, it feels really good and every day it's getting better and better. Hopefully, right now for me, it's take it day-by-day and talk to doctors, get an X-ray, see where it's at. Once I'm cleared, I should be good to go."

"He's not cleared yet, but with all the stuff he's been doing, once he's cleared, he'll be able to come in and play games right away," said Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. "I don't think there will be an adjustment phase where we just have him go participate in some practices. He's all the way back except for waiting for medical clearance, and that's not there yet."

Before the injury, Stastny had posted five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-4 rating through five games.

"It hit me at a weird angle, that's the only problem," Stastny said of the injury. "The puck was on edge, so that edge hit part of my foot. It was an unfortunate bounce. What are you going to do, sometimes it happens."

"It’s tough right now, but it shows a lot of our character to do what we’re doing," Robby Fabbri said of the Blues battling through injuries. "To see those guys coming back soon, it’s light at the end of the tunnel. (Stastny) is one of our top forwards, to get someone like that back with his leadership and the way he plays, it’s going to help us a lot."

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