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Alex Steen aiming for season opener return

Team Sweden lost the services of forward Alexander Steen for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, as he’s still recovering from shoulder surgery undergone at the start of June.

While he won’t be ready to play in time for the September tournament, though, the St. Louis Blues skater is hoping to make his return in time for the start of the season.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the goal for Steen was to be reevaluated for his injury in early October, to see if he’d be ready to go for the season. Based on comments by general manager Doug Armstrong, it sounds like that could certainly be an attainable goal:

“We’re still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he’ll jump right into the flow drills — that’s the idea now,” Armstrong said. “But we’re not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I’m not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he’s in great shape, he’s ahead of schedule and we’re hoping that he’s ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive.”

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba and a dual Canadian-Swedish citizen, the 32-year-old Steen would have made a strong asset for the Swedish team as a veteran presence in their offensive corps. Knowing that he could be back in time to help out St. Louis from the start of the season on, though, is good news in its own right.

Alex Steen aiming for season opener return

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