St. Louis Blues’ defensemen Jay Bouwmeester has been sidelined indefinitely with what the club is calling an ‘upper body injury’, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that the 32-year-old is suffering from ‘concussion-related symptoms’.
The veteran defenseman is dealing with concussion-related symptoms, but the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. If indeed that conclusion is eventually drawn, it would be his second concussion this season.
The Blues consider Bouwmeester to be day-to-day, but if a concussion is confirmed then it could be bad news for the veteran blue liner, who missed four games in January as the result of a concussion sustained after being hit by Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Head coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester’s latest injury was due to a “one-time incident” however, offering some hope the veteran defenseman will not be out long term as St. Louis also deal with Carl Gunnarsson’s absence due to a lower-body injury.
Drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2002, Bouwmeester has three goals and 19 points in 70 games for the Blues this season, averaging 23 minutes and 12 second of ice time – second to Alex Pietrangelo among Blues skaters.
Bouwmeester’s NHL career record stands at 988 games played to date, registering 81 goals and 376 points for the Panthers, Flames and Blues across thirteen seasons. He was also a member of the Team Canada roster that won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
St. Louis have six games remaining on their regular season schedule, and are currently tied with Dallas at the top of the Western Conference on 99 points.
While a post season berth has already been secured, finishing ahead of the Stars would guarantee the Blues home ice advantage until at least the Conference Final stage of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.