Doug Armstrong, compassionate, loving General Manager that he is, has seen the abundance of homeless and unwanted former New Jersey Devils hockey players stuck in Free Agency, and has decided to take action.
Today, the Blues invited Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus to professional tryouts. Both played for the Devils last season. The Blues have invited four veterans from New Jersey to the team over the last two seasons, including Marty Brodeur and Scott Gomez.
“It’s tough.” Said Blues GM, Doug Armstrong. “These men just want to play hockey, but have no team to play for. As an organization, we’re doing all we can to be sure that these guys who are down on their luck have a fresh sheet of ice to skate on.”
“I thought I saw Jaromir Jagr once… But it turned out it was just a really old guy.”
– Blues employee
An employee is always present at the entrance to the Scottrade Center, scanning the streets in search of more former New Jersey players, with a warm pair of skates and a Blues practice jersey ready in hand.
“I thought I saw Jaromir Jagr once…” Said a Blues security guard, “But it turned out it was just a really old guy.”
Giving former players a new home is not a new idea for the Blues, two seasons ago they were extremely helpful in giving old washed up Dallas Stars players another chance, including players such as Brendan Morrow, Derek Roy and Steve Ott.