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Blues Steen Getting Familiar Treatment

Willie Springer
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St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen shoots the puck past Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of Finland for a goal in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 10, 2011.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen shoots the puck past Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of Finland for a goal in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 10, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Though Alex Steen was skating with the club a week ago during practice, the St. Louis Blues will continue to be without the player that may have been their most valuable player in the first half of the 2011-12 season.

Steen made an announcement over the weekend that he will be in California for at least two weeks receiving therapy in a hyperbaric chamber.  This treatment is what was used by forwards Andy McDonald and former Blue Paul Kariya when they each had their issues with concussions.

“It’s been on and off”, Steen explained, “I’ve tried everything in my power to get back on the ice.”

On the Blues injured reserve list since getting hurt on December 26, Steen had tallied 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) and posted an impressive plus-minus of 20 through 36 games.  He’s already missed 26 consecutive games. With 20 games remaining on the schedule, there is more doubt that Steen will be able to return soon.

Tune into KMOX Radio to hear more coverage, including the intermission report about Steen with Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase of the Blues Radio Network.  The broadcast for the Blues game against the Calgary Flames on Monday night begins at 7:45pm with the Behlman Buick GMC pregame show.

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