Jan 9, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT
We mentioned Tuesday that Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit each have 10 players going over to Sochi for the Olympics, tied for the most out of all 30 NHL teams.
As such, we wondered if Olympic fatigue would be a factor once the Games were done.
Turns out the Blues have been wondering about that, too.
“We have a plan we’re working on,” general manager Doug Armstrong told ESPN.com. “We’re going to give guys extra days off, and possibly certain players will get a game off or two. We don’t want short-term goals to override long-term goals. We want to make sure we’re as well-prepared energy-wise for the playoffs.”
With three Americans, two Canadians, and two Swedes representing the club in the Olympics, it’s possible St. Louis could have four or five key players in the gold-medal game on Feb. 23. That wouldn’t leave much of a break for those players, considering the Blues are back in action on Feb. 26, in far-flung Vancouver of all places.
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