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Blues sign Welsh, Prosser to one-year deals

Jul 21, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues are adding depth all over their roster.

The Blues announced the signing of forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year two-way contract. Welsh spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks. In 19 games  with the Canucks he had one goal and six penalty minutes. He spent most of the season in the AHL with the Utica Comets.

St. Louis has also reportedly added defenseman Nate Prosser on a one-year two-way deal as well as Chad Graff at the St. Paul Pioneer Press shared. Last season with the Minnesota Wild, he had two goals and eight points in 53 games. He also played in 10 playoff games.

Adding Prosser gives the Blues a lot of depth on the blue line. They also added St. Louis native Chris Butler this summer on a similar one-year two-way deal. At least they’ll have NHL-ready bodies ready to put in place when/if injuries arise during the season.

  1. rsmaggiemae - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Congrats to Nate Prosser… hated to see him go…
    Good Luck as a Blue….but I wont like you when you play against the Wild
    nothing personal, just hockey

    • guitarhunterdude - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Prosser won’t be playing against the Wild unless both Jackman and Cole are hurt. And even then, probably not.

    • doubles22 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      There’s something to be said for a guy that can man the Martin Skoula Memorial Pressbox Popcorn Machine for like a month straight, then jump into the lineup when duty calls and totally pulls his own weight. Depth guys that can step in like that with little to no drop-off are valuable.

      Here’s to hoping he does against every team but the Wild.

      • wutangwild - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        LOL the Martin Skoula Memorial Pressbox Popcorn Machine. Those were the days….

    • doubles22 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      There’s something to be said about a guy that can man the Martin Skoula Memorial Press Box Popcorn Machine for like a month straight, and then jump into the lineup and contribute when duty calls. Depth guys like that can be valuable, and Prosser played that role very well in Minnesota. Dude isn’t Bobby Orr, but he never, ever looked out of place on the Wild’s blue line. As long as his gloves were on, anyways.

      Good to luck to Prosser, hope the new address provides new opportunities.

  2. spetznaz777 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM remember when oshie almost killed prosser in college?

  3. rmccleary97 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    No, none of these guys are going to be world-class players or even everyday guys who threaten to log 600+ NHL games, but they bring some NHL experience to the table and won’t have a “deer in the headlights” look if they’re suddenly thrown into the lineup, especially against some of the tougher teams in the league. That’s a good thing; it means Armstrong is learning from the disaster that was the end of last year’s regular season.

    Now, to not knee-jerk react to some perceived non-need and give away a ton of pieces trying to fill it …

  4. wutangwild - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Good luck Pross, gonna be tough to see you in a Blues uniform. He’ll have a tough time cracking the lineup with how deep STL is on the blue-line but I wish him the best.

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    So Prosser wouldn’t accept a two way deal in MN, but did in St. Louis. interesting.

    • purpleguy - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Thought the same thing. He must have thought there was less opportunity to play with the young Wild blueliners lined up in Iowa.

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