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Gunnarsson ‘on schedule’ after hip surgery

Jul 22, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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Carl Gunnarsson had hip surgery at the end of the regular season, before he was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Blues.

At the time, the Leafs said he’d be ready for training camp. And in an interview with the Post-Dispatch, Gunnarsson confirmed he was “on schedule” in his recovery.

That’s good news for St. Louis, because the 27-year-old is expected to play a big role on the Blues’ defense next season. If all goes to plan, he’ll be paired with with either Kevin Shattenkirk or Alex Pietrangelo.

“Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo — two great D-men — if I play with any of those guys, it’s going to be a fun season,” he said.

Gunnarsson also said he thought the Blues were “the toughest team” the Leafs played last season, with both meetings ending in dominant St. Louis victories.

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  1. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    You’ll like Gunnar, Blues fans. He’s a Hjalmarsson type dman. Hard worker who hits, blocks a lot of shots, good hands. Sweden makes a lot of well rounded Dmen. I think he’ll get excess now that he doesn’t have to babysit for Phaneuf anymore too.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      i’m looking forward to it. i was a fan of polak but after 3 years of only advancing once, you have to try something new.

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Going to miss Polak also but I guess things have to change. what scares me is the 3rd line defense now. Jackman, Leopold, Cole, and Butler. Any of those combos scare me.

        Don’t know anything about Gunnarson. I guess I will just have to wait and see. Hope he is fully healed by Start of the regular season with no lingering dust or cobwebs.

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