Sunday, July 1, 2012

Blues add three new faces to their organization

By Andrew Allsman| Posted: July 1st, 2012| Contact  |

On the first day of free agency the Blues did not make a splash but that doesn't mean they weren't active. Blues' General manager Doug Armstrong was able to add some organizational depth with the signing of three, Peoria-bound players.

The Blues signed goaltender Mike McKenna along with defensemen Taylor Chorney and Scott Ford. All received one-year, two-way contracts.

McKenna, a St. Louis native, spent last season with the Ottawa Senators American Hockey League affiliate (AHL), the Binghamton Senators, and was in net for 41 games posting a 14-22-1 record, a 2.98 goals against average, and a .918 save-percentage.  Mckenna, 28, a former sixth round (172nd overall) pick, has dressed in 17 National Hockey League (NHL) games and has 4-9-1 record along with a save percentage of .887, and a 3.49 goals against average in those 17 games.  Mike has many ties to the Blues.  Along with being from St. Louis, Mike's father, Terry, is the official scorer for the Blues home games.  The 6'2", 190-pound goaltender will share the net with Jake Allen for the Peoria Rivermen.  

The second addition to the team, like McKenna, is a name Blues fans are familiar with.  Defenseman Taylor Chorney was claimed off of waivers last October by the injury-riddled Blues and played in two NHL games with them before being re-claimed by the Oilers. The addition of Chorney is a depth move, but a good one at that. Chorney is a left-handed, 6-foot, 196-pound defenseman who has 61 NHL games credited to him and has accumulated seven NHL points (one goal, six assists).  Chorney, 24, played in 50 games with the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons in 2011-12, recording 24 points (six goals, 18 assists).  He is a good pick-up and adds defensive depth to the Blues' organization.

The second defenseman that the Blues signed on Sunday is Fort St. John, BC native Scott Ford.  Ford is a right-handed shooting veteran AHL defenseman with no NHL games to his credit. Ford, 32, spent last season with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals and posted 11 points including four goals and seven assists. In his 380-game AHL career the 6'3", 216-pound defenseman has accumulated 41 points (four goals, 37 assists).

The moves the Blues made on Sunday are purely for organizational depth purposes.  The Note are still searching for a top-four defenseman and will determine in the coming weeks whether they can acquire one that fits their needs via free agency or trade.