Bissonnette will join Blues for tryout

ST. LOUIS — The Blues announced Tuesday morning that they will have another veteran forward at training camp attempting to earn a contact and a roster spot, and it's a name many NHL fans are familiar with. That would be Paul Bissonnette, formerly of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Bissonnette will be in training camp with St. Louis on a professional tryout contract.

The 29-year-old left winger has played in 202 career NHL games, most over the past five years with the Coyotes, and has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists), a plus-minus rating of plus-7 and 340 career penalty minutes.

The Blues will now have 37 forwards and 59 players total in training camp and landing a job won't be easy for Bissonnette, a tough guy — with 53 regular-season fights on his resume, according to hockeyfights.com — who was a fourth-line player for the Coyotes when he wasn't a healthy scratch.

Tuesday's announcement continues the trend this offseason of the Blues bringing in veterans who will add to the depth of the roster and competition for spots during training camp, which officially begins on Friday.

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