The Blues made a depth move on defense today, signing defenseman Brendan Bell to a one-year, two-way contract.
Bell, 26, scored six goals along with 15 assists in 53 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. In his career, Bell has tallied seven goals and 21 assists for Ottawa and the Phoenix Coyotes.
This move gives the Blues an experienced blueliner that can be put in the lineup, in case if defenseman Eric Brewer is unable to go at the start of the season. Brewer underwent back surgery during last season and still hasn't been cleared to skate.
It's unknown when Brewer will be fully cleared for on-ice activities, but Team President John Davidson recently speculated that the Blues may start the season without Brewer if things don't change.
Bell will go into training camp fighting for a roster spot with some up-and-coming defensemen through the Blues' system, such as Steve Wagner, Jonas Junland, Danny Richmond, and Tyson Strachan.