First, I’d like to thank the readers of this site for their patience during a bit of downtime. I’ve been dealing with an injury and haven’t been able to post the semi-reliable, quasi-professional content you’ve all come to know.

Second, it hasn’t exactly been a slow news week in my absence so there’s a lot to get through. We’re going to start with Jaden Schwartz.

The forward was placed on the injured reserve list by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with a right ankle injury. He’s expected to miss at least six weeks.

“It [stinks],” Blues centre Brayden Schenn said. “He’s having a great year, doing it all for us at both ends of the ice and making stuff happen. He can definitely be in the conversation, (in) my opinion, our MVP thus far this season.”

Schwartz was injured blocking a Mike Green shot on Saturday during the Blues’ 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The 25-year-old has 35 points in 30 games this season, including 14 goals and 21 assists. He has four goals on the power play. He is second to Schenn on the team in scoring and is ninth overall, with an average of 19:12 of ice time per game.

So yes, to coin a phase from Brayden Schenn, this does stink for the Blues.

Head coach Mike Yeo said X-rays were negative after the game on Saturday and things seemed okay, but additional testing revealed the full extent of the injury after swelling dissipated.

“It’s a tough break,” said Yeo. “I feel really bad for [Schwartz], just the year he’s having, the way he’s put himself on the map in our league, the recognition he’s getting has been so well deserved, so I feel bad for him and obviously it’s a loss for our group.”

Forward Ivan Barbashev was recalled from the Chicago Wolves to fill in. The AHLer has eight points in 17 games this season.

The Blues are second in the Western Conference with a 20-8-2 record and face the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.