Blues release Nystrom, Porter from PTOs
St. Louis continued to part ways with veteran training camp participants on Monday, releasing forwards Eric Nystrom and Chris Porter from their professional tryouts.
The news comes just one day after another veteran forward, T.J. Galiardi, was dropped from his PTO.
Nystrom, 33, caught on with the Blues after Nashville bought out the final year of his contract this summer. Nystrom arrived in camp with a great deal of experience, having played nearly 600 games for four different NHL clubs.
Porter, 32, rejoined the Blues after playing 200 games with the club over an eight-year span.
His PTO came after a whirlwind ’15-16 campaign. After he and the Blues were eliminated in the opening playoff round, Porter left and signed a one-year deal with Philly, but never played a single game for the Flyers.
Minnesota claimed him off waivers just prior to the start of the regular season, reuniting him with good buddy (and former UND teammate) Zach Parise.
With the Wild, Porter had a fairly effective campaign in a defensive forward/checking role -- four goals and seven points in 61 games, appearing in all six of Minnesota’s opening-round playoff games.
In other moves today, the Blues sent Tommy Vannelli, Chris Butler and Pheonix Copley to AHL Chicago.