The news ends a week of speculation about the severity of Steen's injury. Steen exited the Blues' 6-0 win in Edmonton a week ago and hasn't been seen since. Armstrong said the injury occurred gradually.
As reported, Army said Steen's concussion is the culmination of several hits recently, starting with illegal check by Ottawa's Zach Smith.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 28, 2013
The forward did not practice with the team on Friday, but coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters afterwards that Steen was "not far off from being healthy."
Armstrong's news seems to refute that. This is a disappointing blow to what was a fantastic season for Steen, who is second in the NHL with 24 goals and 38 points in 35 games. The injury parallels his struggles in 2012, when he missed 26 straight games with a concussion and had to undergo the same treatment that Paul Kariya underwent during his concussion-plagued career. The Blues can only hope for a speedier recovery this time around.