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St. Louis Blues GM discusses signing Jaromir Jagr after Robby Fabbri injury leaves holes in lineup

The Blues are thin at forward and could call upon Jagr after this latest injury.

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Jaromir Jagr might have a place in the NHL after all.

The St. Louis Blues now have a hole in their top nine after the team announced center Robby Fabbri will miss the entire 2017-18 season after re-injuring his left knee. On Thursday, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told reporters that the team has discussed bringing in Jagr to alleviate its problems at the forward position:

"He's a great player," Armstrong said. "Certainly we've talked internally about him, as well as a number of players. But we're really going to have to dig deep into how our style of play is and what type of players can come in and complement our style."

The loss of Fabbri is just another blow to the Blues for the upcoming season. The 21-year-old center had 29 points in 51 games last season and was penciled into the team’s top nine before re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee in training camp.

Also missing for the Blues to start the upcoming season are forwards Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund. Steen will not be ready for the Blues season opener due to a hand injury, while Berglund’s shoulder injury will keep him out until December at the earliest.

Jagr is set to announce his team of choice for the upcoming season on Oct. 5. The 45-year-old forward is expected to suit up for Kladno in the Czech Republic this weekend, becoming a player-owner of the club while waiting to announce his news.

Now that the Blues have a few glaring openings at the forward position, they have become the frontrunner to land Jagr in the NHL. Talk about the veteran forward has been thin this offseason, but it has flared up once more with this injury news.

Of course, all discussions about Jagr have been internal within the Blues organization. Time is seemingly running out to sign the veteran forward to a deal before the start of the season, as if he chooses the KHL, Jagr will not be able to return to the league until his contract is complete.