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Blues captain Drake done for year with broken ribs

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues' captain has gone down with the ship.

In the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history,
the Blues announced Thursday that captain Dallas Drake will miss the rest of the season with a pair of broken ribs and torn cartilage.

Drake suffered the injury in a 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday at
Chicago, the Blues' eighth straight defeat. The 37-year-old
right wing had just two goals and 24 assists in 62 games this
season.

St. Louis (20-38-13) already is eliminated from playoff
contention, ending the team's 25-year run of postseason
appearances.

Drake's injury is the latest setback for the Blues, who also are
without rookie goaltender Curtis Sanford (knee) and defensemen
Barret Jackman (jaw) and Eric Brewer (shoulder), three of nine
players currently on injured reserve.

A sixth-round pick of Detroit in 1989, Drake has recorded 168
goals and 291 assists in 884 games with the Red Wings, the Coyotes and the Blues.

In a related moved, St. Louis recalled right wing Jon Disalvatore from Peoria of the American Hockey League. The 25-year-old appeared in five games with the Blues earlier this season, recording three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating.