The Blues placed veteran Chris Porter on waivers for a period that will end today.
Any team can claim Porter, who has 129 games, 10 goals and 24 points of experience. The 29-year-old left winger got the short end of the roster stick this season when the Blues signed free agent Brenden Morrow.

Porter played well for the Blues down the stretch last season. When Scott Nichol was injured, Porter moved from the wing to center on the fourth line, and the “CPR Line” of Adam Cracknell, Porter and Ryan Reaves performed well in a six-game playoff loss to Los Angeles.

Both Porter and Cracknell were rewarded with one-way NHL contracts after the season ended. But as the new season approached, the Blues took an opportunity to add experienced depth by signing Morrow.

His one-way deal notwithstanding, Porter wound up with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago. He recently joined the Blues for two games but returned to Chicago when Morrow came off injured reserve. Porter has no goals and five assists in eight games for the Wolves.

The Blues are up against the league’s salary cap. If Porter is claimed, his two-year deal and $675,000 cap hit comes off the books. But general manager Doug Armstrong emphasized there is more to Porter’s situation than bookkeeping. He believes Porter belongs in the NHL and deserves the opportunity if it’s out there.

“He played well while he was here” recently, Armstrong said. “And he played very well for us last season. He’s done everything we have asked of him and we believe he’s an NHL player. We’re not an organization that wants to hold a player down and deny him that opportunity if it’s there.”