NHL: Blues Scott Perunovich to have surgery, Habs sign Owen Beck, and more

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Sep 27, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Scott Perunovich (48) during warmups before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues second-year defenseman Scott Perunovich will undergo surgery to repair a fractured shoulder and miss at least six months.

The club announced Tuesday that he will have the surgery Thursday and will be re-evaluated in six months.

Scott Perunovich to have surgery

Perunovich, 24, was hurt during a preseason game against Chicago on Sept. 27.

He played in just 19 regular-season games last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum. He returned for the playoffs and had four assists in seven games.

The Blues selected Perunovich in the second round of the 2018 draft.

Defenseman Marco Scandella is also out six months after hip surgery last month.

Canadiens sign Owen Beck

The Montreal Canadiens and 18-year-old forward Owen Beck have agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract through the 2024-25 season.

Beck will earn $775,000 at the NHL level in 2022-23, $835,000 in 2023-24 and $855,000 in 2024-25. At the AHL level, he will make $82,500 per season.

The Canadiens selected Beck, a native of Ontario, with the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

He spent the 2021-22 season with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, tallying 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 68 games.

Danny DeKeyser and James Neal released from PTO

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Apr 16, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) collide during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have released defenseman Danny DeKeyser from his PTO on Tuesday.

DeKeyser, 32, has played 10 seasons in the NHL, all with the Detroit Red Wings. In 547 regular-season games, he’s totaled 146 points.

Forward James Neal was released from his PTO on Monday by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Neal, 35, has amassed 559 points in 869 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues over 14 years.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article