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NHL Notes: Woman dies after fall at Blues game

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The Blues offered their sympathies Friday after a female fan died after falling from an escalator following a game Thursday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

The Blues offered their sympathies Friday after a female fan died after falling from an escalator following a game Thursday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

A woman fell to her death from an escalator on Thursday night at a St. Louis Blues game in the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

According to police, the unidentified woman fell from the second level and was taken to a local hospital. Her death was ruled accidental.

The Blues issued a statement Friday afternoon expressing their sympathy.

"The entire St. Louis Blues organization is deeply saddened today. Following last night's home game, a fan riding an escalator in the arena was involved in a fall. Tragically, she died as a result of injuries sustained in the fall," Blues chairman Tom Stillman said. "We are working closely with the St. Louis Police Department to investigate the facts surrounding this tragic event.

"Everyone with the St. Louis Blues -- our ownership, management, coaches, players and staff -- extends our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the woman's family and friends. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and we ask all Blues fans to do the same."

AVS SIGN MARTIN

The Colorado Avalanche signed goaltender Spencer Martin to a three-year, entry-level contract, according to a report Friday.

TVA Sports reported the deal is a two-way contract, which carries an annual average value of $760,000.

Martin, 19, was Colorado's third-round selection (63rd overall) at the 2013 draft.

In 64 appearances with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14, Martin posted a 24-33-5 record, a 3.54 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.

WILD ASSIGN SEVEN

The Minnesota Wild assigned seven players to Iowa of the American Hockey League and reduced their training camp roster to 27 on Friday.

The players are defensemen Jonathon Blum and Justin Falk, and forwards Tyler Graovac, Michael Keranen, Zack Phillips, Gustav Olofsson and Joel Rechlicz.

The Wild also placed forwards Curt Gogol and Brett Sutter on waivers. They will be assigned to Iowa on Saturday if they clear waivers.

PANTHERS ASSIGN SIX

The Florida Panthers assigned six players to San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Friday.

The players are forwards Rocco Grimaldi, Quinton Howden, Drew Shore and Vincent Trocheck, and defensemen Alex Petrovic and Mackenzie Weegar.

"All of these players competed very hard over the last two weeks and had excellent training camps," general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "They are all young and talented players who will be a big part of our organization moving forward. We are very confident that they will help us win now and in the future."

The team also placed defenseman Blake Parlett on injured reserve.

The Panthers' training camp roster now stands at 24 players.

RED WINGS REDUCE ROSTER

The Detroit Red Wings made several moves Friday to reduce their roster to 34 players.

The team assigned forward Louis-Marc Aubry and goaltender Tom McCollum to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

In addition, the Red Wings placed forward Pavel Datsyuk on seven-day injured reserve retroactive to Sept. 22 and forward Andy Miele and right winger Anthony Mantha on non-roster injured reserve.

The Red Wings play the first of two back-to-back road preseason games Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red Wings wrap up their preseason against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

BRIEFLY

The Edmonton Oilers placed goaltender Richard Bachman on waivers Friday for the purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.


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