Defenseman Bell to toll for St. Louis

peo_200.jpgThe St. Louis Blues, parent club of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, have signed defenseman Brendan Bell.

Bell, 26, played in 53 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) along 24 penalty minutes. He also played in 15 games with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, recording six goals and nine assists for 15 points, including an 11-game scoring streak from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14.

The 6-2, 211-pound defenseman has played in 101 NHL games, amassing 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) and 24 penalty minutes. In 303 career AHL games with Binghamton, San Antonio, Toronto and St. John’s, Bell shows 32 goals and 113 assists for 145 points.

The Ottawa, Ont., native was originally drafted by Toronto in the third round, 65th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.