St. Louis Blues

I love what the St. Louis Blues are doing. This is a team that has never won a Stanley, has struggled with ownership and has sacrificed draft choices like no other team in the game’s history.

And right now, as we speak, the St. Louis Blues might be in the best shape in franchise history. Since John Davidson moved to St. Louis from New York the Blues have made a large number of small but extremely intelligent moves. Good bets, let’s call them.

The Blues off-season headlines all have the arrows pointing in the right direction: Blues sign top pick Erik Johnson, Blues sign Keith Tkachuk, Blues sign Paul Kariya, Blues acquire Hannu Toivonen.

That last transaction came today, with the Blues getting a very good young goalie for a prospect Carl Soderberg. Soderberg scored at about a point-per-game in the SEL and is certainly a legit prospect, but Toivonen is an outstanding young goalie who at 23 has already played parts of two seasons in the NHL. It’s a very good bet.

The Blues went to the finals several times when I was a kid (Clarence Campbell insisted the expansion division have a representative in the finals each season 68-70 and the Blues were crushed all three times despite goaltending from Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante, in photo) and have been a fun team to watch over the years. They’ve never really had a team that was built for the long term, but this team is building for a nice run.

The Blues have a plan and are committed to sticking to it.

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6 Responses to "St. Louis Blues"

  1. Chris! says:

    “… the Blues have made a large number of small but extremely intelligent moves.”

    Remember when the Oilers used to do stuff like that? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a shrewd, under-the-radar off-season deal like that time we signed some castaway UFA named Steve Staios in 2001.

    I think the realization that we can at least theoretically contend for the top free agents available has actually made our acquistions worse. The Oilers tried a little harder to panhandle for gold among the scraps when our expectations were more modest. Now it’s all about hitting the mother lode.

    Bah. I’d much rather have Miller and one of Johnson or Gelinas right now than Sheldon Souray.

  2. jon says:

    The prospect in the deal scored a PPG in the SEL-2 league. Makes the trade somewhat more impressive. Kariya is likely the best signing and I’m still pissed that we didn’t get him for whatever reason.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Soderberg also apparently suffered an eye injury at some point, but I don’t have all the details.

    As a guy who watched the Bruins go deep in the playoffs pretty much every season as a kid, and whose hero was Bobby Orr, watching the stupidity of their management is just too much to take.

    Man they’re bad.

  4. SweatyO says:

    As a guy who watched the Bruins go deep in the playoffs pretty much every season as a kid, and whose hero was Bobby Orr, watching the stupidity of their management is just too much to take.

    Well, let’s hope the stupid continues and they’re willing to hand over Patrice Bergeron to us, thinking that Savard/Kessel has them covered down the middle.

  5. PunjabiOil says:

    Brad Boyes was also acquired for a cheap price

  6. James Mirtle says:

    Davidson’s a smart dude. And, yes, the Blues are already going to be loads better… that defence is seriously underrated and Jackman quietly had a whale of a year last season (plus-20 on that team?).

    All they need is a few more goals and a better power play and they’re a legit shot to make the postseason.

    Hard to believe.

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