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.