The St. Louis Blues have been around since 1967. If you look at their overall results, they’ve always been a solid team more often than not. They have some pretty good players throughout their history. Bernie Fedricko, Brian Sutter, goaltender Mike Liut, who almost won the MVP one year, Chris Pronger, Al MacInnis, and who could forget the immortal Brett Hull. But they had never won a Stanley Cup. That all changed a year ago. The Blues enter the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs as the five seed in the Western Conference. In round one they were matched up against the Winnipeg Jets, who they took care of in six games. In round two they faced off against the top-seeded Dallas Stars, who took them to seven games, and who they beat in game seven in a double-overtime thriller. The Western Conference Finals saw them matched up against the San Jose Sharks, and this series went to six games as well before the Blues advanced. The Stanley Cup Finals saw them matched up against the Boston Bruins. The series went a full seven games, although most of the games were not close, and the Blue proved to be victorious in game seven by a score of 4-1. Center Ryan O’Reilly was the series MVP, which is good because the Blues traded their 2019 first-round draft choice to the Buffalo Sabres for him. Overall, the Blues offseason was very quiet. They made some smaller moves in free agency to add players on one-year deals, but nothing to get excited about. Of course, winning the Stanley Cup pretty much proves you don’t have to do much to make your team better either. Why change what’s working?
One point. That’s all the separated the St. Louis Blues from the eighth seed in the Western Conference portion of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They finished the season with 94 points, one point under the Colorado Avalanche. So what did they do this off season to get that extra point, and then some?
Of course, the big move this off season for the Blues was perhaps the biggest move of the offseason in the National Hockey League. The trade that almost blew up the hockey world. Sabres-Blues. All-Star Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues for three forwards and two draft choices. The forwards Buffalo received were Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, and Tage Thompson. The draft choices were a 2019 first, and a 2021 second. After the big trade, they made a pair of notable free agent moves. First, they signed left winger David Perron to a four-year contract and then they signed center Tyler Bozak to a three-year contract. They also added goalie Chad Johnson, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon, defenseman Joey LaLeggia, and center Brian Flynn to small deals. It is no secret, the Blues are gearing up for a long playoff run. But how high can they go?
The St. Louis Blues were founded in 1967, and since their inception, have been a solid competitive franchise. Throughout their history the Blues have won their division nine times, most recently this season. The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup, but they have only missed the playoffs 8 times in their history. However it should also be noted that five of those have happened since 2006. The Blues did win the Presidents' Trophy one time, in the year 2000, but they lost in the first round to the San Jose Sharks. Also of note is that the Blues only three Stanley Cup Finals appearances, happened in their first their first three seasons of existence- 1968, 1969, and 1970.
The Blues currently play in the Scottrade Center, which was opened in 1994 as the Kiel Center. Their general manager is Doug Armstrong, and their head coach is the legendary Ken Hitchcock, one of the best coaches in recent memory. Hitchcock has 708 wins to his credit and a coached the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999.
For the 2014-2015 season, the Blues did win their division, but they were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Minnesota Wild. Nobody is sure of what the future holds for this team because this roster is what is considered to be an “old” roster. It could be about time for a rebuild in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Blues were founded in 1967, and since their inception, have been a solid competitive franchise. Throughout their history the Blues have won their division nine times, most recently this season. The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup, but they have only missed the playoffs 8 times in their history. However it should also be noted that five of those have happened since 2006. St. Louis Blues tickets for the 2016 season will be available soon!
The St. Louis Blues had a marvelous 2015-2016 NHL season. The Blues finished the season with 107 points, good for the second best record in the Western Conference, and the third best record overall. The Blues had a solid playoff run as well. In round one they defeated the Blackhawks in seven good games. In round two they played the top seed Dallas Stars due to the NHL's bizarre playoff brackets, and beat the Stars in seven games as well. They lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Finals though, thus ending their season. Other than extending Ken Hitchcock, the Blues did nothing this off-season, instead hoping to just continue to build on their efforts from last season. So far it has worked, as the Blues are off to a solid start in the early going this season, as they have 12 points, good for the third best record in the Western Conference.
The St. Louis Blues are just another one of these teams that had a solid season a year ago, but nothing to get overhyped about. The Blues finished the season with 99 points, good for 5th place. In the playoffs, they were matched up against the Minnesota Wild in round one, who were going backwards at the wrong time. The Blue sent the struggling Wild packing in five games. Round two was a different story. In round two St. Louis ran into the hottest team in the league, the 8th seeded Nashville Predators, and lost to them in six games. The team didn’t do anything, at all, in the offseason, other than make one big trade. On June 23rd they traded center Jori Lehtera, and their next two first round draft choices to Philadelphia for center Brayden Schenn. We will see what the Blues have in store for us in 2018.