St Louis Blues Strength and Weakness and Stanley Cup Chances posted by Blues Fan
Having finished fourth in the league all the St Louis Blues Coach needed to do was a few readjustments and the team would be perfect. But General Manager Doug Armstrong a nd
Head coach Ken Hitchcock were not satisfied with minor changes in the team.
There were a number of key acquisitions which included the signing of a new assistant coach Kirk Muller and goaltending coach Jim Corsi. But one of the most important acquisitions this season was centre Paul Stastny. The free agent was signed by manager Doug Armstrong and got a 4 year contract with the team.
Paul Stastny finished the last season with 60 points in 71 games last year. Despite this key acquisition by the Blues, they had to let one of their key talent go. Vladimir Sobotka has an underrated skill that helped boost the Blues defence.
Another talented center is captain David Backes. Backes and Paul Stastny help to provide a quality number 1 line for the team no matter who they are playing with. Other talents like Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund and Alex Steen, help to provide even more depth for the blues. As long as the blues can deploy this talent they will be good enough this season.
One move that could potentially leave a problem was the departure of Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders. The Blues do not have a starter goalie as a result. They still have Jake Allen and Brian Elliot to rely on and they may help they could prove to be just as good with time.
Despite a few doubts with the goal tending alternatives, the team will most likely get better this season. It is possible for the team to cruise through central division of the Western conference and even make it to the playoffs.Continue reading "St Louis Blues Strength and Weakness ..."