Originally Posted by MikeThierry
They had a streak in there where they made the playoffs 25 straight years and have been to the playoffs more times than they haven't in their history. They've also meet up with Detroit a lot. Yes, it's true that they haven't been to the Stanley Cup finals since 1970 but they have been a rival with Detroit for 30+ years because the Blues have always been in playoff contention outside of the 5 or so year stint after the lockout.
I appreciate that they're a proud, established franchise, though you can't put too much stock in playoff runs that went through the 1980s, just because it was extremely difficult to miss the playoffs in that decade.
That said, the Blues are a lot like the Rangers. They've had good runs, but rarely been among the league's elite. What the Rangers have going for them is they play in the most massive media market in the U.S. It exaggerates their quality when they have some quality. It also heightens the rivalry factor with other teams in the east. They punch above their weight.
So I'm completely sympathetic when it comes to following a team that's routinely thisclose to having a run where it makes a few Stanley Cups and gets recognized as one of the top teams in the NHL. Our teams are more often chasing our rivals than the other way around.
One thing that's really interesting about the Blues is the coaches who've gone on to win it all after their time in St. Louis - Scott Bowman, Al Arbour, Jacques Demers, Joel Quenneville. Red Berenson also became one of the great college coaches in the U.S. after the Blues dumped him.
Somebody ought to pounce on Davis Payne.
The Blue also have a lot of money to spend this summer. Got to believe they'll be after a franchise center.