Originally Posted by M2
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.
Don't get me started on the Curse of Scotty Bowman, lol. I read a stat a couple of years ago that out of the past 40 Stanley Cups, it was won 20 or 21 times by former Blues head coaches. It's mind boggling how cursed it seems the Blues are on that front.