Monday, April 13, 2009

Meet the St. Louis Blues

Both teams will bleed blue, but let's meet the young (average age 28.1) Blues team.

The St. Louis Blues were dismantled after the NHL lockout year. Chris Pronger, Mike Sillinger and Doug Weight were all moved. They then only won 21 games that year, finished last in the NHL and missed the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.

The fans reacted. Season ticket holders didn't renew.

The Blues hired HC Andy Murray in 2006 replacing Mike Kitchen. During the span of the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 season, the Blue only had 3 sold out games.

Now the faces of the franchise are young. TJ Oshie, David Perron, Patrick Berglund and #1 draft pick Erik Johnson (injured). They are taking the same road as the Coyotes and Kings, getting younger and faster.

Meet the D:
Eric Brewer (injured, recovering from reconstructive surgery) and Erik Johnson (injured - due to his right foot getting caught between the accelerator and brake pedal of a golf cart on a team golfing trip in September...) are both out due to injuries. That leaves the following D pairings:
Roman Polak-Barret Jackman
Carlo Colaiacovo-Mike Weaver
Jay McKee-Jeff Woywitka

-If you Canuck fans remember, Mike Weaver used to be a Canuck last year. Not a great one, but he ate up some minutes. Due to all the injuries on their blue line, Weaver has been playing more minutes than expected.
-Carlo Colaiacovo would like for you to buy vowel from his last name. He really does. He got good/non injured once he was traded to the Blues from the Leafs.
-Jeff Woywitka has an awesome name. Just say it. And you spell it just like the way you hear it.
-Roman Polak. Think about it. Have you ever seen an Italian polak? I think not. Someone should tell him he's actually Czech.

Next up, the offence and goaltending.

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