How bad will St. Louis be?

St. Louis has played 49 games this year and has won just 11 of them and they have just traded their two best players, Mike Sillinger and Doug Weight. Keith Tkachuk is sure to be traded as soon as he is healthy and guys like Dean McAmmond, Scott Young, Eric Weinrich and Dallas Drake are all surely on the trade block too. So my question is, how many of the Blues final 33 games will they win? Enter you choice in the poll in the right side menu.

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  1. Blues management didn’t expect the events that have occured. Being for sale cripples any and all moves. I think they started out thinking they could compete. The new rules and speed required in the NHL caught them off guard. On the other hand, being a Black Hawk fan, I think the Hawks knew exactly where they would be. Supposedly, good prospects on the farm and loaded with players they have the rights to in juniors and europe. Dale Tallon is a sharp guy and a good guy. He couldn’t for a minute believe that the team assembled had anywhere near the offensive firepower to compete. To compete, Habibulin would’ve had to be spectacular every game, along with a young defensive corps playing beyond their years. The young defensemen have been the teams biggest pleasant surprise. Terrible power play (when they get one), playing shorthanded more than any team in the league (great penalty kill), no goal scorers that other teams would need to concentrate on shutting down, and as we know, a horrible year for the big signing, goaltender Habby. Some teams GM’S were prepared and did they’re homework (Carolina and Nashville for two), too many other got caught with they’re pantaloons down.

  2. Since you brought him up, Paul, I would like to talk about Nikolai Khabibulin. Years ago, about when I was 9 (now 15), I went to a Kings road game in Phoenix. This was back when they still had Jeremy Roenick, Mike Gartner, Nikolai Khabibulin, and Keith Tkachuk. Ever since that game, a 4-0 Kings win, Khabibulin was always my favorite goalie mostly because I loved his name and his nickname. When I grew older and began to know more about hockey, I became a fan of him because of his goaltending ability. He started the first 5 years of his career (’94-’95 through ’98-’99) in Winnipeg and Phoenix with a slightly-above average team. In 2000 when he went to Tampa Bay, little did he know he would be a major part in Tampa’s Stanley Cup Championship in ’03-’04. Now, in the offseason, he went to Chicago, a subpar team who is 3rd in the division. There is good news and bad news about that. There is comforting in the fact that they are third behind Nashville and Detroit, but less comforting in the fact that they are third ahead of Columbus and St. Louis. I am still perplexed as to why he didn’t opt to stay with the defending champs.

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