I wrote this as a response to a post that Brad made over on St. Louis Game Time that basically perfectly summarized the Blues’ off-season: cheap. I figured it was such a good (and long) comment that hey, why not post here, too? That, and it’s summer and the off-season isn’t giving me much motivation to write.
While I totally expected this from the Blues, and aren’t pissed off by any of the signings (ok, Brian Elliott bothered me initially), none of them are difference makers. None of them’ll give this team that depth or oomph to get over the hump when half of the team goes down with injury.
And we all know that’ll happen, because it always does.
Every single guy Brad mentioned would have helped the team, and wouldn’t’ve been a huge miss. Most of the guys I mentioned in my SBNSTL preview of the forwards are gone. Hell, I even mentioned Marty Reasoner, since he was a big part of the reason FLA’s penalty kill was outstanding last year, along with Mike Weaver. We need face-off help, and Reasoner could provide it. Where’d he wind up? Long Island. Eric Belanger would have been useful. Where does he go? Edmonton.
We didn’t get (not saying didn’t make a play for) the better depth guys who would have actually helped this team. When you have Doug Armstrong focused on a reunion with Jamie Langenbrunner, and THAT could be your big signing of the off-season, there’s an issue. I’d rather have Jason Arnott, because at least while his numbers are falling off due to age he still has heart. Langenbrunner didn’t make road trips with the Devils for a few games last year while he was captain because he was too busy bitching about playing time.
Sure, there are still guys to get, but the Blues have 11 forwards on one-way contracts right now. You can’t tell me they won’t plug those last three available forward spots with AHL guys like Brett Sterling and Ryan Reaves.
I love this team, and they’re doing exactly what I expected them to do, but good lord. Exceeding expectations sure would be swell once in a while.