Slovakian Shakeup: St. Louis Blues 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 29th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season.

As we enter the Western Conference playoffs, we find the St. Louis Blues.

Key Additions: G Jaroslav Halak, C T.J. Hensick, C Vladimir Sobotka, C Dave Scatchard, D Nathan Oystrick.

Key Subtractions: C Lars Eller, LW Paul Kariya, D David Rundblad, D Nate Guenin, D Mike Weaver, G Chris Mason, LW Keith Tkachuk, D Darryl Sydor.

Playing under the radar seems to be a staple of the St. Louis Blues organization for year. A new youth movement and some surprising veteran leadership has given the Blues a solid core, but again, they went generally unnoticed. That was, until the huge deal that brought them a franchise goaltender.

Jaroslav Halak became notorious for his late season and playoff heroics as the unthinkable eight seed, the Montreal Canadiens, spent all their energy en route to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Blues benefited most from the Habs’ off-season changes, however, scooping up Halak and signing him long term. In that single move, the Blues have establishe ...

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