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Examining the St. Louis Blues

by Evan Grossman / NHL.com

 
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Blues hoping second-half surge lingers

The St. Louis Blues go into this season looking to build on the second-half surge that carried them out of the Central Division basement.

The Blues went 28-17-9 in their last 54 games after Andy Murray took over behind the bench from Mike Kitchen in December. Murray’s arrival sparked a revival that got the Blues a lot closer to respectability. Blues President John Davidson, in his second year, has a plan in place, and this season could see the emergence of a new generation of young Blues led by defenseman Erik Johnson; the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006 is expected to make his NHL debut.

Davidson also brought in veterans like Paul Kariya, a point-per-game scorer with Nashville, and Blues lifer Keith Tkachuk, who returned to St. Louis after a Deadline Day deal with Atlanta. They join Doug Weight in a strong core group that hopefully will help the kids grow. The Blues were a vastly improved team last season after Murray’s arrival; with added firepower and the return of shot-blocking defenseman Jay McKee — who was injured for most of last season — they should continue to edge their way into the top tier of teams in the West.
2006-07 Record:
34-35-13, 3rd Central

Who's In:
D Alex Brooks, D Micki DuPont, F Francois-Pierre Guenette, F Martin Kariya, F Paul Kariya, F Chris Porter, G Jusso Riksman, F Keith Tkachuk, G Hannu Toivonen, F Jean-Guy Trudel
 
Who's Out:

F Jon DiSalvatore, F Dallas Drake, F Radek Dvorak, D Zach Fitzgerald, D Tomas Mojzis, F Ryan Ramsay, D Jamie Rivers, G Curtis Sanford, D Carl Soderberg

2006-07 Leading Scorers:
Doug Weight (16-43-59), Lee Stempniak (27-25-52), Petr Cajanek (15-33-48), Brad Boyes (17-29-46), Radek Dvorak (10-27-37)

2006-07 Goaltending Leaders:
Manny Legace 23-15-5, 2.59 GAA, 45 appearances, .907 save percentage, 5 shutouts; Curtis Sanford 8-12-5, 3.18 GAA, 31 appearances, .888 save percentage, 0 shutouts


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