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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:37 pm 
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12.10.2009 4:51 pm
Blues Top 10 of Decade
By Reid Laymance
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As the decade draws to a close, the Post-Dispatch will look at 10 memorable moments for many of the area’s teams and events. As with any lists, they are purely subjective and a fun point of discussion. Feel free to add your own in the comments section of the blog.

Here are the Blues top 10 of the Decade, by Dan O’Neill.

Biggest Win
You can’t compare a regular season win to winning an overtime playoff game. After tying the score in the final three minutes of regulation, the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime on a goal by unsung Bryce Salvador. More than 19,800 were at Scottrade on April 19, 2001, to see the Blues go ahead 3-2 n the conference quarterfinals, and they clinched the series two nights later in San Jose. For Salvador, it was his first career playoff goal.

Best Player
The Blues had two of the best defensemen in NHL history for parts of the decade, Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger. But forward Keith Tkachuk has been the constant. Before this season, No. 7 had scored 224 goals and 242 assists this decade for the Blues, and he’s still adding to the numbers.

Best Mascot
Towel Man. Ron Baechle, 50, a commercial artist, has been the legendary linen peddler since 1990. He sits in the rafters and springs into action after every Blues goal, hanging over a railing, waving his towel and counting down the goals with fist pumps. You can’t teach that. God’s speed, Towel Man.

Biggest Loss
For the first and only time in their history, the Blues were the best regular season team in the NHL in 1999-2000, amassing 51 wins and 114 points. But after beating the Sharks 6-2 in Game 6 at San Jose, the President’s Cup winners lost Game 7 at home 3-1. A stunned crowd of more than 20,400 watched as the highly-anticipated playoff season ended, one and out.

Best Hidden Gem
Having traded stars like Chris Pronger, having alienated even the hardest of their hardcore fans, the Blues were on life support when Dave Checketts’ SCP group acquired the team 2006. Checketts hired broadcaster John Davidson, a former goaltender with no executive experience, to bring the franchise out of darkness. The Blues still have ground to cover, but Davidson has led a remarkable resurgence and reconnect with the community.

Best Nickname
Black goaltender Fred Brathwaite, whose nickname was “Shady B.” Second choice would be Al MacInnis’ moniker, “Chopper.”

Worst Transaction
A gritty and promising young Blues center, Mike Danton pleaded guilty to hiring a hitman to murder his agent, David Frost, in July, 2004. The hitman turned out to be a police dispatcher and Danton eventually was sent to jail for conspiracy to commit murder. Danton was released on parole last September.

Most Memorable
Jochen Hecht’s goal 18 seconds into overtime capped off one of the most incredible rallies in NHL history on Nov. 30, 2000. The Blues scored six unanswered goals to stun the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Leafs led 5-0 with 15:09 remaining in the third period.

Most Forgettable
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, defenseman Erik Johnson tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee during a freak accident at a golf outing in September, 2008. After he showed signs of blossoming as a rookie, the injury forced Johnson to miss the entire 2008-09 season.

Best Individual Performance
Ty Conklin knows this one. Current a Blues netminder, he was in goal for Detroit when David Backes scored four times, including a game-winner with 4:07 to play, to lead the Note to a crucial 5-4 win over the Red Wings on April 4 at Detroit. With four games left on the schedule, the improbable victory over the Wings - who had beaten the Blues five previous times in the season - boosted the playoff surge. The performance was Backes’ first career hat trick.

Louie is pissed about this I'm sure. Towel Man should watch his back.

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Best player = Tkachuk?????? Personally I like Walt, but that's ridiculous. :shock:





MacInnis. Period.

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Pronger above Walt as well.

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They're obviously taking into account total production in the bluenote for the entire decade. Other than Walt, nobody has put up more numbers for the Blues in the last 10 years than Weight.

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WaukeeBlues wrote:
They're obviously taking into account total production in the bluenote for the entire decade. Other than Walt, nobody has put up more numbers for the Blues in the last 10 years than Weight.


Why Mark Rycroft didnt even get an honorable mention is beyond me.

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richtedm wrote:
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They're obviously taking into account total production in the bluenote for the entire decade. Other than Walt, nobody has put up more numbers for the Blues in the last 10 years than Weight.


Why Mark Rycroft didnt even get an honorable mention is beyond me.


Or Shjon Podein!

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Worst transaction is Danton? What a joke. Pronger.

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ohio BLUES wrote:
Worst transaction is Danton? What a joke. Pronger.


:plusplus:

Yea no $hit. His presence on the team was negligible (Danton) AT BEST. His conduct was never alleged to be anything of a reflection on the Blues organization and nobody has ever alleged as much.

Here are my two favorite gems of this decade:

*Sillinger for Shishkanov (Worst trade evar)

*Salvador for Janssen (Oh wait, I'm sorry, I was supposed to get a warm fuzzy for having a "local lad" donning the bluenote. My bad.)

:doh:

Best trade evar:

Weinrich for a draft pick and prospect

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WaukeeBlues wrote:
ohio BLUES wrote:
Worst transaction is Danton? What a joke. Pronger.


:plusplus:

Yea no $hit. His presence on the team was negligible (Danton) AT BEST. His conduct was never alleged to be anything of a reflection on the Blues organization and nobody has ever alleged as much.

Agreed. The only way it works as Danton is if O'Neill is suggesting that the money Danton paid for what eventually was a 5-year jail sentence is the worst Blues-related transaction... and in that case, he made a pretty bad joke and the answer is STILL giving up Pronger for warm bodies and beans.

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Black goaltender Fred Brathwaite, whose nickname was “Shady B.” Second choice would be Al MacInnis’ moniker, “Chopper.”


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WaukeeBlues wrote:
*Salvador for Janssen (Oh wait, I'm sorry, I was supposed to get a warm fuzzy for having a "local lad" donning the bluenote. My bad.)


That was a fookin' HORRIBLE trade. You NEVER, EVER, EVER trade top 4 defenseman who is physical and can fight.

At least we got a brawler in return, but a goon can NEVER make up for a regular player who is willing to go.

HORRID trade.

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goon attack wrote:
WaukeeBlues wrote:
*Salvador for Janssen (Oh wait, I'm sorry, I was supposed to get a warm fuzzy for having a "local lad" donning the bluenote. My bad.)


That was a fookin' HORRIBLE trade. You NEVER, EVER, EVER trade top 4 defenseman who is physical and can fight.

At least we got a brawler in return, but a goon can NEVER make up for a regular player who is willing to go.

HORRID trade.

Wow. Not often I agree with goon on things related to teh hockies... or anything for that matter.

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goon attack wrote:
WaukeeBlues wrote:
*Salvador for Janssen (Oh wait, I'm sorry, I was supposed to get a warm fuzzy for having a "local lad" donning the bluenote. My bad.)


That was a fookin' HORRIBLE trade. You NEVER, EVER, EVER trade top 4 defenseman who is physical and can fight.

At least we got a brawler in return, but a goon can NEVER make up for a regular player who is willing to go.

HORRID trade.

This.

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It wasn't so much a real trade as an attempt to get something for him. He wasn't going to be resigned, so they traded 2 months of Salvador for Janssen.

I do agree that it sucked though. I miss Salvador a lot. He was very underrated. I would take him over any current Dman on the team (besides Johnson).

Should have moved Brewer, Jackman or McKee and kept Salvador.

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Should have moved Brewer, Jackman or McKee and kept Salvador.


Can't agree with that more.

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Should have moved Brewer, Jackman or McKee and kept Salvador.



Exactly!

We'd still have the solid Salvador.

We could possibly be down either Brewer's or Jackman's huge contract.

And we wouldn't hat to worry about Murry not only dressing Janssen in the wrong games, but there has also been games where Cam has been given way too many shifts. Other games his presence has forced guys to double shift way too much and killed us in the Third and OT.

I love to watch Cam kick azz, but I always feel much better when he scratched then not simply because I know that can’t end poorly (since the NHL is getting their way and fighting is almost gone).

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Pronger above Walt as well.


Shoot, even Demitra > Walt.

Walt just played with us the most seasons this decade.


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