The point is NOT to just make the playoffs. The point is to win it all. That's what they practice all year, that's why we play games. We're not competing for statistics or to say we make the playoffs x year or didn't make it y year, NO ONE REMEMBERS THAT. All they remember is if you won it all. Or not.
As it stands, we are the only Second Six team left who has not won the Cup. And for me that is unacceptable. It should be unacceptable to the front office and unacceptable to the management and this team. But they play like garbage and they have played like garbage and lulled at the times when they needed to play the hardest. These guys know what they're supposed to do and they do not do it. They won't do it to win a Cup and they don't even try. They laid down and died in front of LA last year. No effort. No nothing except for a Chris Stewart attempt to turn the tide psychologically and that is sad. And now we're seeing more of this display. Unacceptable.
This team will NOT do what it takes to win the Cup. They flat out do not care. And their play shows it. Yeah, we shot down Detroit in Game One, but tell me, you going to count a lame duck in as a skilled adversary for us? Is that where the true level of our bar is held at? Sure looks that way.
How the Blues have not stolen perfect examples of how to build a long term Cup winner/contender when the greatest example of the modern era is in our division (Detroit) is beyond me.
St. Louis has long tolerated the low bar of playoff experiences over real, epic playoff pain of conference and finals losing to learn how to win the Cup. It's much easier to die off in the first or second round than risk that crushing feeling of dying in the Finals and having to learn what it really takes to be champions.
This team does have the potential to be a great team. But in our tradition we seem to get to a certain point of "good enough" and stop.