I don't think I'm being harsh when I express disgust at us as a team not able to beat the Kings or the Sharks, both our rivals. The last two years the Kings have been able to bounce us out of the playoffs and we STILL can't beat them. I don't care if we have 100-0-0 record, if we can't beat the teams that matter, we're not going anywhere.
As for our record, news flash: Everyone else in the division has a similar record. We lose a handfull of games and we get dropped to the bottom of the pack. That's no achievement. That's us keeping up so we can make the playoffs and we've proven for 25 years that we can do just that. That's not a problem. What's a problem is beating a team like LA. We're not in this for franchise records, trophies or anything else, we're in this to win the Cup.
I was quite tolerant of players like Stewart and Bergy due to believing they have something under the hood. They really don't. They need to go away and spend the 4m on players that will put it on the line sixty minute, every game.
Now, I know we can't do that due to our current situation, but this nonsense needs to be addressed and there needs to be zero tolerance for this crap. I don't see Hitch doing that.
Everyone's like 'Shut up, we've got a winning record'. I'm like 'Screw that, we need to win a Cup'. Otherwise, what's the point, especially when the teams we get nailed with in the playoffs continue to nail us in the regular season? We beat Chicago? IS that something, when we blasted Detroit last year? I mean, seriously, these are nice little things to brag about, but then you're bragging about a game and they're bragging about winning Cups.
Which would you rather do?
Who is to say this isn't the Blues' year? Speaking of Chicago winning Cups, were they not right there with us just a few short years ago? Years of regular season success, playoff flops, 40+ years of failures and no Cups. And then....GASP! They won a Cup. And oh, the LA Kings. A team that was every bit our equal in the failure department, except for the fact that we had gone to more Stanley Cup Finals than they had. In fact, the year they won the Cup, we dominated them in the regular season. They barely made the playoffs. And then...GASP! They won a Cup.
The point I'm trying to make is that even Cup champions have flaws. Prior to them hoisting that precious piece of hardware for the first time (or in Chicago's case--the first time in a long time), they had the same doubts, questions, and inexperience that these Blues have. To isolate 2 games in November/December and start making grand proclamations about how this team is going to fit in line with all the other past failures? That's friggin' ridiculous.
And speaking of past failures, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz weren't even teenagers when the Blues lost to the Sharks in 2000. They weren't even in kindergarten when Stevie Y went top shelf. They weren't on this team when the Kings beat us the first time. Half of this team wasn't even alive when the Monday Night Miracle happened, only to be followed by another disappointment. They don't care about the Blues' past failures. It's something we do as fans with our misery, where we lump every team in as a failure until they prove themselves. But fact of the matter is, this team could be different. This team could be the one. And if not? Well, 2 games against the Sharks and the Kings isn't what will decide that.
All I go off of is the now, and right now, the Blues are one of the best teams in the West, which makes them one of the best in hockey. It doesn't mean they won't stumble. It doesn't mean they won't take some bad losses. But that's what makes the Cup the hardest, and best, trophy to win. The team that can survive injury, adversity, bad losses, tough opponents, is the one that can skate a victory lap. And that team isn't the same as the ones that came before it, or the ones that will come after. Again, who is to say that this isn't the year? We won't know until the Blues have lost for the 4th time in a playoff series...or after they win their 16th game of the postseason.
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