a few more points on this trade
first of all, I hope, really really hope, that I am wrong. That Miller is the guy to be the difference. I'd love to eat the crow and ask for seconds.
When I say I'm the only one that doesn't like this trade, I mean I and the guys at St Louis Game Time, who had some choice things to say about a trade for Ott the day before it went down.
A lot of people have said they don't mind dealing 2 #1 picks for a Cup, but we didn't do that. We dealt for Ott and Miller. Whether this will get us to the Finals, or even out of the first round for a change, is yet to be seen.
Even with Miller, if and when we play LA or Anaheim or Boston, we still have the second best starting goalie in the series.
One might venture to compare the acquisition of Ott to the Calgary Flames acquisition of John Tonelli in 1986. A gritty veteran with playoff chops who got his team over the unfortunate division rival speedbump that was the Edmonton Oilers, and the Blues' Monday Night Miracle for that matter. (If we win the Cup, I may do so myself.) But for now....a few problems with that scenario. The first is Ott is not John Tonelli. Tonelli went 7-9-16 in 22 playoff games for the Flames that year, which would be a pretty good half season for Ott. The second is the Flames had talent and lacked grit and needed to beat a team that was even more ludicrously talented. The Blues arguably had plenty of grit and really need more high end scoring. The Kings have beaten us the past two years by out Bluesing the Blues. They are as gritty, as stingy, as steady in goal, and have higher end scoring talent. Making us grittier doesn't seem like a formula to finally best them. Lastly, the Tonelli trade gets lots of props because of his Cups with the Isle and his locker room leadership, but the Flames also landed a guy named Joe Mullen that deadline and all Mullen did that playoff was lead the Flames in scoring with 12-7-19 in 21 games.
So your argument is to compare the trade to a trade that was almost 30 years ago? Different eras and a different team. Twice...this team got pushed around by LA. Elliott was OK ,but the Blues need someone with the mental makeup to go against Quick. Now, Miller might not be as good as Quick but he has a little more "strut in his step". So, the Blues could have kept with the same ole...but instead they went after the BEST option around...Miller. And better to have the #2 rather than the #18. Go for it all, the time is now.
And Ott brings more to the table than Stewart. The problem with Stewart is that he disappears. Ott, you know what you get. I trust Hitch will know what to do with pieces that are consistent rather than the guessing-game that is Stewart. And what high-scoring talent do you think the Blues could get that would be the "Joe Mullen" of this year...within the cap and within the talent that is available?