key quote "Another reason this was a curious trade is that it failed to address the Blues' real issue, which is to say that they're probably not doing enough offensively to convince anyone who's paying real attention that they're true contenders in the Western Conference, let alone for the Stanley Cup"
My counter to this...
Presently the Blues rank 3rd in Goals Per Game at 3.22 behind Chicago (3.36) and Anaheim (3.23) and in front of the likes of Pittsburgh (3.13), Boston (3.12), Colorado (3.03), and San Jose (2.89).
In 5 on 5 Goals For/Against ratio, the Blues rank 4th at 1.37 behind Boston (1.45), Anaheim (1.44), and Chicago (1.40).
Powerplay, the Blues rank 4th at 21.3%, behind Pittsburgh (25.0%), Washington (22.1%), and Chicago (21.4%).
And in the plain ol' Goals For category, the Blues rank 3rd with 193 behind Chicago (208) and Anaheim (200).
How is this not 'doing enough offensively?' The Blues are literally doing almost the best in the league offensively in every category. Mind you, in overall goals for, the Blues have 2 games in hand on both Chicago and Anaheim. No, they probably won't score 15 goals in 2 games to match Chicago, but could they score 7 in 2 games? Sure.
Point is, so many people think the Blues 'need' offense because we don't have an Ovechkin, Crosby, Kane, Toews, Thornton, etc. What they don't think about is that we've got scoring up and down the roster, as evidenced by the Blues being near the top in how many double digit goal scorers they have.
Where in these stats does it say the Blues need to do more offensively? (More of a question to Ryan Lambert than anyone, but still...)