It's not just the championship thing... this team can't win in the postseason period.
I've been watching for 26 years and I've seen them get to the third round ONCE.
They've won a single playoff round in the last 12 years.
They've lost the right to call themselves a good team. THIS IS NOT A GOOD TEAM. Good teams can do crazy things, like win a single (Frank) playoff round.
I don';t give a shit that they lost to the Cup champs again. Who cares. There is always a reason, always an excuse. The time for excuses is over and it's time to just accept that this is a mediocre team that probably isn't a piece or two away from success. This is a miserable failure of a team who has accomplished NOTHING that should convince any reasonable person that they are a contender. THEY ARE NOT.
We need to stop pretending they are close. This teams close to nothing.
If they want to be considered "close" or "good" they need to (Frank) prove it when it matters.
I doubt they will be anyone's trendy pick for the Cup next year. A division title and a single playoff series win is a poor resume for a franchise that has been getting picked as a Cup darkhorse or favorite since 2011. But don't suggest firing the GM just because we are further away than we were 2 years ago (or for that matter 2 months ago) because that will be labeled the dumbest thing posted on this board.
I can't like this response enough.
The Blues were a victim of the salary cap era because we were traditionally a team that acquired talent through big level purchases from clubs that couldn't afford it. The rebuild has been slow, painful but methodical.
Guys... we have a good team. We have a DAMN good team. We're not a dark horse anymore. The Hockey News weren't smoking meth when they picked the Blues to win the cup this season. We took the Blackhawks to task in this series. I'm as bummed and frustrated and, quite frankly, PISSED as the next Blues fan but I truly believe this is one of the best teams that has ever taken to the ice in the bluenote.
This was a phenomenally brutal matchup in the first round (which, albeit, was the Blues' fault) with two heavyweights. Fans from all over the NHL, and even from the Hawks have complemented the hell out of this team and that series was as dead even and powerful as you can ask for. More than one outside fan has told me they thought it was a shame we had to face each other in the first round because these two teams should be battling in the conference finals.
Our powerplay needs some help, we needed guys to bury their chances and our goalie to steal a game or two and we're in the second round. Yes, Kodos, I get that that is entirely your point: at some point the excuses need to stop. But this team needs tweaks and tugs, not an overhaul and I feel that would be a potentially disastrous move this offseason if that's what happens.