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Postby illownyou » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:21 pm

Great comments from Backes in this snippet...

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Although his team was jockeying for its own respect at the time, Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock was unabashed when describing what impressed him most about the Blues last season.

"They're relentless," Hitchcock said. "They just keep coming after you, coming after you. They just keep playing and playing, and if you don't have the stomach for the fight, they just break you right down."

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Eight months later, it's doubtful that Hitchcock or any other coach would have that same evaluation of the Blues. They are 5-6-1 overall and 1-5 at home, have been shut out in each of their past two games and have dropped to 25th in the standings.

To comprehend the situation, understand that those numbers can turn around quickly. But at the root of the Blues' concern now is that those numbers reflect a bigger issue: A team that built its reputation on hard work and desperation has misplaced its identity.

"Obviously, we're missing part of our game we had last year ... that same consistent effort for 60 minutes every night," Blues forward B.J. Crombeen said. "I think it's something that you have to establish every year ... your team identity. Everyone is looking for it, and there's not one answer why we don't have it. But we've just got to put our heads down and go out and find it."

The Blues had the day off Monday but will have two days of practice before hosting the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Scottrade Center. They will go through several puck-moving drills and body-banging sessions in the next 48 hours, but what seems to be absent in the Blues' recent play might not be found on the ice.

"It's a mind-set," Blues forward David Backes said. "You set your mind to it before the game starts. It's not the puck bouncing over our sticks every single time. It's definitely not that. It's something we can control.

"We have most of the key pieces to the puzzle that we had last year, plus we have a few high-quality guys (back from injury). To not be as successful as we were in the second half, it's obviously not personnel. It's something within our locker room that we need to change, as far as our mentality.

"It comes down to guys in this room getting the job done. We obviously need to put more desperation into every single shift."

In the preseason, there were questions about whether the Blues could mesh their physical style of play with the skill level that was returning to the lineup in the form of Paul Kariya and Erik Johnson. Though it's not being suggested that the Blues are worse off with Kariya, who is the team's co-leader in goals with four, and Johnson, who leads in assists with seven, it's fair to say the on-ice chemistry has not blended as well as expected.

"I don't know if it's been used a lot in our room, but I think we've got to get back to what we were doing without them," Blues center Jay McClement said. "I don't think we can expect to be better just because we've added those types of players. We still have to do all the things we had to do to be successful last year."

The Blues would like to believe that they're on the verge of playing well and that two recent shutout losses are the result of trying too hard. The team had 32 shots in Thursday's 2-0 loss to Phoenix and a season-high 34 in a 4-0 loss to Florida.

"That's 66 bids at goals and we get zero out of it," Backes said. "There's a lot of guys in here maybe trying to do too much, trying to complicate the game too much, myself included."

"I think more than anything," McClement said, "it's individual games ... every guy, their individual game has got to be better. That's going to make our team game better."

Difficult practices are promised today and Wednesday before the Flames come to town.

"If we're going to spend (the next few) days beating the (tar) out of each other in practice, and we need to get rowdy and at each other's throats, by all means, I'm willing to do it," Backes said. "If we're going to shoot 1,000 pucks each at our goalies until they're black and blue — I don't want that for our goaltending because that's been the best part of our game — but if that's what it takes, I'm willing to do that.

"Coaches are trying as hard as they can, and we're working to get our game going. We're working together here."
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby goon attack » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:20 pm

that's the kind of shit a captain does say. if he backs it up by beating the crap out of the opposition, put the C on his sweater
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby fargoblues » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:41 am

But what about teh brewer, eric?
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby hugedeal » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:29 am

An invisible captain?

The guy needs to start leading by example before he even gets to wear an 'A' again.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby WaukeeBlues » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:19 pm

goon attack wrote:that's the kind of shit a captain does say. if he backs it up by beating the crap out of the opposition, put the C on his sweater


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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby kodos » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:29 pm

The next player to score a goal gets to be the captain.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby section319 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:03 pm

kodos wrote:The next player to score a goal gets to be the captain.

This sounds like a great idea.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby JWatt (formerly PMS) » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:04 pm

section319 wrote:
kodos wrote:The next player to score a goal gets to be the captain.

This sounds like a great idea.


We can't go without a captain indefinitely, can we?
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby SIU LAW » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:06 pm

I think the new Captain should obtain his status Highlander style. There can be only one.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby xbleed83bluex » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:33 am

Eric Johnson's going to eventually be our long-term captain. First overall picks usually are. That is, down the road a few years when he gets good Chris-Pronger-style.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby SteveO » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:09 am

Hell I thought McClement's comments were more captain-like than any in that report.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby not_a_wings_fan » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:28 pm

Prngr44 wrote:Hell I thought McClement's comments were more captain-like than any in that report.

More importantly, I think McClement's play has been more captain like than anyone else on the team. The guy is all around the net, all over opponents, and skating hard on every shift.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby section319 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:10 pm

Anybody else see Backes on NHL Live today? Apparently he was on the Today Show this morning too, talking about Team USA.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby philco_3 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:29 pm

On a somewhat related subject I noticed on NHL 10 that the Blues traded Brewer to the Rangers, and named Backes captain. At least EA Sports knows who should be captain.
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby dmiles2186 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:37 pm

not_a_wings_fan wrote:
Prngr44 wrote:Hell I thought McClement's comments were more captain-like than any in that report.

More importantly, I think McClement's play has been more captain like than anyone else on the team. The guy is all around the net, all over opponents, and skating hard on every shift.


+++

He's gotta be the most underrated player on the team. In fact, he's been once of the top 2 or 3 consistent players all year if you ask me. Is it much of a stretch to say he's one of the better stopper line centers in the league? Or am I overvaluing my own team's players?
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby Winning Unlimited » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:16 pm

kodos wrote:The next player to score a goal gets to be the captain.


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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby stlbluz » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:32 am

dmiles2186 wrote:
not_a_wings_fan wrote:
Prngr44 wrote:Hell I thought McClement's comments were more captain-like than any in that report.

More importantly, I think McClement's play has been more captain like than anyone else on the team. The guy is all around the net, all over opponents, and skating hard on every shift.


+++

He's gotta be the most underrated player on the team. In fact, he's been once of the top 2 or 3 consistent players all year if you ask me. Is it much of a stretch to say he's one of the better stopper line centers in the league? Or am I overvaluing my own team's players?


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Tkachuk for Captain...

Postby STLADOGG » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:52 pm

Tkachuk is more like it.....
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Re: Backes For Captain...

Postby Kreegz2 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:17 pm

I've been saying this for the past year+.

Also, he did get a fighting major last night. That should appease goon.
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Re: Tkachuk for Captain...

Postby DaDitka » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:18 pm

STLADOGG wrote:Tkachuk is more like it.....



More like what?
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