St. Louis Blues Tickets for Sale
After only 13 games and a tolerable 6-7, the 2011-12 St. Louis Blues season saw coach Davis Payne tenure come to an end. Doug Armstrong, general manager, brought in a familiar face and friend who had coached for him in Dallas: Ken Hitchcock. This saw the Blues go a good 43-15-11, showing why Armstrong had a lot of hope in him. Hitchcock helped transform the Blues while squeezing top class performances from such players as Oshie, making the team a defensive juggernaut, a reason why many are looking forward to St. Louis Blues games, home and away. Ken Hitchcock is one of the finest and technically savvy hockey coaches today and led the Blues to the top in the Western Conference with 109 points.
The question on many people’s mind is whether Hitchcock will be able to better the Blues’ results having in mind there was not much turnover over the offseason. The Blues will be grappling with Andy McDonald’s early retirement as a result of a malignant concussion since he was one of the major powerplay components of the team and a forward who was only second to Alex Steen in terms of ice time per game.
Others who have left include Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol and Jamie Langenbrunner. To replace departed veterans, new faces from training camp will be making the Blues roster, such as TY Rattie and Dmitri Jaskin. The new season has also brought Maxim Lapierre, Alexandre Bulduc and Keith Aucoin into the Blues dressing room.
For a number of years now the Blues defense line has been pretty good as much as the best defenseman, Alex Petrangelo is still unsigned and a free agent as talk between him and the management continues. His situation has been complicated by new defensemen deals, such as Kevin Shattenkirk on a $17M four-year deal while Jay Bouwmeester will be defending on a five year $27M agreement starting in the 2014-15 campaign.
Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues will definitely not regress but they require a veteran winger and veteran defenseman to fully fight for the Cup. The window is still wide open for the Blues.