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Blues set playoffs expectation, 'growing now is over'

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08:35 AM ET 08.26 | The Blues, after going through a rebuilding of sorts, are offering a welcome message to their fans. They hope to be back in the playoff business after being on the outside looking in for five of the last six seasons. "We're going in with the mindset that we're going to make the playoffs," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday. "You should ask the guy behind you what happens if we don't." That would be Blues President John Davidson, who also attended what amounted to a preseason media summit meeting along with coach Davis Payne. "When we set into this summer, we realized that this is a very important year for this organization," said Armstrong. ... "We've gone through a growth process and I think the growing now is over."

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August 26, 2011  09:40 AM ET

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August 26, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Unusually well-written.

August 26, 2011  09:45 AM ET

Wow - the interns are really drilling down to what really matters regarding the Blues.

August 26, 2011  09:49 AM ET

They thought it was a good idea to start, then realized how futile the actual reporting is.

August 26, 2011  10:26 AM ET

"We're going in with the mindset that we're going to make the playoffs,"

Whereas before, we were just taking your money knowing we would lose. :)

August 26, 2011  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

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Exactly. My response was going to be "Huh?"

August 26, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Let's Go Blues. Last year was a false start with all the injuries. If things fall into place and Halak is consistent, I can definitely see them competing for a playoff spot.

August 26, 2011  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

"Whereas before, we were just taking your money knowing we would lose. :)

Bingo.

Same could be said by a great number of bottom-feeders who are forever in rebuilding mode.

August 26, 2011  11:24 AM ET

"You should ask the guy behind you what happens if we don't."

Seriously. Somebody should ask. And then perhaps write it in the article. Just sayin.

August 26, 2011  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Bingo.Same could be said by a great number of bottom-feeders who are forever in rebuilding mode.

Be careful you...The Taliburke are watching and listening...they're everywhere, e v e r y w h e r e !
Mmuuuhahahahahaha

August 26, 2011  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

"We're going in with the mindset that we're going to make the playoffs,"Whereas before, we were just taking your money knowing we would lose. :)

Someone else stole the Maple Leaf philosophy?

August 26, 2011  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Exactly. My response was going to be "Huh?"

And I woke up this morning expecting a brand new day...instead I get, same old, same old.

August 26, 2011  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Someone else stole the Maple Leaf philosophy?

I wouldn't say it was exclusive to the Leafs - Seems to be the business-model for almost all of the Buttgolin's expansion franchises, as well.

Mind you, he may have licensed it from MLSE...

August 26, 2011  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Let's Go Blues. Last year was a false start with all the injuries. If things fall into place and Halak is consistent, I can definitely see them competing for a playoff spot.

In a vacuum I would agree with you, Blues look improved. It's a tough division though. Those young kids need to keep their feet on the ground, unlike last year.

August 26, 2011  01:20 PM ET

As long as Oshie doesn't try acting like a tough guy again this year and hurt himself trying to get into a scrum, the Blues have nowhere to go but up...

August 26, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

In a vacuum I would agree with you, Blues look improved. It's a tough division though. Those young kids need to keep their feet on the ground, unlike last year.

Like Winnipeg(Altanta) & Colorado they seem to have a good young nucleus. And like the 2 others they could finish anywhere from 7th to 12th in their conference

August 26, 2011  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Like Winnipeg(Altanta) & Colorado they seem to have a good young nucleus. And like the 2 others they could finish anywhere from 7th to 12th in their conference

Seeing as how we gave them Elliott, the Avs sandbagged the competition. We could end up higher than the Blues!

Good lord, did I just type that with a hopeful enthusiasm? C'mon Avs, yer killin' me!

August 26, 2011  02:50 PM ET

The injuries the Blues suffered through last season were a fluke. Not the most man games lost in the NHL, but three of their top six forwards and three of their top 6 Dmen went down for long periods of time. You can only have AHLers and guys with little NHL experience fill in for so long before the adrenaline and energy run out. They are deeper and better going into this season, and should DEFINITELY be a playoff team...Perron or not.

August 26, 2011  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

In a vacuum I would agree with you, Blues look improved. It's a tough division though. Those young kids need to keep their feet on the ground, unlike last year.

Tough conference too. And the only play the Leafs once.

 
August 26, 2011  03:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Seeing as how we gave them Elliott, the Avs sandbagged the competition. We could end up higher than the Blues! Good lord, did I just type that with a hopeful enthusiasm? C'mon Avs, yer killin' me!

Like the other 2 mentioned in the quote the Avs are loaded with good young talent there have been many teams that looked like they were on the brink of being perrenial contenders but ended up being perrenial underachievers. That's what's tough about seeding those teams

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