We continue down the path of the Top 25 Most Influential Players in Blues History. This is not a list of the best players in team history but a combination of the best, most influential, and the most important to the team.
Backstopping the top five: #5 Mike Liut
The Blues have had a great history with goaltenders but one man that seems to get forgotten lately is argueably the best the team has ever had.
Mike Liut was drafted by the Blues in 1976 but Liut chose to play in the WHA right out of college. After the WHA/NHL merger two years later, the Blues reclaimed Liut’s rights and he finally had the Blue Note on his jersey.
In his first two seasons in St. Louis, Liut won 71 games and lost only 37. In the 1980-81 season, Liut went 33-14-13 and placed second in the Hart Trophy race behind Wayne Gretzky. Liut was awarded the Lester B Pearson Trophy as the MVP as voted on by the players that same season.
Liut played six seasons in St. Louis and still ranks first in games played, 147; wins, 151; and minutes played, 20,010. Liut was a work horse for the Blues and yet never seemed to get the credit he deserved.
Liut was never able to win a Stanley Cup but continued to find success in Hartford after he was traded to the Whalers in a slary dump.
As it seems like with almost every team in Blues history, the year after Liut left was a season that they would probably have won the Cup if they had Liut in goal.
Liut will probabaly always be the forgotten goaltender in Blues history but he should go down as one of the best this team has ever had.