St. Louis Blues: Summer Additions Paying Dividends Early On
The St. Louis Blues went into the 2013 season as favorites to capture the Stanley Cup out of the Western Conference, having put together a brilliant 2011-12 season. They maintained an almost identical roster, and hoped that the same formula that made them a division champion in ’11-’12 would carry over.
That didn’t happen. For a variety of reasons, the Blues weren’t able to replicate that success in the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, and it resulted in a first round elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They made some adjustments to the roster this season, including bringing in multiple players of note, not simple depth additions.
Those acquisitions included folks that were both available as free agents and out on the trade market. The Blues managed to sign Derek Roy a bit after the free agent signing period began, took a chance on acquiring Magnus Paajarvi, and signed Brenden Morrow late into the offseason.
While we have yet to see much of an impact being made on the side of Paajarvi, and his track record indicates that his impact may not always be measurable on the stat sheet, the Blues have already seen plenty from the veterans Roy and Morrow (who are playing together on the same line) through their first couple of games.
Roy has three points in two games so far for the Blues, including a goal and an assist in their 7-0 drubbing of the Florida Panthers over the weekend. Morrow added a pair of his own points in that tilt, with a goal and an assist as well.
That’s not necessarily an indicator that Morrow is going to have a career year, or Roy is on his way toward earning a lucrative long term deal next summer. Each are past their prime. But having a couple of offensively savvy players like that contributing regularly should bode well for the Blues moving forward, as they’re a team in need of whatever offensive consistency they can get.
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