"The Pieces Of The Puzzle Are Finally Falling Into Place For The Blues"

Ken NewhouseContributor IJune 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 24:  Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Montreal Canadiens guards the net against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 24, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, the St. Louis Blues made a great move that bettered their franchise for the future.  Jaroslav Halak was one of the better goaltenders we saw this previous postseason that had a 9-9 record with the Canadiens and posted over a .920% for his save percentage.

The Blues could still be looking for a big name player when free agency hits on July 1st.  The fans in the city of St. Louis will be looking forward to a new season this fall, with their new head coach Davis Payne taking the reigns again.  After cleaning out the locker room, the Blues are poised and ready to go again with the youth movement and are hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since their first round exit back in the 2008-2009 season after being swept by the Vancouver Canucks.

The team as a whole last year could've easily been a playoff team, but the lapses in discipline in the 3rd period had them blow the game multiple times.  The Blues need to stay focused this year for all three periods of the game in order to maintain dominance throughout the season.

The Blues look sound on defense, after they ranked in the top five in penalty kill percentage last season, but need to strengthen their offense by doing better on the power play's when they have the opportunity's to score.  The goalie position as mentioned has been filled by the young phenom Jaroslav Halak.  

Look for the Blues to make a run this year, and in a few years the city of St. Louis could have a Stanley Cup on their hands and parading through the streets with the franchises first Stanley Cup in its history.