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2009-2010 record: 40-32-10 (90 points; ninth in Western Conference)
Last playoff appearance: 2008-2009, a loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
St. Louis made a splash early in the 2010 offseason when they picked up Jaroslav Halak in a trade with Montreal.
Halak had a career year in 2009-2010, finishing the regular season with a 26-13-5 record with a .924 save percentage, which was ranked fourth in the NHL, and a 2.40 GAA, which was ranked ninth. He was also ranked seventh in the NHL with five shutouts.
However, Halak really turned it up in the postseason. He had a 9-9 record and was first in save percentage with a .923 and third in GAA with a 2.55. His nine wins were ranked second among postseason goaltenders.
The Blues also signed Dave Scatchard from the Nashville Predators. In 2009-2010, he had five points in 16 games with the Preds and 30 points in 36 games with the Milwaukee admirals of the AHL. He has played over 600 NHL games with five different teams.
Erik Johnson was re-signed after a successful second season in St. Louis. He had 39 points in 79 games, an improvement over his 33 points in 2007-2008. It was a nice comeback for Johnson, who missed the entire 2008-2009 season recovering from knee surgery.
The Blues brought back five more key pieces to begin the road to a 2011 postseason appearance:
David Perron had 47 points and a minus-10 rating in 82 games. He posted his second 40-point season in three seasons with the Blues.
Cam Janssen had no points in 43 games, but his 190 penalty minutes were ranked fifth in the NHL.
Brad Winchester has played 128 games with St. Louis the last two years. He has 29 points and a plus-two in those games and had eight points in 2009-2010 with 108 penalty minutes.
Alex Steen just finished his second season with St. Louis. He had 47 points in 68 games and spent three seasons with Toronto before joining the Blues in 2008-2009.
Carlo Colaiacovo had 32 points in 67 games and improved over his 29 points in the 2008-2009 season.
St. Louis brought on Vladimir Sobotka, who spent the last three seasons with Boston. He had 10 points in 61 games in 2009-2010 and finished his Bruins career with 22 points in 134 games.
Aside from losing Mike Weaver and Chris Mason, the Blues also lost Paul Kariya to free agency. Kariya spent three seasons with St. Louis and had 87 points in 168 games. It was recently announced that he will not play in 2010-2011 to recover from a concussion.
The Blues' offense will be led by T.J. Oshie, who has been in St. Louis for two seasons. He had 48 points in 78 games and improved on his 2008-2009 total of 39 points.
Andy McDonald will be another key part of the offense. He had 57 points in 79 games this year and also improved from his previous year's total of 44 points. He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and was teammates with Kariya during the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Ducks finished as runners-up to the Devils.
The biggest part of the Blues' defense is Barrett Jackman, who has been on the team for seven seasons. He had 17 points and a plus-three last year, a slight drop from his total of 21 points in 2008-2009.
Halak will be joined in goal by Ty Conklin, who played his first season with St. Louis in 2009-2010. He had a record of 10-10-2 with a .921 save percentage and 2.48 GAA.
2011 playoff odds: Mixed
The Blues definitely have the talent to get back to the playoffs. However, they will have to see if Halak can repeat his success from last season. They also lost a big veteran presence with the departure of Kariya, and the new free agent signings are just average.