Jennifer Metzler is the Editor for Bleedin’ Blue, a St. Louis Blues FanSided Sports Network blog. The Blues finished 11th in the Western Division in the 2010-11 season. On December 11th, the Canes defeated St. Louis 2-1 in a thrilling overtime shootout. Brandon Sutter had the only regulation goal while Jussi Jokinen scored the game winner.
Jennifer is a passionate Blues fan and her blog is packed with insight on her team. Be sure to enjoy her website at www.bleedinblue.com and on Twitter @itsjuststarla.
Here is your Sunday glimpse into a fellow NHL team, the St. Louis Blues…
Sum up your 2010-11 season in one word: Ouch.
What was your favorite moment from this past season?
WAY too many to count but it’s probably the Feb. 19th game against the Ducks wherein the Blues won 9-3 and it was Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk’s first game as Blues and Stewart even scored two of those goals.
What player(s) on your team should be feared next season and why? Chris Stewart because he’s an absolute beast. He’s got a great attitude and he’s a hungry, passionate player with a knack for scoring on your goalie like it’s second nature.
Going into 2011-12, what do you feel will be your team’s strengths / weaknesses? Strengths: Great team-work and the developing skills of young players in their peak, including the likes of Berglund, Stewart, Shattenkirk, Pietrangelo. Weaknesses: As much as it pains me to say it, I have a lot of anxiety regarding the goaltending. Way too much pressure was put on Jaroslav Halak to be the second coming of God in goalie pads, and he’s a GREAT goalie, but I think this is where the Blues lack the most and I hope my fears are quelled.
What player/staffing changes have happened/forecasted for the upcoming year? The Blues have extended contracts to all of their auxiliary coaching with the exception of head coach Davis Payne, it makes me a little nervous we haven’t heard anything about him being asked to come back yet, but I hope he does. I have a lot of faith in his coaching skills and leadership abilities and hope he comes back. Myself, along with a few/many others, aren’t necessarily thrilled at the decision to bring goalie coach Corey Hirsch back – I feel that he’s been a key factor in why our goaltending lacks the strength they need to be helped/coached with. As far as player changes? There has been a lot of news this week with Berglund and Polak being offered extensions, and Sobotka potentially getting an extension, too, but we still have a few RFA’s that we’ve yet to sign that we desperately need back (Oshie, D’Agostini, Reaves and Nikitin). Our UFA list is short but not really as imperative at the moment.