Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blues are Ready

It seems as though the youth movement is becoming quite popular among most NHL teams heading into the season and the St. Louis Blues are no exception. They will be heading into 2007/08 with three rookies on board. Erik Johnson (Clayton), David Perron and Steve Wagner have all made the roster to start the season, which should be a bit more promising for the Central Division team than last season.

The addition of Paul Kariya (Dennis) and the re-acquisition of Keith Tkachuk (Aaron) should give the team some more leadership and more offense. There are a number of guys on the team who are also sitting on possible breakout seasons, which make the St. Louis Blues a very interesting team to watch come the start of the season.

Paul KariyaDoug WeightKeith Tkachuk
Martin RucinskyBrad BoyesLee Stempniak
Dan HinoteJay McClementJamal Mayers
David PerronDavid BackesD.J. King
Ryan Johnson
Eric BrewerBarret Jackman
Christian BackmanBryce Salvador
Matt WalkerErik Johnson
Steve WagnerJay McKee
Manny Legace
Hannu Toivonen

With Jay McKee sitting out for another long-term spell, the relief of $4 million on the projected salary number could be helpful, despite the need for another veteran defenseman in the line-up. The projected number without McKee in the line-up is $39.2 million, but McKee's games do count until he misses his 10th consecutive game.

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