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Bouwmeester: Blues ‘comparable’ to last year’s Kings

Apr 2, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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For all the positives Jay Bouwmeester brings, there’s one negative he’s always associated with:

Never making the playoffs.

Now, the 29-year0ld rearguard is hoping to help his new team — the St. Louis Blues — into the postseason. The Blues currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, which is good enough for JayBo.

He just wants to get in.

“I really think they have the team of anyone that can put a string together, get in the playoffs and with that experience from last year, do that much better,” Bouwmeester told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Nowadays you’ve just got to get in. I viewed St. Louis as comparable to LA.”

Bouwmeester, of course, is referencing the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, who slogged through an uneven regular season and got in as the No. 8 seed in the West.

Only one other playoff team (Florida) had fewer wins, but that didn’t stop the Kings from getting white-hot in the postseason, racking up a 16-4 record en route to the first Cup in franchise history.

The Blues, meanwhile, finished second in the West with 49 wins, but were swept by LA in the second round.

While the team is hoping for a longer run this time, Bouwmeester would probably be thrilled to get that far.

This season, Bouwmeester played his 735th regular season game without a playoff appearance, breaking the career mark set by ex-NHLer Guy Charron — 734 games, from 1969-81 — without getting to the postseason.

While that dubious record likely hangs on him, Bouwmeester feels he’s joined something special in St. Louis.

“They’re a tough team to play against,” he said. “They’re a big team that can skate, just a team that is solid all the way through lineup.”

  1. jernster21 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Ummm those two teams aren’t comparable at all. The Kings rode Jonathan Quick’s coat tail into an 8 seed and their offense was inept. Quick got better through the playoffs and the Kings came together quickly in front of him with the offensive addition of Carter. The Blues in the playoffs simply choked – they didn’t get the goaltending they got from Halak/Elliott throughout the regular season and it’s the same story this season – neither seem to be able to stay healthy and judging by the record, the team is average and inconsistent at best – Bouwmeester alone isn’t going to turn that around.

    • jpl0219 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I disagree. I don’t think the Blues lose that series if King doesn’t run Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo was on the ice injured for 7 of the 8 king goals against in game 3 and 4, and the game was tied 1-1 when Pietrangelo was injured. Injury changed series.

  2. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Agreed, last year’s Kings weren’t your everyday 8 seed. They were viewed as a preseason Cup contender and underachieved in the regular season (hence the coaching change). They came together near the end and achieved their full potential. This year’s Blues look more like a typical 8 seed.

  3. cordellanderson - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    As an Oilers fan, this trade could
    Not have gone better. First of all, our division nemesis, of whom we have to play twice before seasons end, have been rendered useless due to two big names getting shipped out. Secondly, the St. Louis trade all but cripples the Blues’ shot at the post season because of the curse that Bouwmeester brings to them. With the Blues now out of contention, my Oilers will have to do nothing more than reach out and grab that eighth playoff spot.

  4. robwallace44 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    You must be superstitious as an Oilers fan. Curse? Really? Blues were also viewed as a preseason contender this year, the big difference between them and LA is the King’s payroll. They aren’t pinching pennies over there like the Blues have been doing.

    Blues played very well last night against a good Minnesota team on the road, even with Halak the Flake injuring his groin…..again. They will get in….The Oilers will not. Though I don’t know how much damage they will do in the West. Chicago, LA, and Anaheim looking very tough.

  5. kingsforever - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comparable – as in this team stinks, that team was better

  6. aldog83 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    “CHAMPIONSHP”

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