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Hitch says Stastny ‘really fits’ the Blues

Jul 15, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

Paul Stastny AP

For the St. Louis Blues, signing Paul Stastny was all “about understanding the landscape of the West,” according to head coach Ken Hitchcock.

“The landscape of the West is there are at least eight or 10 teams that are extremely deep and it’s about having enough firepower in your lineup to control the puck,” Hitchcock told in a wide-ranging interviewing. “You score more when you control the puck more, so Paul’s patience and the way he plays the game, how responsible he is in both ends of the rink, he really fits our team. He fits the way we already play.”

The so-called “advanced” statistics back up Hitchcock’s claim. Stastny was one of the few positive possession players for Colorado last season, and his departure has many wondering how the Avs will fare without his strong two-way play.

The Blues, meanwhile, were already a good possession team; they just couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. As such, they’re hoping the addition of Stastny can put them over the top in an extremely tough Western Conference — one in which Anaheim has added Ryan Kesler to play behind Ryan Getzlaf, Dallas has added Jason Spezza to go with Tyler Seguin, and Chicago has added Brad Richards to slot in behind Jonathan Toews.

All four of those moves to bring in centers came after the Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three years with a top-six forward group that featured Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter playing the middle, and playing it very well.

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  1. blomfeld - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM


    • avfanforlife - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM


    • wutangwild - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Which leads me to my next point…don’t smoke crack!

    • billiam55 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      what dos this have to do with anything though lol. that was a great movie though everyone should go see it.

      • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Billiam …

        As you’re obviously new to PHT here, I’ll explain it to you like this. Albeit talented, the Saint Louis Blues continue to display a penchant for playing ‘smash & grab’ hockey with little or no regard for the game’s ‘finer’ aspects such as smooth skating, precision passing or even scoring. Rather, they prefer to just grab ‘everyone and everything’ in sight, with the result making for a tiring, dull and physically ‘taxing’ game for both themselves and their opponents. And thus the phrase ‘Planet of the Apes’ hockey was aptly coined for them some time back here at PHT. I don’t readily recall exactly which commenter came up with that moniker ? … in fact it may have even been one of the PHT writers ? Nevertheless, the bottom line is that the Saint Louis Blues are a very ‘strange’ team which just wants to ‘grab’ everyone, while showing scant regard for actually winning games or even going forward as a franchise.

  2. avfanforlife - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    AV fans will miss Stastny, but with Iginla and a signed ROR, I’m pretty confident we’ll make the playoffs again… October can’t get here quick enough!

    • withseidelinn - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      You sure?

      • avfanforlife - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Yes. Quite sure.

    • billiam55 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      sry but Iggy is a bad luck charm. no cup this year.

    • polegojim - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Not really. After his first year with the Blues, he’ll be Paul again.

      At first, he looked gritty and tough. Not so much now, he tends to cruise and ease up at will.

      That’s why Roy was willing to let him go.

  3. bhinrichs9 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    No he said you sure bro? Like really sure?

  4. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    an article that doesn’t mention Sobotka makes me happy, because him leaving last week makes me sad.

  5. mrhyperpants - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Whippty f$&@ken doooo! Don’t meant they will win the cup does it. The wheels will fall off the wagon once again.

  6. 22bju - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    There is more to the blues than you describe, but being that you are not a fan, I don’t blame you for your shortcomings. Also, while some of your points are indeed pretty accurate, they are not apes but a physical puck moving team, that lacks the ability to score timely goals. Finally, get ready because the blues are getting closer to winning the cup. The kings have had their number lately, and the blues have been soft down the middle, but that’s changing. Besides you know you want no part of them in the playoffs because win or lose they are going to take a lot out of your tank

    • blomfeld - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      “Besides, you know you want no part of them in the playoffs” …

      friend, no ‘truer’ statement has been said anywhere since the good Lord said ‘let there be light’ way back in the beginning ! … contact with you people in the playoffs can be ‘deadly’ as evidenced by what happened to us Kings two years ago and the Black Hawks last year … there’s something ‘weird’ about you people one is best served by avoiding you people altogether !


  7. 22bju - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I’m sorry, was only trying to educate, not agitate

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