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Shattenkirk says chemistry will carry Blues next season

Aug 12, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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After talking about the Blues all day today, we know plenty about how disappointing things have been in St. Louis after three straight seasons with disappointing finishes.

Fortunately for Blues fans, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is looking on the bright side of life. Rather than dwelling on not reaching the ultimate goal and bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup, he’s using those defeats as motivation as he told Chris Lomon at the NHLPA website.

“The one great thing about this group is that through the disappointments, team chemistry is through the roof,” noted Shattenkirk. “It’s a very close locker room and everyone sticks together. That’s something I learned from the moment I came to St. Louis. I think the guys we’ve added will experience the same thing. We know we haven’t done what we’ve set out to accomplish. We also know that’s the one thing we’re focused on.”

With the addition of Paul Stastny to the roster the Blues are truly in “go for it” mode. One area they don’t have to worry about is defense.

Shattenkirk’s play on the blue line has been a big reason why the Blues have been so strong on the back end. Teamed up with Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, the Blues defense is a legitimate strength. Swapping the slow-footed but physical Roman Polak for sure-handed Carl Gunnarsson this summer was an under-the-radar move that could pay off handsomely as well.

It’s virtually the same team that they had last season. Chemistry shouldn’t be a problem with this club and neither should motivation.

  1. polegojim - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Keep hope alive… but reality close-by

  2. dcbear90 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Virtually the same team? I don’t think so

  3. stevequinn - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    They needed to pick up a “sniper” and I think Stasny fits that mold. My main concern with this team this season is goal tending. Hoping Elliott and Alllen can be productive although there’s a part of me that wishes they had kept Miller.

    • rmccleary97 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Stastny isn’t a sniper. Career high of 28 goals (his rookie year), 25 last year, assist-to-goals ratio of 1.86 for his career, … that doesn’t say “sniper” to me. Tarasenko, on the other hand, … 22 last year in 64 games, and he’s only getting better – and he knows how to fire a laser or deke everyone out of their uniforms. If he learns how to use open space on the ice, 40 won’t be a surprise. Also watch Schwartz; for all the talk about his puckhandling skills and vision, he potted 25 last year – and he only turned 22 in June. If he keeps developing, he’s got the potential to be a 30 goal guy for several years.

      Miller had to go. He was abysmal in the playoffs. If the Blues get even average goaltending, they have a real shot to win that series; instead, Miller killed them with backbreaking goal allowed after backbreaking goal allowed. I sure as hell wasn’t willing to give him 3/18 to do that again.

  4. rosloe62 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Hawks, Kings, Ducks, sorry Blues.

    • stlbluesfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      hawks, kings ducks, what???? No apologies needed. The Blues now have the offense they need to make the next step. Those three teams are going to have their hands full with the Blues this year. Is it October yet?

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