No Crying the Blues in St. Louis/Columbus
April 23, 2009 by Big Tony
After four short games the St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets have both been eliminated from post-season play. Both teams had extraordinaire seasons and were two of the best storylines at the start of the playoffs on April 15th. It was the first appearance ever for Columbus and first in a long time for St. Louis so despite being eliminated in very short order there is a lot both teams can learn from the experience. First off, both teams have fantastic young goaltenders who—barring extreme circumstances—will only get stronger in time as they get more experience and build confidence. Secondly, the base of both teams are relatively young and will most likely be able to grow together as a team which can only help in their respective quests to be even more successful in the future. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, they have incredible fans who have been energized by the results of this season and are behind both teams 100%. No matter the talent level of any team in professional sports if they don’t have the support of the community they’re in there is no way they can move forward. So although both teams are gone for now, with the support of the community and the structure of the new, salary capped NHL St. Louis and Columbus will be back stronger than ever. As the playoffs go on without them I salute the two teams for such incredible runs and look forward to seeing them next year.