from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Major change was always coming for the Blues.
They were always going to retool their roster and break up the remaining Stanley Cup nucleus. They were going to transition to a younger team with new faces and fresh leadership.
Time marches on in the NHL. The game has gotten faster and the competitive balance has become greater.
General manager Doug Armstrong wanted at least one more run with proud veterans still in place, but, as he noted last week, the players will tell him when the run is over.
Eight consecutive regulation losses after Tuesday night’s defeat in Philadelphia spoke volumes.
While this group has not reached the end of the line just yet, it can see the last stop from its current location. Only a dramatic turn and a sustained surge would keep this group in the race.