The St. Louis Blues have had a pretty busy offseason as they prepare for a very important season in 2014-15. The fans have begun to get fed up with constant talk about the Blues being the best team in the NHL, only to be followed by early playoff exits on a yearly basis. Clearly, the formula of upgrading in goal with Ryan Miller and relying on defensive prowess to advance didn’t work in 2013-14, so the Blues will reboot a bit in this season and place an emphasis on exceptional puck movement, strong play at center ice, and getting as many good shots on goal as possible.
After over two weeks of free agent signings, the Blues seem to be wrapping up their offseason movement, with the only real logical move left being to re-sign minor-league forward Sergey Andronov, who is a restricted free agent. There have been certainly been some upgrades over the past month or so, and though the Blues are losing several recognizable names with the departures of guys like Miller, Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow, and Roman Polak, management genuinely believes that this is the best group of talent they’ve assembled since general manager Doug Armstrong joined the front office in 2008.
Here are the rankings of all the Blues’ moves from this offseason to date, arranged from which one figures to be least impactful up to the most significant one.