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Clues for the Blues

Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Predictions are a fool’s game, but one that I feel pretty safe with is that Jaroslav Halak’s welcome in St. Louis on Thursday will be far more subdued than his farewell to Montreal last weekend.

That’s not to take away from the intent behind the Blues organization inviting the public to the new goaltender’s official welcome. It’s a nice touch and I suspect there will be a number of die hard Blues hockey fans at the Scottrade Center Atrium when it happens.

Halak’s arrival of course, should excite them. He is young and talented, and he was a big-time playoff star just a couple of months ago playing under the white-hot glare of Montreal.

Problem is Halak wasn’t the chosen one by the Canadiens organization. That distinction belongs to Carey Price, who is three years younger and has been seen as the franchise goalie since Montreal drafted him fifth overall in 2005.  But Halak took away the starting job from Price at mid-season and led heartstopping upset playoff wins over powerhouses Washington and Pittsburgh to become the fans' chosen one.

Not that it mattered because the Canadiens still traded Halak to St. Louis in June for a couple of prospects. The deal shocked a lot of people and was widely disparaged, but it landed the netminder a nice new $15 million contract and elevated Halak’s status in the place he was leaving behind. That was pretty evident when Halak was in Montreal to sign autographs for a charity, and fans started arriving at the suburban mall six hours before he was scheduled to appear. By the time it was over, Halak had signed autographs, taken pictures and greeted some 5,000 people.

Now there will be some nights when that’s as many fans as he will play before in St. Louis.

 

Category: NHL
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Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 1:31 am
 

Clues for the Blues

The Blues had the 4th highest US attendance of all NHL teams last season.1)  Blackhawks2)  Red Wings3)  Flyers4)  Blues

Why in the hell would he all of a sudden play in front of sparse crowds?
Lame attempt at humor I guess?  Or a shot at the Blues in that they won't be very good and therefore have sparse crowds?
Uh...ok.
St. Louis draws poorly for one season a few years ago (because former management really pissed off the fan base) and now all of a sudden decades of strong support and attendance from their fans (including the last couple years) is forgotten?
Whatever dude.Save one of those clues for yourself...you need one.



Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Clues for the Blues

Look who wrote it. Goldstein knows Nothing about Hockey, but keeps acting like he does. Only cares about the east coast anyway




Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Clues for the Blues

HAHA 5000 people, that's funny.



Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Clues for the Blues

Nice attempt at sarcasm with the attendance figures in St Louis Wes. Next time perhaps you should check, I don't know, some attendance figures next time you try a dismissive slap? Yes, St. Louis isn't the same as Montreal for hockey, but not many places are, but that doesn't mean you needed to attempt such a lame little quip.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:49 am
 

Clues for the Blues

Goldstein is a hack and knows little to nothing about hockey, so this doesn't surprise me one bit. I now read his articles just to see what bonehead comment he will make next.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 7:30 pm
 

Clues for the Blues

By the time it was over, Halak had signed autographs, taken pictures and greeted some 5,000 people.

Now there will be some nights when that’s as many fans as he will play before in St. Louis.


That's funny.  Seems like the Blues had the 7th highest average home attendance in the NHL last year at 18,883. 

http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance

Not sure why you would take a stab at Blues fans like that, Goldstein.

Do your homework next time, jackass.


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