So having been surfing the net all morning, I find myself a bit disgusted here. I've been reading how all these teams that should have made the playoffs (i.e. Dallas, Colorado, etc.) didn't. That's not the part that upsets me. The thing that really is getting me riled here, is how all of them are using injuries as an exuse. Seeing what we've just pulled off here in St. Louis, I think this is BS.
How many of our top line guys were out for parts if not all the season. I don't remember the exact number here, but I think they said we lost 486 man games to injury. Now, maybe we just hit the untested player lottery here, but I think its more the attitude a team has.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that losing players isn't a big deal. We can all attest that it is. I think more to the point however, teams like the above mentioned should be looking at their bench. The attitude is critical. I can recall maybe 2 games this year when the Blues seemed to just give up. Furthermore, if injuries to one or two key guys derail your playoff hopes, it seems that the front office has failed to build a team that would have gotten far in the playoffs anyway.
I will be the first to admit I am biased, but we lost a LOT of our key guys and ended up in 6th. I think that has volumes more to say than I ever could.