First off, let me say Brad, this is for you.
It takes real guts to go against the flow. In fact, I'm absolutely astounded your article didn't get more of this type of response:
If for some reason you haven't read Mr. Lee's article, go here and do so.
The mere fact that SLGT readers aren't beginning impeachment proceedings against B.Lee or demanding his immediate resignation tells me in the back of their mind, a teeny tiny part of them knows what he's saying is true.
There was some speculation in the comments after Mr. Lee's article that suggest the Blues are not a big market team - never have been, never will be. I would not argue that. I don't think many people would. Chew on these questions then.
Did the current group of owners think that St. Louis was a big market?
If so, they are stupid.
Did the current group of owners think that St. Louis could become a big market?
If so, they are naive.
Is it possible that the current group of owners knew full well that St. Louis wasn't a big market, had little market growth potential, and, as a franchise, would have very little money to spend but figured they could throw together a cheap team that finished over .500 and hopefully made the playoffs?
It would appear that many Blues fans are content with simply making the playoffs. That fits perfectly into the master plan of the Checketts regime. They did their homework. They knew they couldn't come in here and bring in high priced free agents. They knew what they had to do to be profitable. They don't have to build a great team, certainly not a Stanley Cup contending team. They just have to make it look like they are. What better way to make it look like they are building a potential Stanley Cup team than to just have a bunch of rookies on a team with a scattering of 2nd and 3rd year players and an old vet for shits and giggles? Claim every year that we got better with the draft, build up the hype to the fans, who are more than willing to buy it, and everything works out great - if you're the owner of the Blues. I have a feeling the Blues will be "building from within" as long as Checketts and crew are in control.
The only question I have is whether or not Al MacInnis is part of the lie or if he was duped like the fans. For our sake, I hope he was duped.