St. Louis Blues owner expects busy offseason

JEREMY RUTHERFORD

Standing before the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s monthly meeting Friday morning, Blues owner Dave Checketts spoke the language of the area’s top business leaders. He discussed goals.

“We wanted to be a playoff team by Year 3, and in Year 4, we wanted to be a playoff team that advanced in the playoffs,” Checketts told the group.

The club fulfilled its first goal by playing in the NHL postseason last year — Checketts third season as owner — and was eliminated in the first round. This season, the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs completely, and that puts the goal for Year 4 in jeopardy. The Blues could be just days away from being mathematically eliminated from the postseason and weeks away from witnessing some reshaping of the roster.

Stressing that the Blues are “not throwing in the towel yet” with eight games to play, Checketts lamented the bizarre cir*****stances of the team’s record. He insisted the Blues would continue to rely on their young nucleus of players, but he predicted an ambitious offseason. He also voiced support for the performance of Blues President John Davidson, and the return of interim head coach Davis Payne.

“When I spoke in November and I said, ‘I think we’re ready to win,’ I meant what I said,” Checketts said. “I think our road record (22-12-4) proves that.”

Any more rehashing of the Blues’ home record (13-18-5) seems futile now; Checketts’ main objective is moving forward.


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