Friday, March 24, 2006

A Blue Day in St Loo

Kiss it goodbye. The streak is done. After 25 years, the longest active playoff appearance streak for a major North American sports team ended on Thursday night, when the St Louis hacked up a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. The loss officially eliminated the Blues from post season consideration after an incredible quarter century run.

Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing for Dave Checketts, the head of Sports Capital Partners, who announced ironically, that he was buying the Blues from Bill and Nancy Laurie. He’s getting a doormat franchise for the bargain basement price of $140 million (compare that to Manny Ramirez’s last contract).

He also acquires a team absent of any star power. After a fire sale that started at the end of last season, the Blues have shed the likes of Chris Pronger and Doug Weight. Only Keith “Refrigerator” Tkachuk remains.

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