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Is this the year?

With everyone back and healthy, the Blues could crack the Big Three in the West.

Originally Published: September 24, 2001
By Mike Heika | Special to ESPN.com

Forget the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks, the St. Louis Blues might be the greatest cause of head scratching in the NHL.

Loaded with talent and carrying a large payroll, the Blues appeared on their way to breaking up the Big Three in the West when they won the Presidents' Trophy in 2000 and made it to the Western Conference finals in 2001.

But that flower never blossomed and the Blues have seemed to wilt into hockey mediocrity ever since. They lost in five games to the Avalanche ...

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