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Offense: Despite a reputation for name players, the Blues couldn't score last season (21st overall) and lost a lot in the departure of Demitra and especially Pronger, who often fed the attack. Problematical is Keith Tkachuk (33 goals last season), the veteran forward showed up fat for training camp and was suspended.
Defense: Pronger is gone, but the Blues did get Eric Brewer in return, and he's very steady. Even with MacInnis gone, the unit is stable and smart, and fairly deep and experienced.
Goaltending: The Blues picked up former Ottawa Senator Patrick Lalime before the lockout and he becomes the latest in an ever-rotating group at the position. He's good, and got a bit of a bad rap as a scapegoat in Ottawa, but might not be good enough to carry this team.p>
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|Comings & Goings|
G Patrick Lalime; RW Aaron Downey; C Trent Whitfield; D Eric Brewer; D Doug Lynch; D Jeff Woywitka; LW Dean McAmmond; RW Scott Young.
D Chris Pronger; G Chris Osgood; C Pavol Demitra; C Steve Martins; D Alexander Khavanov; C John Pohl.
|When we last saw them|
A thinner Tkachuk led the Blues in 2003-04 with 33 goals and 38 assists in 75 games.
Osgood had a 31-25-8 record in the 2003-04 season with a 2.24 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Osgood is now in Detroit.
“Until he passes a physical, he's suspended.”
— Blues GM Larry Pleau on Tkachuk's status after the LW failed a physical.