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Three keys to the offseason: St. Louis Blues

Blues captain David Backes is an impending free agent. Will the team re-sign him this summer? Scott Rovak/NHL/Getty Images

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The resilient St. Louis Blues met their match in the San Jose Sharks, and a promising postseason is finished. Along the way, the Blues learned a lot about themselves and this group. It’s capable of winning a Stanley Cup as currently constructed, with just a few tweaks. The core showed a mental toughness and deepened its well of experience that will pay off in future postseasons.

Nevertheless, the Blues fell short of their ultimate goal, which sets up a challenging offseason for GM Doug Armstrong. Here’s where he should focus: