- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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Summer Skate -- St. Louis Blues
Thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks' winning the Stanley Cup, the Blues now enjoy the longest active Cup slump. (They're tied with the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.) Coming off their first postseason appearance since the lockout, they just barely missed the party in 2009-10 despite a late rally with coach Davis Payne. They have a good penalty kill and a wealth of young talent, so that very well may have been the last time they miss the show for a long time.
The Blues made the playoffs two years ago but narrowly missed the dance last season. Don't expect that to happen often in the future -- this is a young, loaded team. E.J. Hradek and Puck Prospectus discuss its 2010-11 outlook.