The powers that be in the National Hockey League finally got together, pulled their collective heads from their collective asses, and got a new collective bargaining agreement hammered out. (You like the repeated use of collective there? That's the kind of topnotch journalism you pay for with the RFT sports department, baby.) It's a good thing, too, since the NHL season has pretty much passed us by already, and I know of at least a few people who have lost interest completely in the sport. It's a shame, but that's kind of what happens when you just...go away occasionally.
Anyhow, the hockey pageant is back on, and the Blues' season will begin on the 19th of this month, at home, against the hated Detroit Red Wings, right here in the friendly confines of the Scottrade Center.
Hey, it might be a couple months late, yes. But, you can't really ask for a better start to the season than that, right?
In the coming days, I'll try to get a full season preview done, with looks at all the major players and storylines we need to watch for with this team. Suffice to say, this is one of the more intriguing seasons I can ever remember, one that should be eagerly anticipated by anyone with any kind of interest in this team, and I frankly feel more than a little bit cheated that all we're going to get out of it is a partial season. Ugh.
I'm going to do my best to swallow my frustration, though, and just be excited we'll finally get to see this Blues squad take the ice.
Some schedule highlights:
Or, more to the point, the Blues are back. I can't wait.
And, since I'm sure the team, and the league, will take all the shameless shilling they can get right now, go buy some tickets; single game tix go on sale today at noon. I couldn't blame anyone at this point for just not caring about the league anymore, but I'll put the plug out there anyway. Plus, hey, this is going to be a really, really good team. You're going to want to see what they do this year.
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