ST. LOUIS -- Bernie Federko has been around the block for a while.
He spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons with the St. Louis Blues. His No. 24 sweater was retired in 1991 and hangs from the rafters at Scottrade Center. The Hockey Hall of Famer (Class of 2002) even has a statue outside the rink. He's now in his 17th season broadcasting Blues games.
So, yeah, Federko has seen a little bit of everything through the years.
What he sees now, he says, is the first St. Louis Blues team in a long time with a legitimate chance to capture the organization's elusive first Stanley Cup.
This Blues team, despite how the final two weeks of the regular season played out, was built for the playoffs. And even though St. Louis has won just one playoff series (2012) in the past 10 seasons, this is a group that has been assembled to make a playoff run -- not just this year, but beyond as well.
"So this team, under Doug Armstrong, this is perfect building," Federko says. "This is how you build a hockey club a...