ST. LOUIS It was during a four-day span last summer that the St. Louis Blues first envisioned their season playing out like this.
It began July 2, when the club signed defenseman Kent Huskins. Then came the signing of veteran winger Scott Nichol on July 5. The next afternoon, the Blues then announced one-year deals with Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner.
In barely 96 hours, the Blues went from a young and inexperienced group to a team that featured three Stanley Cup Champions and a fourth who had played in the Conference Finals the past two seasons.
Most hockey observers had no problems with the signings at the time. The low-risk, high-reward moves brought much needed veteran leadership to a team that hasnt won a playoff game since 2004.
Some said the signings would have been better had it been 2001 and not 2011. And they were probably right. But for a group looking to take that next step towards winning the franchises first Stanley Cup, nearly everyone said adding the veter...