Singing the Blues

By Josh Simon

July 23, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 6:38 PM CDT

With the temperature near 100 degrees we try to cool things down with a little hockey talk. Former Rivermen head coach Bob Plager says the future is now for St. Louis.

Having been in the playoffs only once since the 2005 season the St. Louis Blues have changed their philosophy.

St. Louis Blues Radio Analyst Bob Plager said, "There was a decision made a few years ago that we're not just going to go out and rent players to make the playoffs we're going to go with our players, our draft choices and bring our own players in there. "

It's a strategy they don't have to look far to see working.

Plager said, "You look at the Chicago Blackhawks who we're looking at right now years ago they missed the playoffs seven out of eight years. They got good draft choices, stayed with their players and they went out got a couple of good free agents and they won the Stanley Cup."

Building up the Farm system won't only help the Blues but it will play in Peoria too.

Plager said, "Our young kids will be coming to the minors they will be playing here and they'll be learning the game and that's what you want.

And it isn't just players. The Blues have been grooming their coach in the minors too.

Plager said, "Davis Payne we don't only get the players from Peoria we get the coach too. He wasn't given the job in St. Louis, he earned that job in St. Louis."

After a strong finish last season the pressure will be on Payne and the Blues this year.

Plager said, "The Puzzle is there. We think we have the pieces. Making the playoffs is a must and then it's like we talk about. You're in the playoffs and anything can happen."

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