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The Blues are currently the only team in the four major North American sports ice hockey, basketball, baseball, and American football to be owned by a private equity firm. Following the disappointing —06 season, which saw the Blues with the worst record in the NHL, the new management focused on rebuilding the franchise.

Under new management, the Blues promptly installed John Davidson as president of hockey operations, moving Pleau to a mostly advisory role. Louis after a brief and productive stopover in Carolina. Weight was again traded in December to the Anaheim Ducks , along with a minor league player, in exchange for Andy McDonald. At the beginning of the —07 season , the Blues looked to be competitive in the Central Division. However, injuries plagued the team all season, and the lack of a bona fide scorer hampered them as well.

Fan support was sluggish during the first half of the campaign, and the end of the calendar year was capped by an game losing streak. Oshie , Erik Johnson and David Perron. On January 4, , the Blues had a record of 6—1—3 in their previous ten games, which was the best in the NHL during that stretch. Despite a healthy point jump from the previous season, the strain of playing in a conference where seven teams finished with more than points kept them out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Just before the NHL trade deadline , the Blues traded several key players, including Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Dennis Wideman , in exchange for draft picks, though they re-signed Tkachuk after the season ended.

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Brad Boyes , picked up from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Wideman, became the fastest Blues player to reach 40 goals since Brett Hull , doing so during the —08 season. On October 10, the Blues introduced a new mascot, Louie. Two months later, they traded Doug Weight, a year-old four-time All-Star center, to the Anaheim Ducks as part of a package to acquire year-old center Andy McDonald. On February 8, , it was announced that, after going much of the season without a captain, defenseman Eric Brewer was chosen as the team's 19th captain.

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Louis native, Cam Janssen. He made his debut two days later, wearing number 55 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

After spending the first half of the —09 season at or near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the Blues began to turn things around behind the solid goaltending of Chris Mason. After a strong second half run, the Blues made the playoffs on April 10, , after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3—1. On April 12, the Blues clinched the sixth seed in the West with a 1—0 win against the Colorado Avalanche.

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For the first time in five years that is, since the lockout , the Blues were in the playoffs. They faced the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round, but despite the team's tremendous run to end the season, the Blues would ultimately lose the series in a quick four-game sweep.

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The Blues fired head coach Andy Murray on January 2, , after a disappointing record 17—17—6, 40 points , sitting in 12th place in the Conference. Especially galling were the frequent blown leads after two periods, and with the worst home record 6—13—3 posted in the entire NHL. After his duties as interim coach for the rest of the —10 season , Davis Payne was named the 23rd head coach in the Blues' history on April On March 17, , it was announced that the St. Louis Blues were for sale. They fired their head coach, Davis Payne, and named Ken Hitchcock as his replacement on November 6, David Backes was also announced as the new team captain.

On March 17, , the Blues became the first team to reach points and clinch a playoff berth in the —12 season under Hitchcock, qualifying for their first playoffs since — They would finish second in the Western Conference, behind the Vancouver Canucks. During the playoffs, they won their first playoff series since , eliminating the San Jose Sharks in five games. In —13 , the Blues completed the lockout -shortened season in fourth place in the Western Conference.

They were again eliminated by Los Angeles, however, this time in six games in the first round of the playoffs, despite taking an initial 2—0 series lead. The following season, —14 , the team hit the point mark for the sixth time in franchise history, and gained a franchise record of 52 wins. Their chance on winning the Central Division title, the top seed in the West, and the Presidents' Trophy would all evaporate, after they lost their final six games and wound up in second place in the Division, this time to the Colorado Avalanche.

The slump haunted them, as they blew a 2—0 series lead to the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks , losing the first round series in six games. This marked the second-straight year the Blues lost in the first round of the playoffs to the reigning champions in six games after leading the series 2—0. In —15 , the Blues won their second Central Division championship in four years and faced the Minnesota Wild in round one of the playoffs. However, for the third-straight year, they lost in the first round and in six games. During the off-season, forward T. Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer.

The Blues took on the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round series. The Blues jumped to a 3—1 series lead, but struggled in games 5 and 6. However, St.

Louis ended their first round losing streak by beating Chicago 3—2 in game 7 of the series. The moved on to the next round, where they defeated the Dallas Stars in another seven-game series to advance to their first Western Conference Finals since The Blues season would come to an end at the hands of the San Jose Sharks , who eliminated them in six games. On June 13, , it was announced that Mike Yeo would replace Hitchcock as head coach of the Blues following the —17 season.

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The off-season saw big changes for the Blues, as team captain David Backes left the team to sign with the Boston Bruins , and goaltender Brian Elliott was traded to the Calgary Flames , while veteran forward Troy Brouwer also signed with Calgary as a free agent. Steve Ott also left the team, signing a free agent deal with the Red Wings.

Jake Allen was now the starting goaltender for the Blues, while the team also signed former Nashville Predators backup Carter Hutton. Former Blues forward David Perron was brought back on a free agent deal, while defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was named team captain. The team started the season by posting a record of 10—1—2 in their first 13 home games.

However, they only won three games on the road during the first two months of the season. Despite an impressive run into the end of the season, when they gained most points in the league from February 1, when Hitchcock was fired, to the end of the season, [18] the Blues were eliminated in the second round by the Nashville Predators in six games.

Before the season began, the Blues were hit hard with injuries as they lost Robby Fabbri before the season began. Other players like Patrik Berglund , and Alex Steen did not return for the season in time. Despite these losses, the Blues raced out to a 21—8—2 start in their first 31 games. The Blues lost more players as Jay Bouwmeester suffered a season ending injury, and Jaden Schwartz missed a large portion of the season. The Blues also dealt away Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline for their 1st round pick as they won only 23 games of their remaining 51, but they still had a chance to get into the playoffs on the last day of their season against the Colorado Avalanche.

After losing Vladimir Tarasenko to injury during the game, the Blues lost to the Avalanche 5—2 as they missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Louis native Pat Maroon and goaltender Chad Johnson. On May 29, the Blues won a Stanley Cup Finals series' game for the first time in franchise history after getting swept in three previous series — , when they defeated the Boston Bruins 3—2 in overtime. The Blues play in the 19, not counting standing room capacity Enterprise Center , where they have played since The team played in the St.

Louis Arena known as The Checkerdome from until , where the old St. Louis Eagles played, and which the original owners had to buy as a condition of the NHL expansion. Louis Blues are one of the more successful NHL teams in terms of attendance. After the —05 lockout , the Blues attendance suffered, but has since improved every year since its all-time low in — In —10 , despite not having a playoff year, the Blues had an average attendance of 18, The Blues simplified their design, with only the blue note logo on the front; there were no third jerseys for the season.

The Blues announced plans for a navy third jersey featuring a new logo, with the Gateway Arch with the Blue Note superimposed over it inside a circle with the words "St. Louis" above and "Blues" below. This third jersey was unveiled on September 21, , and debuted during a Blues' home game against the Anaheim Ducks on November 21, While they kept the Reebok Edge-era template, they brought back the — look.

The navy blue third jersey was kept without any alterations, before it was retired before the —17 season. Louie is the mascot of the St. Louis Blues. He was introduced on October 10, On November 3, , the fans voted on his name on the Blues' web site. Buck elected to leave the booth after one season, though, and was replaced by another famed announcer in Dan Kelly. KMOX is a 50,watt clear-channel station that reaches almost all of North America at night, allowing Kelly to become a celebrity in both the United States and Canada. From to , the radio and television broadcasts were separated for the first time since the inaugural season, with Kelly doing the radio broadcasts and Eli Gold hired to do the television. In , Ornest, wanting more broadcast revenue, put the radio rights up for bid.

However, the station was never financially competitive in the market. Additionally, fans complained they could not hear the station at night it had to readjust its coverage due to a glut of clear-channels on adjacent frequencies. Dan Kelly continued to broadcast the games on radio but was diagnosed in the summer of with lung cancer and died on February 10, After his death, Ron Jacober who had left Channel 5 to be KXOK's sports director in then left for KMOX in was hired as the radio play-by-play announcer for the remainder of the season, and John Kelly succeeded in that position.

During this time, from —, more games began to be aired on Prime Sports Midwest, the forerunner to today's Fox Sports Midwest. The long-term partnership between KMOX and the Blues had its problems, however, namely during spring when the ever-popular St. Louis Cardinals began their season. Blues games, many of which were crucial to playoff berths, would often be pre-empted for spring training coverage.

However, in an ironic twist the Cards purchased a controlling interest in KTRS in , and once again preferred to air preseason baseball over regular season hockey. Chris Kerber and Joe Vitale are the current radio broadcast team.

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The Blues have a tradition of live organ music. Handy 's " St. Louis Blues " in its entirety before games and a short version at the end of every period, followed by " When the Saints Go Marching In. At the end of the national anthem before every home game, the words "the home of the brave" are drowned out by fans with "the home of the Blues. Starting in , the team introduced a win song in the form of Pitbull's " Don't Stop The Party ", [38] but from to , the win song was " Song 2 " by Blur after public backlash against using a Pitbull song.

The Blues were one of the last teams to add a goal horn, doing so during the —93 season at the St. After each goal, a bell is rung and each of the goals are counted by the crowd. Since , Ron Baechle, also known as the "Towel Man" or "Towel Guy," has celebrated each goal by counting with the bell and throwing a towel into the crowd from section The team also has a long tradition of fan-produced programs , sold outside the arena and providing an often biting, sarcastic, humor-filled alternative to team- and League-produced periodicals.

It operated for over 10 years, from to , when its owner decided not to resume the magazine after the —05 NHL lockout one final oversized "goodbye" issue was distributed the first two home games of the —06 season. After hockey resumed in , a few months after GNR' s final issue, a new publication, St.