In the span of three days, the St. Louis Blues performed a defensive makeover they hope will lead them to postseason success. For now, nailing down a playoff spot has been made a bit more attainable with the addition of veteran defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold. "This is an addition where part of it is to help us win now, but part of it is also to augment the team for (the) future," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I like the fact that management is committed to making us better. They're not just sitting and watching the group, they're doing their own level of work, too. "The players are impressed by this, I think they feel an even higher sense of obligation to help out as much as management is helping them." Blues veteran defenseman Barret Jackman agreed, saying the time for excuses is over. "We've got two great players that are going to come in here and make us that much better," Jackman said. "If you look around our dressing room we have every piece that we need. Now we have to put that on the ice and win. They're definitely showing their faith in this team." Blues captain David Backes said the players appreciate the commitment, but now must work even harder to reward it. "No excuses in here, we just need results," Backes said. "We've shown that the core in here's got what it takes to be good on a regular basis, win games and win a playoff battle. "That being said, we're not satisfied with those results. We've got to keep growing and keep progressing or else I think it changes the outlook. We need to stick together and bring it every night. Then we like our chances."
Revamped defense for Blues; now it's up to the players
Belleville News-Democrat | Apr 4