So what else will new President John Davidson need to add to this mix? A veteran offensive defenseman would help lift that woeful power play out of the doldrums, and an experienced goaltender (Manny Legace?) could assist with the development of Curtis Sanford, who in 34 games last year put up some decent numbers, including a 7-1-1 stretch in his final 9 starts.
The best news for Davidson is that he has plenty of room left under the cap, and the fans in St. Louis will support a decent payroll once they see the front office showing signs of competitiveness once again. There's a long, solid hockey tradition in St. Louis, and we might just witness a rejuvenation of it this upcoming season.