Let’s put it this way — the St. Louis Blues have no plans to become a “tomorrow team.”
GM Doug Armstrong met with reporters today, alongside head coach (for now) Ken Hitchcock, to answer for yet another disappointing playoff performance.
While Armstrong is fully aware of his team’s situation — “We entered a window four years ago, and the window doesn’t stay open forever” — he’s also wary of overreacting.
“What I don’t want to do is hurt the franchise long-term,” he said. “I don’t want to do something that is going to be a good headline tomorrow, and that we’re going to regret for five or six years.”
As such, his recommendation to ownership will be this: “Let’s live to fight another day. Let’s go back to work. Let’s prop this group up. Let’s find out what’s holding us back, and let’s attack it.”
To be clear, that doesn’t mean no changes. Obviously, there will be changes.
“I’d rather work with these guys than against these guys,” he said. “But ultimately I’m going to do what I have to do to give our organization the best chance for success. Hard decisions are made. That’s the business that we’ve chosen. We’re all compensated very well, and there’s a responsibility that goes with that compensation. … I don’t want to tear it apart, but I’m not afraid to make changes if I think it’ll help the team.”