The St. Louis Blues have actually not had too many clunkers in their 50 year history, at least not in the grand sense. They have had some bad seasons though, like any team.
The St. Louis Blues have been a model of consistency overall since they entered the league in 1967. For a long time, they had the longest active playoff streak in the NHL (1979-2006).
That does not mean they have not had some bad seasons. Interestingly enough, their inaugural season was not all that great.
The Blues only won 27 games and went 27-31-16. However, they caught fire in the playoffs and went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, so it is hard to consider that a poor season.
There have been plenty of other clunkers along the way. Some were worse than others and as usual, it’s up for debate.
Here are our five worst seasons in Blues history though.
People are going to wonder why I included this season. There were others that the Blues had fewer wins or fewer points.
33 wins is not great, but it’s not the worst thing to ever happen. The Blues also had 79 points that season.
However, it was just the culmination of a bad situation. The Blues were trying to rebuild and it was the final season before things actually turned around.
Making matters worse was the brief glimpse of hope the previous year. In 2006-07, the Blues had 34 wins, 81 points and finished in third in the division. It seemed like they were turning the corner early.
While the total of wins only went down by one, the Blues finished last in the division. It was a punch to the gut and felt like a step back.
St. Louis at least had an excuse this season. They were a team in transition.
You had David Perron and Erik Johnson playing their first seasons and David Backes was still a pup. TJ Oshie and Patrik Berglund were not on the team yet and the Blues were clinging to life with veterans like Keith Tkachuk and Andy McDonald.
The mixture just never came together. The record might not have been bad, but the hockey was just not that great.
St. Louis was trying to come to terms with Andy Murray’s style of play and found themselves only a spot away from the bottom of the conference. Things rebounded the next season, but this one was not fun to deal with.
They just were not good enough defensively. They scored over 200 goals, but allowed 248 against. That wide of a gap is just going to be too hard to overcome.
The team was also an important first in Blues history. This squad was the first team in Blues history to miss the playoffs.
Like others with dubious history, they were nowhere near the worst. The team that scored the fewest amount of goals was that inaugural team that made the finals. This team had some good parts, but just could not put it together consistently enough.
Perhaps what was disappointing about this squad, overall, was missing the playoffs in the time they did. In the 70’s, it was almost impossible to miss the playoffs, but the Blues managed to do it in this year.
This season was just a mess for the Blues. Clearly winning only 20 games makes them, statistically, the second worst team in team history, but they had some excuses.
This team was affected by a lot of behind the scenes turmoil. The Blues ownership was in flux prior to the season.
Before the season began, the original team owners (the Salomon’s) sold the team to Ralston Purina. The pet food company really only bought the team because their leaders were convinced it was good for civic pride.
The Blues, again, had some good pieces. Unger was still in his stride and Bernie Federko was in his first full season. They just could not win.
Like that 2007-08 squad, this team was a mixture of talent. They had some young players and some at the ends of their careers. For whatever reason, the talent never gelled. This Blues team ended up with the fourth fewest goals scored in team history.
The Blues goaltending situation did not help matters. St. Louis went through five goalies in this season with three playing double-digit games.
Again, like that 07-08 team, fans were hopeful this was the turnaround. Unfortunately, things would have to get worse before they got better in this instance.