For Blues, it's time to 'put up or shut up'

For Blues, it's time to 'put up or shut up'

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For Blues, it's time to 'put up or shut up'

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by Brian Feldman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

(HockeyStL) -- The Blues don’t want to hear anymore about how much potential they have.  They don’t want to hear anymore about how close they are to breaking out and making a run at their first ever Stanley Cup.  After two straight disappointing playoff exits to the Los Angeles Kings they’re ready for so much more.

They’re ready to stop making excuses and actually do it.

“It’s our time now,” defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said.  “We’ve gone through it two years in a row now and we know what it takes.  We know what it takes to win.  We’ve seen the teams do it.  We’ve played against them.  Now it’s our turn to raise our level and put up or shut up.”

There has not been very much turnover from last season except for the big trade of David Perron to Edmonton in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi.  Forward Derek Roy should help, as should a full season of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. 

But for the most part, the guys in house will need to raise their games for the Blues to take the next step.

“If you look at the last two years we’re really disappointed at where we ended,” Ryan Reaves said.  “But the same guys are learning the same lessons and are starting to take it to heart where we’re a little older, we’re a little more mature and kind of learning what it takes to get to that next level.  The heartbreak of the last two years has to be a lesson enough.”

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