The final seconds are ticking down in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and we go another year without the Blues winning the Stanley Cup. All the years of heartache in the playoffs are bad enough but tonight another significant former Blues player will be hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Former Blues captain Dallas Drake will be lifting the cup for the first time in his career. Dallas was captain of some of the worst teams in the franchise's history but if heart was the measure of wins and losses he would have had the team in the playoffs. Unfortunately his talent wasn't nearly enough to raise the team out of the dregs of the league.
What kills me as a Blues fan is having to watch one former player after another lift Lord Stanley's Cup. It has killed me to see Brett Hull win one with the Stars. Scott Stevens with the Devils. Brendan Shanahan with the Red Wings. Doug Weight with the Hurricanes and Chris Pronger with the Ducks just to name a few. It just makes you sick June after June to watch it.
I have seen a parade for the Rams bringing the Lombardi Trophy down Market. I have seen the Cardinals take the World Series trophy down Market twice in my life. I am certain that if the Blues ever bring the Cup down Market it will be the biggest party you have ever seen in St. Louis.
I just don't know how many more Junes I can take of seeing former Blues lifting the trophy. Tonight Chris Osgood and Dallas Drake get to do it. I hope that I will see it in my lifetime but I feel as a Blues fan I may be destined to be like the a Cubs fan. Waiting a lifetime to see a championship.