There's no question it can be done. But the core of the Blues' roster was two years removed from a Conference Final. The Rangers team AV took to the Final in his first year was a season removed from a Conference Final.
This is the hardest tournament in sports to get through and there are 15 other teams with the same goal. Boston is 7-3 over the past 10, Vegas is 8-2, and the Avs and Blues are 7-2-1 with 6+ game winning streaks of their own.
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What we are seeing is a direct result of coaching. Even the addition of Grant/Thompson were due to AV. He communicated with the players to see what they thought, assessed what he needed, an addressed a glaring weakness
The relationship between him and the GM seems to be a good match
Hard to say. It'll likely be a question of who is available that fits the bill.
Regardless, an article like that -- not to mention the simple eye test of those of us paying attention -- signals to me how amazingly impactful the coaching change has been. Don't get me wrong, the adds are a great boost, but I still think bringing in some quality and experienced NHL-level coaches is by far the biggest difference maker for this season.