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Blues' Jordan Kyrou fights Markus Nutivaara of Columbus for control of the puck in a regular-season game last October at Enterprise Center. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

QUESTION: Tell me how the Blues improved their team? Their challenge will be making the playoffs — the Blues are a team made for the tight game of the playoffs, not the regular season. They're still too slow. No team ever repeats without improvements!

GORDO: Cup-winning teams seldom repeat, period. And when you spend to the cap and then win a Cup, there really is no way to improve. That the Blues can bring back almost everybody is amazing. I do think Jordan Kyrou (above) could add a nice boost if he gets back to 100 percent after knee surgery.