SN: You’ve watched this team all season. When you were covering this team back in December you didn’t think it would get to this point.CJ: I didn’t know how to stay positive. It was tough because you’re seeing these guys, and you’re friends with them, but you have to be honest, and it wasn’t there and it was bad — it was real bad.But you knew we had the team on paper, you just needed to tighten up a couple of things, and once you get Craig Berube coming in and he set the example, and then you get some saves from Jordan Binnington, then you could really look at the team and evaluate it, which is exactly what they do. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/22/30/alex-pietrangelo-st-louis-blues-060319-getty-ftrjpeg_1qjiperm4g3h610b6kduos2ko9.jpg?t=518474323&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Watch the Stanley Cup Final live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Sporting News caught up with Janssen at the Enterprise Center prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and got his take on what the series means for the city, on former teammate Alex Pietrangelo and on his beloved Blues.(Editor’s note: The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)Sporting News: As a native Missourian, what’s it been like, this experience of having the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final?Cam Janssen: Well, I’m tired a lot because there’s so much to do . . . But it’s been great, it’s been fun. The business in this city and my family and even going to gas stations. (Stops to say good luck to Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Barbashev.) Sorry, gotta say hey to the boys there, get them pumped up.But even going to the gas stations, the people coming up, it’s just non-stop. You see Gloria signs everywhere, you see ‘Let’s Go Blues.’ Every business you can imagine.Known for snapping back after terrible losses, General Grant seems ready for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/rVY5xMzd9h— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) June 3, 2019Even the Cardinals players here, which the St. Louis Cardinals are gigantic in this town; we all know that. If their game gets rained out, a couple of the big boys like Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright cruise right up the street to Enterprise Center and get in their box, and they support the Blues, too.The whole city is on board, and especially from where I’m out from in Eureka everybody is chiming in on everything.SN: What was it like for you playing for the Blues, being a hometown kid and putting that jersey on for the first time?CJ: It was unbelievable. … As a whole it was the best thing that could have happened for my career and my postcareer now. I have a radio show now (on 590 The Fan KFNS). You’re from here, you can relate to people, you know what the pizza tastes like, you know about the city.I absolutely had a blast. It’s funny how my parents used to come watch the games live and then. … One person may say something negative and you know what, screw it I’m going to go home and watch it. They live right next to me and they got Tivo and rewind and things like that, so it made it a lot easier for them. They had a blast and now they get to listen to me on the radio talk about the Blues, as well.MORE: Full schedule for 2019 Stanley Cup FinalSN: You skated with Alex Pietrangelo. John Davidson at his presser recently talked about how Pietrangelo had a bit of a rocky start to his career. Now he is a leader of this team. What does he bring to this team? Did you see this leadership from him when you skated with him?CJ: It was so funny. When he first walked into the locker room, I was sitting right next to Dan Hinote, great friend of mine, and this kid — our first-rounder — walks in, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds. We both looked at each other like, look at this tall drink of water. All of a sudden he goes out there and controls the whole play for 27 minutes straight, and he’s getting big-time goals and he’s blocking shots and he’s doing all kinds of great stuff out there, leading this team. (Stops to say hi to some of the Blues players.) “Look at these guys, good luck.”Sorry, had to say hi to the boys again.He controls the play, and yet he has so much pressure on top of him that he’s in so many different situations where if he does make a mistake, it’s amplified. So his bad games look bad, but his good games sometimes are kind of hidden a little bit because he does so many little, little things throughout the play that creates offense and things like that, that maybe you don’t notice, but it’s there. ST. LOUIS — Cam Janssen knows a thing or two about the St. Louis Blues.The former NHL enforcer-turned-sports talk radio personality skated in 165 games for the Blues over four seasons. He is also a hometown kid who grew up just 27 miles away from St. Louis in Eureka, Mo. They cleaned up what they needed to clean up, and now we’re in the Stanley Cup Final.SN: Prediction for tonight.CJ: I think Jordan Binnington is just going to be unbelievable, but so is Tuukka Rask. Gotta stay out of the box, put pucks on net, keep banging, keep crashing, pucks will go in. I know it’s simple, but that’s how it goes.