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St. Louis Blues Extend Ken Hitchock Through 2014-15
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St. Louis Blues Extend Ken Hitchock Through 2014-15

May 8 2014, 2:46am CDT | by

The St. Louis Blues extended head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract through the 2014-15 NHL season on May 7.

The St. Louis Blues extended head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract through the 2014-15 NHL season on May 7.  The Blues issued a press release on their official website:  "St. Louis Blues president of...

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St. Louis Blues Extend Ken Hitchock Through 2014-15

May 8 2014, 2:46am CDT | by

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The St. Louis Blues extended head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract through the 2014-15 NHL season on May 7.

The St. Louis Blues extended head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract through the 2014-15 NHL season on May 7. 

The Blues issued a press release on their official website: 

"St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has extended the contract of head coach Ken Hitchcock for the 2014-15 season. 

"Associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will also return for the upcoming season. 

"In addition, the club announced that assistant coach Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not rejoin the team. A search to complete the coaching staff will begin immediately and the club will have no further comment until replacements are named. 

"'I would like to thank Gary and Corey for their diligence and dedication as members of our organization, and wish them nothing but success in their future endeavors,' said Armstrong."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford adds more pertinent details about the development: 

"'We've made a home here,' Hitchcock said last week. 'We've made significant progress here. I know it doesn't feel like progress to people right now, but it is.'

"In three seasons, Hitchcock has led the Blues to a regular-season record of 124-55-20, highlighted by a franchise-record 52 wins this season. The club has made three consecutive playoff appearances under Hitchcock but twice lost in the first round.

"'Ken has done such as solid, strong job in his three years here,' Armstrong said last week." 

Rutherford identifies Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach Jim Corsi as a potential replacement for Hirsch. Corsi was Blues goaltender Ryan Miller's goalies coach during his 11-year stint in Buffalo. Hiring Corsi would make even more sens should Miller, an unrestricted free agent, decide to renew his contract with the Blues.

On the other hand, candidates who may potentially replace Agnew are former Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen, former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and former Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates, per Rutherford. 

Dineen and Muller have the advantage as both of them suited up for Hitchcock during their playing days with the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars, respectively, The St. Louis Post-Disptach report adds. 

Hitchcock has amassed a career NHL coaching record of 657-405-178 with the Stars, Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues, per ESPN. He is currently seventh all-time in terms of coaching victories and second among coaches who are still active. 

He led the Stars to a 4-2 series win over the Sabres in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. 

 
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Vladimir Tarasenko was named the NHL’s first star of the week Monday afternoon and what better way for the St. Louis Blues winger to celebrate the achievement than by scoring a Goal of the Year candidate like he did Monday evening? The 22-year-old Russian has been on fire lately with eight points in his last four games—his posterizing of Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers was just an exclamation point on his early-season success. ...
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The Chicago Blackhawks face their first red-letter opponent of the season when they travel to the Scottrade Center Saturday night to take on the team they eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season: the St. Louis Blues. The Blues should be ready to come with their best effort as the Blackhawks come calling. Ken Hitchcock's Blues have been a powerful regular-season team in recent years, but they have disappointed in the playoffs. While they won't ...
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Oct 11 2014 9:09pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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Blues get off to fast start, cruise past Flames

Oct 11 2014 9:09pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. LOUIS – Paul Stastny is feeling right at home with his new team. A native of St. Louis, Stastny has four points in his first two games with his hometown team after picking up three assists in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Stastny, who signed as a free agent in the off-season, had a goal in his debut with the Blues in Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. He liked Sat ...
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Blues get off to fast start, cruise past Flames

Oct 11 2014 9:09pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. LOUIS – Paul Stastny is feeling right at home with his new team. A native of St. Louis, Stastny has four points in his first two games with his hometown team after picking up three assists in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Stastny, who signed as a free agent in the off-season, had a goal in his debut with the Blues in Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. He liked Saturday’s result much better. ...
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