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Hitchcock And Halak Disagreement Surfaces

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room the morning of Game 4 in Los Angeles, multiple sources have confirmed to the Post-Dispatch.

The argument was triggered by Halak being late for the Blues’ team meeting before their game-day practice and it escalated when the goaltender vented about his ice time this season, particularly after returning from a groin injury at the end of the regular season.

“These are internal discussions between a player and coach,” Hitchcock said when asked about the incident on Saturday, one day after the Kings eliminated the Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Halak was unavailable for comment and his agent, Allan Walsh, declined comment.

Halak did not play in the Blues’ final 14 games of the regular season and didn’t make an appearance in the playoffs. Hitchcock said before the series began that Brian Elliott was “the guy we’re going to go with.”

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Time is just about up for Hitchcock.  He lasts about 2 years before the team revolts.  He is a good hockey mind, but has terrible player relations. He should go back to junior hockey where is mind games work best.

Posted by timbits on 05/12/13 at 10:43 AM ET

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Timbits is spot on. I heard the rumors that he’s good for 2 years and then his message really starts to wear on his players wouldn’t be surprised if he gets one more year and then is shown the door.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/12/13 at 10:50 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

He certainly did well in his 4th and 5th years with Dallas.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/12/13 at 05:21 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

I see the entitlement culture hasn’t change in St. Louis

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/12/13 at 06:35 PM ET

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