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Not A Good Ending For Ken Hitchcock

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

It just wasn’t supposed to play out like this – not with Hitchcock two wins shy of passing Al Arbour for third-most in NHL history, not without one more shot at a Stanley Cup that has eluded the NHL’s best regular-season team over the last handful of years.

The Blues fired Hitchcock on Wednesday morning following their fifth loss in six games.

Perhaps, it should not have come as a surprise, considering Mike Yeo was hired last summer with the announced and unusual coach-in-waiting title, officially putting a timer on Hitchcock’s tenure in St. Louis.

A coaching change was one of the few cards left for general manager Doug Armstrong to play in an attempt to jolt a Blues team that is hanging in the playoff race by the skin of their teeth.

Armstrong, who choked back tears at a Wednesday press conference, will enter the final year of his contract next June.

“Ken is paying the price for all of our failures, starting with mine,” Armstrong told reporters. “It starts with me as a manager, filters down. I think we’ve let our group become independent contractors. We have to become a team again.

“Whatever mess is here, it’s on me.”

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WingedRider's avatar

Maybe a good beginning in Detroit. One can dream.

Hitchcock has a high hockey IQ but personality is ??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/01/17 at 02:51 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I don’t think Hitch wants to coach anymore. It was going to be it after this season with the Blues.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/01/17 at 03:21 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think we’ve let our group become independent contractors.

I think that was set in play some time ago when they named Backes captain, and it’s only gotten worse.

The best comparison I can make is to say STL is trying to play chess with nothing but knights, or something.  A knight is a decently-powerful piece in chess because of how it moves.  But you’d have fits trying to get to checkmate if you only had like 6 knights or something.  It needs other pieces like bishops, rooks, or queens that have different movement to complement them, and the knight to complement the other pieces.

STL seems to go out and plug in knights and pawns a lot.

Posted by Primis on 02/01/17 at 06:29 PM ET

dreamsofhope's avatar

I think that was set in play some time ago when they named Backes captain, and it’s only gotten worse.

The best comparison I can make is to say STL is trying to play chess with nothing but knights, or something.  A knight is a decently-powerful piece in chess because of how it moves.  But you’d have fits trying to get to checkmate if you only had like 6 knights or something.  It needs other pieces like bishops, rooks, or queens that have different movement to complement them, and the knight to complement the other pieces.

STL seems to go out and plug in knights and pawns a lot.

This is a great analogy. Well said

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 02/01/17 at 06:45 PM ET

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