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Why The Coaching Change In St. Louis?

from NHL.com,

Mike Yeo was fired as coach of the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Yeo will be replaced on an interim basis by Craig Berube.

"The interim tag is based on a decision made last night," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday. "He did a very good job with our American Hockey League affiliate, he's got experience, he's going to be given that opportunity, but as a manager, you have to multitask. ... I'm going to throw my full support behind Craig and his staff right now as we try and cauterize the wound and get back into the playoff picture.

The move was announced about an hour and a half after the Blues (7-9-3) lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center. It was the second straight game they were shut out and third time in four games.

"Ultimately it comes back to our record," Armstrong said. "... Mike is paying for the sins of our collective group. It's not all on Mike but ultimately as the head coach, he's held accountable. ... You never make these decisions in a vacuum or quickly and it was something that I felt and shared with ownership that it was time to make a change to see what we can accomplish for this season."

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TreKronor's avatar

You never make these decisions in a vacuum or quickly

Apparently you do…

The move was announced about an hour and a half after the Blues (7-9-3) lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings

Did Armstrong go into the game saying, “if we lose tonight he’s fired.”? 

Posted by TreKronor on 11/20/18 at 06:33 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Is Quenneville going back to St. Louis? ..........

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 11/20/18 at 08:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The B’Lose.  Watching that cesspool of a fanbase squirm and shit themselves wet and sticky is always great fun.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/21/18 at 03:19 AM ET

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Is it my imagination, or are GM’s no longer culpable for the performance of their teams.

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 11/21/18 at 01:51 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Is it my imagination, or are GM’s no longer culpable for the performance of their teams.
Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 11/21/18 at 12:51 PM ET

Firing the coach is a technique employed by GMs to buy more time. They then spin the message that the franchise has the right players, but are not performing for / being properly employed by the outgoing coach. Bring in a new coach, get a small performance bump, tickets sell, all is well. Rinse repeat until the owner wants to change the profit formula.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 11/21/18 at 02:02 PM ET

HaHasek's avatar

Guess and check problem solving. Tinker with lines. Then trade a few guys, sign a few guys. Next, fire the coach, see if that works. If not, then the GM. May as well axe the coach first because the new GM will bring in their own coach anyway.

Posted by HaHasek on 11/21/18 at 02:15 PM ET

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