With their playoff chances in jeopardy in the rugged Central Division, the St. Louis Blues began February by firing longtime coach Ken Hitchcock. The team replaced him with top assistant and former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo.
The move comes as a surprise given that Hitchcock had announced before the year began that the current season would be his last behind the bench in the NHL, but with the Blues having slipped into a tie for the final wild-card spot with the Calgary Flames, the Blues’ management decided to speed up the timetable and end its partnership with Hitchcock now.
Prior to Wednesday, St. Louis had lost five of its past six, including a pair to their divisional rival Winnipeg, which is in sixth place in the Central but has closed the gap on fourth-place St. Louis to just one point. The Blues announced the firing of Ken Hitchcock via the team website, with general manager Doug Armstrong and Yeo set to meet with the media at 10 a.m. CDA News will have more on this story as it develops.
Commentary by Dan Angell