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ST. LOUIS BLUES
In Ken Hitchcock
Out Davis Payne
Reason for the change
The Blues are a big team and are built to play physical, but that element was missing during a 6-7-0 start. Doug Armstrong became the first G.M. in the NHL to swing his ax, cutting Payne loose on Nov. 6 after only one full season and a career record of 67-55-15.
Will it work?
So far Hitchcock, who won a Cup with the Stars in 1999, has brought fire, focus, and energy to St. Louis—as well as the physical edge for which his teams are renowned—going 8-2-3 through Sunday. The Blues' talented young players have responded well, and the club should make the playoffs.
In Kirk Muller
Out Paul Maurice