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TURN, TURN, TURN
PIERRE MCGUIRE
December 12, 2011
The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in
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December 12, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn

The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

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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.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

In Kirk Muller

Out Paul Maurice

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