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Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (65) / 12/17/1951

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St. Louis has announced that Ken Hitchcock has been relieved of his coaching duties and Mike Yeo will take over as the head coach of the team.
The initial plan called for Yeo to become the team's head coach next season after he joined the Blues last summer as an associate head coach. However, the struggles of the Blues this campaign made the change happen earlier than expected. Hitchcock has coached the Blues for the past six seasons, while registering a record of 248-124-41. St. Louis has made the playoffs every year under Hitchcock, but their hold over a postseason spot is tenuous right now. Feb 1 - 9:38 AM

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Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't like the way his team has been playing of late.

The Blues have dropped three of four games since the Winter Classic, including ugly losses to Boston and Los Angeles this week. "We’re playing losing hockey right now," Hitchcock said. "We’re wasting some decent efforts on getting down too quick and chasing games. When you’re chasing from behind that early, you’re in trouble and we’ve been doing that." St. Louis has a pair of tough matchups this weekend, as they'll take on San Jose on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday.
Jan 14 - 11:34 AM

The St. Louis Blues are seeking taxpayer funding to help with a $138 million renovation plan for Scottrade Center.

The plan is for the city to contribute $67.5 million in initial funding. That would be covered by the city's existing sales tax money generated at Scottrade and from a 1% increase in the sales tax on Blues tickets. Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said that the bill will be introduced this week and might get a hearing next week.
Jan 4 - 11:27 AM

The Winter Classic will remain a noon start local time in St. Louis.

That's 1:00 in the East and 10:00 AM in the West as the league decided to keep the time after consultations with meteorologists. Sunday's game in Toronto was delayed 30 minutes due to the sun so the time could still change if the weather does not cooperate.
Jan 2 - 8:11 AM

Ken Hitchcock says his team is killing too many penalties this season.

The Blues' penalty kill has been more than solid this season, but the coach isn't happy with the number of penalties they're taking. "We played really well against Chicago … and then we played even better against Nashville," Hitchcock said Friday. "Until they scored their second goal and then we ran out of gas. It’s why we’re running out of gas. We’re running out of gas because we’re asking the same people to do too much because we’re killing too many penalties. We’re killing too many penalties and it’s not allowing us to play our roster properly. It’s disappointing to put that type of work in and play that well and basically not have the energy to come back. Some of it is back-to-back (games), but we were gassed. We were gassed in the third period."
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 09:14:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues have been impressive on the penalty kill this season.

They've killed off 92.8 percent of their opponents' power play attempts, which is second in the league behind Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Blues, that hasn't translated into the greatest start to the season. They have a 4-2-2 record through eight games.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:15:00 AM

St. Louis has been limited to one goal in four of the team's last five games.

"This game is the same as four or five games we’ve played already," coach Ken Hitchcock said after a 2-1 shootout loss to Detroit. "We've played really well, had a lot of good stuff, but don't finish. I think we've got to look at everything right now. I think we've got to look at combinations, what's working, what's not working, what we need to get more from. Can't just keep living on scoring chances, you've got to finish at the end of the day. I think we've got to look at every aspect right now." Look for some changes going into Saturday's match against Los Angeles.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 11:22:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a decent start, but head coach Ken Hitchcock believes there's plenty of room to improve.

"We’re 3-1-1 and that’s probably what we should be," Hitchcock said. "We probably won a game that we didn’t deserve to win and probably lost a game that we thought we could have won. We’re playing good enough to win and good enough to lose every game. We want to get better, but it’s a buildup. There’s 50 percent of the game that we like and 50 percent that we need to be better at. The first 10 games is all about getting better, and there’s elements of our game that we’re doing really well, and we want to keep up with, and there’s elements of our game that need to be better." The Blues will take on the struggling Flames on Saturday night.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 08:49:00 AM

The St. Louis Blues are off to a 2-0 start this season, but head coach Ken Hitchcock would like to see his team take less penalties.

The Blues have taken 11 minor penalties in two games, but have surrendered just one power play goal on nine of their opposition's opportunities on the man-advantage. "There’s two things that need to get better for sure," Hitchcock said. "No. 1 is our stick foul discipline. No matter what happens, you can’t take penalties in the offensive zone if you want to be a good team because it takes us out of our rhythm. We’re overplaying people already. We had that tendency in the preseason, and it’s leaked into this stuff here. We have three or four guys that we’re going to have to address that with in the next 48 hours."
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 09:47:00 AM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong was more than happy to sign Alex Steen to a four-year contract extension.

"It says a lot about what’s important to him," Armstrong said. "We all know that free agency was an option for him, but he stepped up and over the course of the summer made it clear he wanted to find a solution to stay in St. Louis, and from our perspective we made it clear he was a player we wanted to keep here in St. Louis. We’re excited to have him on board. He’s a big part of our leadership group now and in the future." Steen's deal is worth $23 million in total.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Even though the Blues might have a young team, head coach Ken Hitchcock believes they have enough experience on their roster.

The Blues lost David Backes and Troy Brouwer in free agency and they dealt veteran goalie Brian Elliott away, but Hitchcock still feels comfortable with his young leaders. "We’ve got experienced players who are just hitting their prime now," Hitchcock said. "We have a lot of guys that started young and we’ve grown them into the group. We are a veteran team that has a chance to get even better because they’re just starting to reach maturity." It'll be interesting to see how this edition of the Blues respond on the ice in Hitchcock's final year behind the bench.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Steve Thomas has joined the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach.

Thomas is coming over from Tampa Bay after spending two seasons as a Lightning coach. As a player he was a veteran of 1,235 NHL games and another 174 playoff contests. He had 421 goals, 933 points, and 1,306 penalty minutes.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Mike Yeo traveled to St. Louis to meet with the Blues on Thursday.

Yeo might end up as an assistant coach with St. Louis. He spent the previous four seasons as the Minnesota Wild's bench boss and was the head coach of the AHL's Houston Aeros before that. It's possible that the Blues are not only looking at Yeo as an assistant, but also as Hitchcock's eventual successor. Yeo is 42 years old while Hitchcock is 64.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 09:10:00 AM

The AHL's Chicago Wolves have parted ways with longtime head coach John Anderson.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. Anderson spent 14 seasons over two stints as the head coach of Chicago. He had a 624-368-24-100 record with the club and won four championships - two Turner Cup victories when the organization was part of the IHL and he helped claim the Calder Cup twice. "The Wolves organization will forever be indebted to John for all of the championships and wins," said Wolves chairman Don Levin. "Right from his first year with the team, when we won our first championship, he set high standards and expectations for our players and his personality and coaching style made hockey fun for our fans. We will always consider him part of the Wolves family."
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 05:15:00 PM

The 2016-17 season will be Ken Hitchcock's last as a head coach.

"I just feel like I've got this really good year in me," he said. "... This season has invigorated me like no season before." Hitchcock guided the Blues to a 49-24-9 record in 2015-16 and the team advanced to the Western Conference Final in the playoffs.
Tue, May 31, 2016 11:38:00 AM

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All Positions
C1Paul Stastny
2Patrik Berglund
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4David Perron
5Zach Sanford
6Magnus Paajarvi
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Dmitrij Jaskin
3Nail Yakupov
4Scottie Upshall
5Ryan Reaves
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Colton Parayko
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Joel Edmundson
5Carl Gunnarsson
6Robert Bortuzzo
7Jordan Schmaltz
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton