Blues Fire Hitchcock

by | Feb 1, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 9 comments

The St. Louis Blues fired head coach Ken Hitchcock.

The St. Louis Blues fired head coach Ken Hitchcock. Assistant coach Mike Yeo will take over. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This season was to be Hitchcock’s last, with Yeo taking over next season. The Blues’ current struggles and the threat of falling out of playoff contention accelerated that plan.

It’ll be interesting to see how the roster responds. Their goaltending has struggled, especially young starter Jake Allen. They lack depth at center and their defensive play is deteriorating. Those are issues that perhaps a midseason coaching change won’t fix.

Then again, the New York Islanders are playing very well under interim coach Doug Weight after bench boss Jack Capuano was fired in mid-January. By replacing Hitchcock with Yeo, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is hoping for the same result. 

Perhaps the sense of HItchcock as a lame duck permeated the roster and they tuned him out. We’ll find out soon enough if Yeo, who had issues of his own in his former gig as Minnesota Wild coach, can get the Blues back on track.

If he can’t, Armstrong could face pressure to shake things up with a significant trade. Expect the trade rumors swirling about defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to persist. 








9 Comments

  1. Watching the Blues last night looked like they got older and slower too fast!
    When you see Ryan Reaves playing on the 3rd line you know something was wrong!

  2. Paul Maurice is next!

    • He should be. That is the worst excuse for a “team” I’ve ever seen, and they can’t blame it on the disruption of Evander Kane anymore.

      • The frustration with the Jets Mark C is that they have a roster that should be competing for a top 3 spot in their division let alone fighting frantically for a playoff spot. And I couldn’t agree more with your comment regarding Evader Kane! Notice I eliminated the “n” on purpose!

      • Unfortunately, no goalie in 6 years hasn’t helped.

  3. Tsn just reported the goalie coach will be released as well

    • Makes sense St.Louis goalies can’t stop beach balls right now Allen has been brutal …Hutton has been up and down… They need to show the goalies what a 5 hole is….because alot of goals are going there.

      Marc Andre Fluery is sooo much better than these two….wont take much to get him..

  4. I would of put the blame on the gm and canned him before he canned the coach. To many players moved out that made this team good.

  5. Hitch was done anyway and they should have let him ride it out. Goal tending IS the issue with the worse NHL team save percentage. Yeo was not that successful in Minnesota and not the answer in STL.