Found November 24, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
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On November 6, 2011, Ken Hitchcock was announced as the new head coach of the St. Louis Blues.  Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as head coach, a very curious move on many fronts.  While the Blues struggled a bit out of the gate, this season with a 6-7-0 record, Payne had an overall record of 67-55-15, a record Hitchcock’s former employer and division rival Columbus Blue Jackets would have cooed over, they of the 5-13-2 record and no imminent changes to speak of. However, these were the St. Louis Blues, a team who had a legacy of being a regular Stanley Cup playoff participant – in fact, possessors of a 24-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances (1980-2004) – the Blues made the playoffs only once in the following six seasons and urgency was at a premium. Enter Ken Hitchcock.  Hitchcock was plucked by Blues’ General Manager (GM) Doug Armstrong, who was the Assistant GM when Hitchcock coached the Stars to a Stanley Cup title in 1999.  As Hitchcock struggled to find a head coachi...
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