At the start of the month, the Columbus Blue Jackets were among the worst teams in the NHL and had Ken Hitchcock along for the ride.
He had coached the Blue Jackets before, was still with the organization as a consultant and his name swirled in rumors that he'd take over for embattled coach Scott Arniel.
When the Blue Jackets decided not to make a change, the St. Louis Blues pounced and hired Hitchcock to help resuscitate their stumbling franchise.
Based on early returns, score this move a win for the Blues - and another miscalculation by Columbus.
Hitchcock is 3-0-1 with the Blues - a point total in four games that matches Columbus' season mark in 17 games (3-13-1).
Hitchcock, who won a Stanley Cup with Dallas, has revived the Blues' hopes of a playoff run, leading them from 14th place in the Western Conference to the middle of the pack. But maybe even Hitchcock couldn't fix the NHL-worst Blue Jackets, the only team that has yet to reach double digits in points.
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