Found November 08, 2011 on Chicago Breaking Sports:
ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Kane's shift to center for the Chicago Blackhawks has made quite an impression on new St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

Rant: Montador in Front of the Net on the Powerplay?

Seriously?Seriously?That’s what you’re going to do?Steve Montador?In front of the net?On the powerplay?You’re THAT much out of ideas? You can just **** right off then.You’ve clearly given up. I thought you reached that point last night against the Blues when I saw Dan Carcillo running around doing nothing in particular on the powerplay. Nope. You’ve reached a new level...

Maybe Hitchcock Really Can Salvage Halak

A lot of fantasy hockey players gave up on Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak this season when staggered to a 1-6 start. Halak's statistical ratios were terrible and then-coach Davis Payne shifted much of the workload to back-up Brian Elliott. But then general manager Doug Armstrong fired Payne and hired Hitchcock -- who immediately restored Halak's No. 1 standing. In his first...

Hitchcock introduced as Blues coach

New St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock plans no major changes to a team off to a stumbling start. Hitchcock was introduced Monday as the successor to Davis Payne. He believes the Blues have the talent to be a playoff team but lack consistency. The Blues dismissed Payne after a 6-7 start that left them in 14th place in the Western Conference in favor of a man with more than 1,000...

Hitchcock ready for job with the Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Despite coaching 1,042 games in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup and two Olympic Gold Medals, new Blues coach Ken Hitchcock believes his best coaching is still ahead of him. Fresh off a 21-month break that he said rejuvenated all aspects of his life, the 59-year-old Hitchcock took over a Blues team Monday looking for their first playoff win since 2004. The Blues fired...

Blues' Urgency Prompts Coaching Change

The Blues organization approached the 2011-12 season with an increased sense of urgency. With franchise ownership in limbo, general manager Doug Armstrong sought near-term improvement by adding veterans Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Elliott, Scott Nichol and Kent Huskins. He sought to push team back into the playoffs and ultimately deeper into postseason.That urgency fueled...

Struggling Halak gains start as Blues face Blackhawks

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be in net for Tuesday's home game against the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks. Halak has struggled to a 1-6-0 mark this season with a 3.35 goals-against average. Conversely, backup Brian Elliott has flourished with a 5-1-0 record and a slim 1.72 goals-against average. "I'm happy I'm getting the start (Tuesday...

Bolland hurting as Hawks tweak lineups again

Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland is questionable for Thursday's game, which might lead to more lineup changes.

Blackhawks' Keith (hand) returns to face Blues

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will return to the lineup Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues after missing three games with a hand injury.

Blues shut out Hawks in Hitchcock's debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ken Hitchcock's debut as St. Louis Blues coach was a huge success -- even if he had quibbles with his first game behind the bench in nearly two years. "I think far and away the weakest player was me," the 59-year-old Hitchcock said after the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday night. "I'm going to have to get a little bit further...

And Then There's This Kind Of Change

Linked to our post about the Hawks lineup changes, maybe we should be grateful that we don't have to worry about the Hawks making changes like the St. Louis Blues do.Whereas the Hawks are merely trying to jumpstart an ever-so-slightly stumbling good team, the Blues are trying to overhaul everything to get any type of result. It's clearly the worse position to be in. On Sunday...
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