Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/7/11
Fun fact: I heard about Ken Hitchcock being hired by the St. Louis Blues while watching a between periods debate on Sportsnet about how he'll turn the Columbus Blue Jackets around when he replaces Scott Arniel. Yeah … about that. The speculation that the former Jackets coach would reclaim the bench in Columbus was born out of a report in the Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 30 that claimed team president Mike Priest had contacted him to replace Arniel for the then 1-9-1 Jackets. It made sense: He was under contract as a consultant for another year, so it was all very much Jacques Lemaire-ian: Old coach cracks skulls, turns around terrible team. Plus, the Jackets' season is a gruesome horror show, and who better understands that kind of thing than a Hitchcock. (Insert "Psycho" theme here.) But when asked about a return to Columbus in his introductory press conference, Hitchcock said: "There was zero discussion for me to go back to Columbus." Can you blame him? It's not like Hitchcock wasn't getting
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