Found November 08, 2011 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
Bruising power forward Keith Tkachuk was at his best with the Blues while playing with playmaker Pavol Demitra. So when the team held a memorial for Demitra and another former Blue killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team jet crash, Igor Korolev, Tkachuk paid tribute to his linemate and friend. Tkachuk recited Demitra's many attributes on the ice during Tuesday night's pre-game ceremony. “Above all, Pavol was just a good man,” he said. “The laughs, the good times, our success all were made because of the person Pavol Demitra was." Check out this story for more information about the Demitra/Korolev tribute.

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

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Hitchcock ready for job with the Blues

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Blues' Urgency Prompts Coaching Change

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Struggling Halak gains start as Blues face Blackhawks

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Canucks vs. Kings Betting & Handicapping Preview – Nov. 12

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Blues shut out Hawks in Hitchcock's debut

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And Then There's This Kind Of Change

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Fantasy Hockey ONE (11/7)

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