Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 11/18/11

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 14: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild waits for a faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks during the game at the Honda Center on October 14, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
A few weeks ago, Ken Hitchcock's job was as a consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets and as the occasional call in guest to NHL-themed radio show.  Two weeks ago, the Blue Jackets, still mired as the league's worst team was about to start a little mid-season break and the rumor mill was heating up that Hitchcock could be returned as the Blue Jackets' bench boss as Scott Arniel's days were up.  Hitchcock tried to dissuade those rumors by saying that "ship has already sailed and I doubt they'll want it to come back."  A somewhat surprising turn of events in St. Louis, right after a Wild victory over the Blues where they dropped the axe on then Head Coach Davis Payne a day after the loss.  It shocked many because the Blues were just 6-7 which is not a great record but not as bad as some of the other teams in the league.  Hitchcock was installed as the new Blues Head Coach, and so far he's had the team singing a different tune (yes, I know, bad joke) as they've gone 4-0-1.  Meanwhile ...
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