Yesterday the St Louis Blues fired coach Davis Payne and hired coach Ken Hitchcock who had been working as an advisor in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. Payne had been the St Louis coach since he was promoted to the position in January of 2010. During that time he posted a 67-70 record with 15 regulation tie points. He has not led his team to a playoff appearance. So far this season he has posted a 6-7 record. Though this has St Louis in 14th in the West Conference, they are only three points out of a playoff berth and are hardly out of the race. Davis Payne’s St Louis Blues are not struggling so badly that they demand a coaching change. The problem is that Payne is not a top NHL coach. He is a rather non-descript unaccomplished NHL coach.
Ken Hitchcock was available and he is a top NHL coach. Hitchcock has over 1000 NHL games coached and has led his team to a divisional win six times and won the 1999 Stanley Cup.
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