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Kings Promote John Stevens To Associate Head Coach

The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to Associate Head Coach, and re-signed both Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford to new contracts, Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The Kings, who set an NHL record by winning three Game 7s on the road, and tied an NHL record by playing 26 postseason...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings make Stevens associate head coach; resign Payne, Ranford

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to associate head coach and re-signed assistant coach Davis Payne and goaltending coach Bill Ranford. The Stanley Cup champions announced the moves to keep coach Darryl Sutter's staff intact Wednesday. Stevens is a former head coach in Philadelphia, compiling a 120-109-34 record. He briefly served as the Kings'...
Via Fox Sports West
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

John Stevens Promoted To Associate Head Coach In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to Associate Head Coach, and re-signed both Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford to new contracts, Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The Kings, who set an NHL record by winning three Game 7s on the road, and tied an NHL record...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock signs one-year extension to remain Blues coach

Ken Hitchcock will be back for another season behind the St. Louis Blues bench but two of his assistants won't. On Wednesday the Blues announced that Hitchcock as agreed to a one-year contract extension with the club. His contract in St. Louis was up after this summer after joining the Blues in place of Payne Davis early in the 2011-12. Since Hitchcock took over the Blues they...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the St. Louis Blues preparing to make a trade?

The 2013 season started extremely well for the St. Louis Blues. As we flipped the page on the calendar from January to February, the Blues held one of the NHL's best records of 6-1-0. Since then, there's been very few positives as the Blues rattled off five straight losses, several of which were of the blowout variety. If you've watched the team's past few games...
Via Bloguin Best
February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Are the St. Louis Blues preparing to make a trade?

The 2013 season started extremely well for the St. Louis Blues. As we flipped the page on the calendar from January to February, the Blues held one of the NHL's best records of 6-1-0. Since then, there's been very few positives as the Blues rattled off five straight losses, several of which were of the blowout variety.  If you've watched the team's past few games...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

All The Kings Men - Bring the Payne

I'm glad that Justin Williams has finally found someone that appreciates him for more than just his good looks. Seriously... have you seen a photo of a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization with the Stanley Cup that is cooler than this one with Justin Williams? Close. Nailed it. I thought I would be blogging, screen-grabbing and photoshopping my way through the...
Via The Royal Half
August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Kings hire former Blues coach Payne as assistant

The Los Angeles Kings have hired former St. Louis head coach Davis Payne as an assistant to coach Darryl Sutter. The Stanley Cup champions announced the move Friday. St. Louis fired Payne on Nov. 6 after nearly two years behind the bench. Ken Hitchcock took over and led the Blues to the second round of the playoffs, where Los Angeles swept them. Payne will replace Jamie Kompon...
Via AP on Fox
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Davis Payne joins Kings coaching staff

LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings have hired Davis Payne as an assistant coach and have signed him to a multi-year contract, Kings PresidentGeneral Manager Dean Lombardi and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today. Davis was clearly the guy at the top of our list, said Sutter. We wanted somebody with NHL head coaching experience, and preferably a younger guy who communicates well...
Via Fox Sports West
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings Hire Davis Payne As Assistant Coach

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have hired Davis Payne as an assistant coach and have signed him to a multi-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today. “Davis was clearly the guy at the top of our list,” said Sutter.  “We wanted somebody with NHL head coaching experience, and preferably a younger guy who...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Blues, Hitchcock agree to extension

The St. Louis Blues and coach Ken Hitchcock, who led the team to 109 points in a resurgence last season, have agreed to a one-year contract extension with a mutual option for 2014-15. Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award after producing the franchise's first 100-point season since 2001 and its first playoff series win since 2002. The Blues were 7-1-2 in the first 10 games under...
Via AP on Fox
June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Blues, Hitchcock agree to contract extension

The St. Louis Blues and coach Ken Hitchcock, who led the team to 109 points in a resurgence last season, have agreed to a one-year contract extension with a mutual option for 2014-15. Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award after producing the franchise's first 100-point season since 2001 and its first playoff series win since 2002. The Blues were 7-1-2 in the first 10 games under...
Via AP on Fox
June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock wins Jack Adams Award

St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award on Wednesday night. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When the St. Louis Blues decided to fire former head coach Davis Payne and bring in Ken Hitchcock after just 13 games last year, their season immediately changed for the better.  The NHL recognized the improvement and Hitchcock's excellent season behind the bench...
Via STLSportsMinute
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Blues' Hitchcock wins Adams as NHL's top coach

St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock has won his first Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach after his midseason turnaround of the Blues. Hitchcock beat out Ottawa's Paul MacLean and the New York Rangers' John Tortorella for the award. Hitchcock went 43-15-11 while dramatically changing the Blues' fortunes after replacing the fired Davis Payne in November. The Blues...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Belief in Hitchcock paying off for the Blues

ST. LOUIS The press release hit media inboxes at 7:51 p.m. on a Sunday evening in early November. It was Nov. 6, to be exact, when the St. Louis Blues made a decision that changed the course of their season. Off to a 6-7 start amid expectations of great improvement following another missed postseason the previous year, the Blues fired coach Davis Payne and replaced him with veteran...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Belief in Hitchcock paying off for the Blues

ST. LOUIS The press release hit media inboxes at 7:51 p.m. on a Sunday evening in early November. It was Nov. 6, to be exact, when the St. Louis Blues made a decision that changed the course of their season. Off to a 6-7 start amid expectations of great improvement following another missed postseason the previous year, the Blues fired coach Davis Payne and replaced him with veteran...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

How will Blues handle playoff pressure?

Ken Hitchcock’s team has been in cruise control for the better part of March. The St. Louis Blues were the first team to 100 points, as well as the first team to clinch a playoff berth. They have been a great story all year, going from lottery pick to likely division winner and possible top seed. But how will they handle the suddenness of being the team to beat in a treacherous...
Via Red Light District Hockey
March 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Many in Jack Adams contention

Well over halfway through the NHL season, there are numerous coaches that deserve consideration for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the best coach of the year. Who are some of the top candidates to take home the award this season?Ken Hitchcock, BluesSince replacing Davis Payne in early November, Ken Hitchcock has turned the Blues’ season around. The record has been night...
Via Red Light District Hockey
February 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Best Defensive Team

The team with the best goals against in the NHL right now is the St Louis Blues.  They have a low 1.92 goals against average.  This is quite amazing from a team that fired its coach in early November.  It wasn’t that Davis Payne was horribly failing as much as Ken Hitchcock is a top coach who brought in a strong defensive system.  Hitchcock has been a strong reason why the...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Should Ken Hitchcock win the Jack Adams Award?

  The St. Louis Blues have ascended to the top of both the Western Conference and NHL rankings, a feat more remarkable considering their struggles at the beginning of the season and during the prior two disappointing seasons.  While the Blues possess a solid mix of gritty veterans and young players, their success has directly been related to a sole personnel move: the hiring of...
Via The Sports Bank
January 22, 2012  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: A Team to Watch

After the St. Louis Blues stumbled out of the gate, many hockey fans and media alike thought that this was going to be another one of those playoff-less season for the hockey club. Well, a little more than halfway through the 2011-12 NHL campaign, it appears that those fortunes have changed. The Blues are currently fifth in the Western Conference with a 25-12-6 record and 56 points...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Wild ready to take on revitalized Blues squad

SATURDAY'S STORY LINE: When the Wild and Blues first met on Nov. 5, the Blues were a team in the midst of tumultuous times. They were off to a slow start and the loss to the Wild was the last straw forSt. Louis'management. The day after the loss head coach Davis Payne was fired and Ken Hitchcock took over. When Payne was fired the Blues sat in 13th place in the Western...
Via Fox Sports North
January 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Wild ready to take on revitalized Blues squad

SATURDAY'S STORY LINE: When the Wild and Blues first met on Nov. 5, the Blues were a team in the midst of tumultuous times. They were off to a slow start and the loss to the Wild was the last straw forSt. Louis'management. The day after the loss head coach Davis Payne was fired and Ken Hitchcock took over. When Payne was fired the Blues sat in 13th place in the Western...
Via Fox Sports North
January 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Coyotes continue tough road stretch vs. Blues

The St. Louis Blues did not end 2011 on a positive note, but seeing plenty of home ice could help the club get off to a quick start to 2012. The Phoenix Coyotes are looking to get back into playoff contention as a road-heavy portion of their schedule continues. St. Louis looks to snap a season-high three-game losing streak and extend its home point streak to eight when it faces...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Poll: Who Has Been Blues MVP?

After Ken Hitchcock was hired to replace former head coach Davis Payne after just 13 games this season, nobody could have expected the huge amount of success fans have seen from the Blues since.  Despite a recent two game mini-slump, the Blues sit in sixth place in the NHL's Western Conference with 47 points after 37 games played.  During the last eight weeks, the Blues have...
Via STLSportsMinute
December 31, 2011  |  Discuss
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