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Blues sign coach Ken Hitchcock to one-year pact

Tue, 26 May 2015 19:43:35 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) - Ken Hitchcock will stay as coach of the St. Louis Blues after signing a one-year contract with the team.

The team announced the signing but did not disclose financial terms of the short-term contract.

Blues president and general manager Doug Armstrong is expected to address questions at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The signing was a surprise since the Blues considered moving on without Hitchcock after a first-round loss to the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blues were reportedly interested in coach Mike Babcock, as well, though Babcock ultimately chose to sign a monster eight-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 63-year-old Hitchcock has led the Blues to four straight postseason appearances since joining the club in 2011 but have fallen short of expectations in the playoffs despite being tabbed as a perennial contender.

In 2014-15, the Blues won the Central Division with a 51-24-7 record, the third-best mark in franchise history.

The 63-year-old Hitchcock is the NHL's fourth-winningest coach with a record of 708-429-185. He reached the 700-win milestone on March 12.

Hitchcock has coached in the NHL for 18 seasons with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis, making the postseason 13 times.

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