BLUES RELIEVE PAYNE AS HEAD COACH, HIRE HITCH*****
The St. Louis Blues have relieved head coach Davis Payne of his duties and named Ken Hitch***** new head coach. Hitch***** signed a contract through the 2012-13 season, making him the 24th head coach in Blues’ franchise history. The Blues will be Hitch*****’s fourth stint as an NHL coach. He has previously made stops with Dallas, Philadelphia, and Columbus. Through 1,042 games, Hitch***** has compiled a record of 534-350-88-70 for a .588 winning percentage.