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Blues have no timeline for hiring coach after Yeo’s exit

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21 Nov 2018, 00:34 IST


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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Blues can be casting a large web of their training seek.

General supervisor Doug Armstrong fired Mike Yeo after Monday’s 2-Zero loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Craig Berube is the meantime coach whilst Armstrong assembles an inventory of applicants for the everlasting task.

“There’s going to be experienced head coaches on that list,” he mentioned at a information convention Tuesday. “There’s going to be European head coaches on that list. College head coaches on that list. Junior head coaches. We’re not going to minimize or limit the scope that we’re going to look at.”

Armstrong additionally didn’t rule out former St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville, who was once fired not too long ago through Chicago. He added that is not going an enduring coach can be employed this season.

“It’s possible. I’m not sure it’s probable,” Armstrong mentioned. “It’s not something that we’re going to give updates on. This hockey team’s job is to win games and it’s my job to support this team.”

To that finish, Hall of Famer Larry Robinson will lend a hand Berube for 3 weeks to a month on account of the green assistants. The 67-year-old Robinson gained a Stanley Cup whilst training the New Jersey Devils.

“I think having Larry come in to give Craig someone to talk to who’s been there, done that is good for him,” Armstrong mentioned.

Armstrong fired Yeo about two hours after the workforce’s 3rd shutout loss in 4 video games. It was once their fourth loss in 5 video games. The scoreless streak is greater than seven classes.

At 7-Nine-Three, the Blues are closing within the Central Division. Their 17 issues rank subsequent to closing within the NHL, forward of simplest Los Angeles.

“The talk I had with him last night was that we had to make a change,” Armstrong mentioned. “I plan to get back to Mike later and thank him and reassure him that he’s paying for the sins of myself and the entire organization. It’s very unfortunate.”

The Blues fell one level wanting making the playoffs closing season and entered this season with hopes of a deep playoff run. They received middle Ryan O’Reilly in a industry from Buffalo. Armstrong additionally signed forwards Tyler Bozak, Patrick Maroon and David Perron.

“Ultimately, it comes back to our record,” Armstrong mentioned. “When he came in, he was able to jell the team and we went on a nice run. We won a playoff round. We had a good feeling about ourselves. That carried over to the next 25 games of the season. Then we hit a rut in December and quite honestly we haven’t gotten out of it.”

Berube, a 52-year-old former participant, joined the Blues in June 2017. He coached the workforce’s then-AHL associate — the Chicago Wolves — to a 44-19-13 document and a department identify all over the 2016-17 season.

Berube is a midseason substitute for the second one time, having succeeded Peter Laviolette with the Flyers 3 video games into the 2013-14 season. In two seasons there, he had a 75-58-28 regular-season document. The Flyers made the playoffs all over the 2013-14 season however misplaced within the first spherical.

“Mike’s a good friend of mine,” Berube mentioned. “I loved working with him and coaching with him. We’ve got to move forward and get better. That’s the plan. We’ve definitely got to instill some confidence back in this hockey team. It’s a good hockey team. We’ve got good players.”

While providing no particular plans, Berube has some concepts on find out how to get the workforce taking part in higher.

“I don’t think it’s anything massive. I think it’s tweaks here and there,” Berube mentioned. “We’re going to demand … and that starts in practice. I’m demanding but I’m fair.”

Yeo joined the Blues after 5 seasons with Minnesota. The Wild made the playoffs in 3 of Yeo’s 4 complete seasons. He was once fired 55 video games into 2015-16.

He was once to have changed Ken Hitchcock following the 2016-17 season, however Armstrong fired Hitchcock. On Tuesday, Hitchcock was once appointed coach the Edmonton Oilers after the firing of Todd McLellan, the fourth NHL training dismissal this season.

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