The St. Louis Blues re-signed head coach Ken Hitchcock on a one-year deal that will ensure he remains behind the bench for the 2015-16 NHL season. Hitchcock led the Blues to a Central Division championship this season with the second-best record in the Western Conference.
Hitchcock joined the Blues early in the 2011-12 season and has led them to four consecutive playoff appearances, winning their division twice. During his St. Louis tenure, the Blues have the best regular season record of any team in the league (175-79-27). In fact, Hitchcock has led the Blues to three of the top four records in franchise history.
However, the postseason has not been so kind.
Three of the team’s four playoff runs ended in the first round, falling to the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild respectively the past three years, all in six games. In Hitchcock’s first playoff campaign with the Blues, they defeated the San Jose Sharks in five games only to be swept in Round 2 by the Kings.
While there were reports that the team was interested in bringing in former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, ultimately they decided to go back to Hitchcock after Babcock signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.