Losing in the playoffs can come with consequences. Gary Agnew, an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues for two years, found out all about that.
The Blues were defeated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The club gave head coach Ken Hitchcock a one-year contract extension, but parted ways from Agnew and goalie coach Corey Hirsch. The decision to let Agnew walk was one that Hitchcock, it appears, could not offer influence on.
“There was no sign of extensions for anybody,” Agnew told Syracuse.com. “Nothing was happening. Something was amiss. When we lost to the first round to Chicago, it fueled the fire.
“Hitch and I are thick as thieves. He couldn’t do anything about it.”
But where one door closes, another is surely to open in the National Hockey League for Agnew, who spent six previous seasons as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.