First, from Hitchcock:
“This is unfinished business for me. I don’t want to coach to coach. I want to coach to win and I couldn’t find a better spot than to show up right here and coach this hockey club. This is a really good team trying to become a great team. I think I have the tools and the expertise to help them along the way.”
Second, from GM Doug Armstrong:
“Show me a well-liked coach, and I’ll show you a losing coach.”
That Armstrong quote is basically the same thing Blues owner Tom Stillman said recently, when asked about the speculation that some players had been chafing under Hitchcock’s rule.
So, now that the coaching decision has been made, all eyes will be on Armstrong as the draft approaches. The GM all but guaranteed there will be changes to the roster, though as he did last month, he fell short of guaranteeing a blockbuster trade.