St. Louis Blues Name Mike Yeo Next Head Coach

On Monday, the St. Louis Blues named their next head coach.

Ken Hitchcock is returning to St. Louis for one more season, but that’s it. The Blues named former Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo as an associate coach, and he will take over as the head coach beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Yeo, who will turn 43 on July 31, was fired by Minnesota on Feb. 13 after leading the Wild to a 184-149-44 record (including playoffs) in four-plus seasons. Under Yeo, Minnesota qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs three times and advanced to the second round of the playoffs twice.

St. Louis also announced the hiring of Rick Wilson as an assistant coach and the return of assistant coach Ray Bennett, goalie coach Jim Corsi and video coach Sean Ferrell.

16 thoughts on “St. Louis Blues Name Mike Yeo Next Head Coach

  1. Perfect fit unacheiving coach for an underachieving team. On a side note are they really planning on trading Shattenkirk because that would be really stupid? kinda like this move

  2. I did not see this coming either. Geez.
    First Hitchcock gets only a one year extension. I figured that was because the Blues crapped the bed against San Jose. I put part of the blame on Hitchcock because he idiotically went in essentially proclaiming San Jose to be the defensive juggernaut of all time ……. tells everyone with ears that his players just won’t see hardly any scoring chances against San Jose. Where in the hell did that come from? His team played like they took his words to heart, sat back on their heels, and quit playing the kind of hockey they had in the earlier rounds.
    THEN …. he pretty much blames the series loss on his team being fatigued. Give me a fricking break! They were rested up with guys off of injury and fatigue should not have been an issue. Said their defensive lapses were fatigue induced lapses.
    But now, I don’t get this. I know that a lot of people in the league appear to like Mike Yeo. But how did this succession plan get worked out?
    Very weird.
    As suggested earlier, personnel moves will be interesting for the Blues. Will have to talk to my Blues fans family and friends to hear what they think about this one.

  3. Hitch has said in the past he’s OK with one year deals. This will also be his last deal as he’s retiring after this one. So its not all on the blues only giving him 1 year. I mean he’s gotta be the most unhealthy looking coach right?

  4. How the heck can you announce a coach for 2 years hence down the road? All kinds of things can happen between now and then. Blues organization is FUBAR,

  5. Because it’s only 1 year down the road? But still, its not a move that has to be made unless that’s the only reason Yeo signed on. In which case, I’m not interested. Who knows who becomes available next year.

  6. I could see if Scotty Bowman or Coach Q was sitting out there. Hell Darryl Sutter might actually be available. What knucklehead would rather have Yeo over Sutter.
    173-132 and they are rushing out to grab this guy with a 393 playoff winning percent LOL

  7. Yeo is credited for being a brilliant hockey mind. A lot of coaches stumble in their first gig or two. To include Quenneville. Yeo will learn from Minnesota and will do just fine in St. Louis.

  8. Q didn’t stumble in St Louis. He spent parts of 8 seasons there. Sutter will retire with the Kings. He signed a 2 year extension less than a month ago.

    Kevin Dineen, John Torchetti (look what he did after Yeo left). Bob Hartley. Todd Richards…hell Mike Keenan is available. Id like to see Keenan coach Vegas

  9. Yeo seems like a very nice guy. To say he is a “brilliant hockey mind” is absurd. Of course, Mr. Rufus is the one showering this purported praise upon him. If Mike Yeo is a “brilliant hockey mind”, then Morin is a top flight sniper NHL goal scorer.

    Mr. Rufus, give it a rest please, wait until the Hawks start making some moves, then come out w/ your full guns a blazing to entertain us all.


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