After a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings and a third shutout in four games, it was reported that the head coach of the St. Louis Blues, Mike Yeo was relieved of his coaching duties. St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement and few are surprised by the turn of events for a team that has struggled mightily all season.
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Yeo was well aware his job was on thin ice. He’s said in a previous interview, “Heck, my job should be in question right now. That comes with the trade.” He also said he was going to do what he could to get the players to rebound and compete for a Stanley Cup.
Unfortunately, he was unable to see his vision through and Craig Berube was named as interim head coach after the announcement of Yeo’s departure. Whether he stays the coach beyond this season or the Blues look towards a familiar face in Joel Quenneville is unknown at this time.
Tuesday, the Blues will hold an official press conference and introduce Berube as the new bench boss for a team that should be much better than they have been in this relatively short NHL season. The 52-year-old coach will try and change the fortunes of a team that added players like Ryan O’Reilly, Patrick Maroon, Tyler Bozak and David Perron in the offseason. When you add those names to the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, and Robbi Fabri, the Blues should be much better than their 7-9-3 record suggests.
Can the Blues turn things around? Perhaps. After so many changes to the roster this season, it made sense to try a different voice. But, St. Louis is now second last in the NHL standings and have a big hole to climb out of if they hope to make the playoffs.
As one person said on Twitter, “lose to the Kings, collect your things.” I guess that’s true in Mike Yeo’s case. Unfortunately, one loss wasn’t what ultimately cost him his job.