The St. Louis Blues likely considered their 2015-16 season a “make or break” year for head coach Ken Hitchcock, who hadn’t brought the team deep enough in the postseason in recent years to warrant clear job security.
Now, though – after a tough, seven game Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks – it seems the team is willing to bring him back for more.
Per Nick Kypreos, Hitchcock has reportedly come to terms on a new deal to coach the Blues for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The deal, which Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman suggests is a one year deal once again, should be announced as early as this upcoming week.
While under Hitchcock, the Blues have never finished lower than second in their division during the regular season. After struggling to get past the Chicago Blackhawks in the postseason, though, the team seemed hesitant to bring the 64-year-old coach back for another season after the 2015 playoffs.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Hitchcock has been coaching in the NHL for 20 years now, starting when he was named head coach of the Dallas Stars in 1996. He currently sits on 757 career NHL wins, and counting.
The Blues have yet to confirm their deal with Hitchcock officially.