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Blues hire ex-Wild coach Yeo as eventual Hitchcock successor

The St. Louis Blues have hired Mike Yeo as the successor-in-waiting for head coach Ken Hitchcock, who has declared that next season will be his last behind the bench before retiring.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday that Yeo will be an associate coach for one year under Hitchcock and take over the team for the 2017-18 season. The 64-year-old Hitchcock, who led the Blues to the Western Conference finals this season, will enter his sixth year with St. Louis and his 20th as an NHL head coach.

"I feel really confident that the team and the franchise is going to be in great shape with Mike at the helm," Hitchcock said.

Yeo was fired Feb. 13...