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After successful palace coup, Yeo solidifies power with purge of top lieutenants.

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NHL: St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues announced they are releasing four assistant coaches today:

  • Ray “Teflon” Bennett who has been with the team since 2006.
  • Steve Thomas who joined the team less than a year ago.
  • Rick Wilson who had worked as an assistant for Yeo as part of the Wild’s organization before joining Yeo at Scottrade.
  • Ty Conklin who was a former goalie with the Blues from 2009-2011. He joined the Blues as the team’s goalie development coach in 2013.

It looks like Armstrong is giving Mike Yeo a chance to start with a fresh group of assistants. At least we will see some fresh faces behind the bench next season.

UPDATE

As soon as I posted the article, hockey writers started chiming in on potential replacements

JR also mentions Yeo had worked with both Therrien and Bylsma in the past. All very interesting candidates. I would prefer to see Bylsma by virtue of his Stanley Cup experience with the Penguins. Share your thoughts below.