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Craig Berube has been named interim head coach.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In what may be the longest-overdue firing of a coach in the NHL this season. the Blues have relieved coach Mike Yeo of his duties. Craig Berube will be taking over coaching duties for now. Yeo finishes his tenure with the Blues with a 73-49-11 record. But as coach Joel Quenneville can tell you, teams don’t judge you by what you have done, but by what you’re doing currently - and Coach Q was fired after winning three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks and with a much less talented roster than Yeo has now.

Yeo and the Blues were 7-9-3 so far this season, and they had been shut out three times in four games before the axe dropped on the coach. The final nail in the coffin was last night’s lackluster 2-0 loss to the worst team in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings - though the team had been dropping post-game quotes like someone who has been waiting on their last meal for a while now. Yeo’s post-game press conference last night was defensive and tired.

I’m sure he didn’t get a good night’s sleep after being fired, but Blues fans did.

Craig Berube has head coaching experience - he coached the Flyers from 2013-2015, leading them to a 75-58-28 record.

Doug Armstrong will hold a press conference at 10:00 AM that fans can view on the Blues’ website. Hopefully he will explain why it took nearly 20 games to relieve Yeo of his coaching duties when the writing was on the wall after two weeks.