ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Saturday that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach. Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties.
“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson. “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.
“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around. He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”
I stuck with Andy until the end, but a change in the organization was needed and with any trade talks not resulting in anything around the league the best thing for the team would be to fire murray. well lets see what changes we see on the ice, maybe more playing time for bergs?
I think that Payne coming in is a great idea. He has coached youth and veterans in the minor leagues. I'm hopeful that this will help Eller and some others find their way to the NHL a little quicker. Maybe see some lines develop some chemestry by staying together.
This change needed to be made. I don't fault the front office for being patient with him because I figured they had come to the same conclusion as many of us had and it wasn't only a matter of time. I'm glad we can move on from all the overdramatic bs that has taken place the first half of this season finally.
No more scapegoat. No more excuses. It's time for this group to show some freaking guts!
Congrats to Payne, too. I thought he deserved a sniff a while ago, didn't think it would be under these circumstances, though. Maybe these players will actually put together 60 minute efforts at home and get the "interim" removed from Davis' job title.
All the best of luck to Payne. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, our roster isn't the strongest in the NHL, but I'm just looking for a system (which will take time), our youth to be adequately played, and our veterans to support the development of our team. That's it. I'm excited to watch Blues hockey again!
I think at this point it's clear Murray's saving grace was that we didn't have an NHL experienced replacement for him, but he wasn't going to loosen the reigns long enough to see what the team could do, and he couldn't make players rewrite the way they play the game to suit his one and only style. (which is an absurd demand of 2nd year players and veterans nearing retirement anyway)
I have a feeling that when we star playing our division rivals more over the next few months there will be some major mental victories if we can beat them at home and it might jump start this team into the heart and soul guys who never quit, all over again.
I'm not a Blues fan and I don't know much about Murray, but from what I understand, he sounds like a good assistant coach. A guy who busts his ass with x's and o's and is a detailed guy..etc. He'd make a good assistant under a guy like Quinn. Who's just all speeches and spazzing.
As a Kings fan, I haven't closely followed your AM troubles. A quick scan of the last few pages of the "Fire Murray Countdown" thread sadly seemed all too familiar. You could have changed a few of the player's names and the dates to 2005/6 season, then reposted them on the Kings board - same story.
I knew the end was near a couple of days ago when I saw that Derek Armstrong was being called up from the AHL. Armstrong is the prototypical AM player - hard working with very little skill or creativity, but willing to follow the coach's system to the letter.
Andy Murray is one the nicest, most approachable sports figures you will ever meet. Unfortunately his coaching style doesn't seem to fit in the NHL. IMO, he would be much more effective as a college coach. I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.