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‘Something was amiss,’ says former Blues assistant coach Agnew

May 10, 2014, 2:05 AM EDT


Losing in the playoffs can come with consequences. Gary Agnew, an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues for two years, found out all about that.

The Blues were defeated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The club gave head coach Ken Hitchcock a one-year contract extension, but parted ways from Agnew and goalie coach Corey Hirsch. The decision to let Agnew walk was one that Hitchcock, it appears, could not offer influence on.

“There was no sign of extensions for anybody,” Agnew told “Nothing was happening. Something was amiss. When we lost to the first round to Chicago, it fueled the fire.

“Hitch and I are thick as thieves. He couldn’t do anything about it.”

But where one door closes, another is surely to open in the National Hockey League for Agnew, who spent six previous seasons as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  1. paulerhythm - May 10, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Yeah, that something was amiss is not advancing in the 1st round of play offs. The consequence is losing your job, just saying!

  2. btm99 - May 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    What was amiss was the power play. The power play that Agnew was in charge of.

  3. blackhawks2010 - May 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    What was amiss was being outplayed, outworked and outcoached by Chicago….

    • paperlions - May 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Mostly, they got “out goaltended”.

      • cardsandbluesforever - May 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Crawford is not the Hasek incarnate, but the Blues made him look like it with a very stagnant uncreative power play, taking 90% of their shots with most of them being blocked from the point, missing WIDE open nets, slow with no sense of urgency on the rush and looking completely clueless on odd man breaks.

        Yeah it was Crawford that made the difference…

      • paperlions - May 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        It isn’t that Crawford was particularly good, it is that Miller was pretty bad. The Hawks offense wasn’t any better or more creative than the Blues during that series. Miller let is many more soft goals than Crawford did.

  4. darnellgerm - May 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    The Blue owned the 2nd period of game 6 and did not score 1 goal. You can’t totally blame the goaltending.

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