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Ken Hitchcock re-signs with Blues for final season

The St. Louis Blues have signed coach Ken Hitchcock to another one-year deal. The 64-year-old Hitchcock says it will be his final season.

Coach will be entering 6th season with St. Louis, 20th as bench boss

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has signed a one-year contract extension. Having been eliminated from this year's playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, in the Western Conference final, Hitchcock, 64, wants to return for one final season. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

The St. Louis Blues have signed coach Ken Hitchcock to another one-year deal. The 64-year-old Hitchcock says it will be his final season.

The Blues are coming off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 2001, ending a string of three consecutive first-round playoff exits.

Hitchcock will be entering his sixth season with the Blues and 20th season as a head coach. During that time he's guided the franchise to four of its top five regular season point totals.

Last season the Blues had 107 points, then eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Central Division champion Dallas Stars in the playoffs. They lost to San Jose in six games in the conference finals.

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