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Blues remove interim tag for Payne

Updated: April 14, 2010, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Davis Payne is now the head coach of the St. Louis Blues.

Payne had been the Blues' interim coach since Jan. 2, when he replaced Andy Murray. The team announced his hiring Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Payne becomes the NHL's youngest coach. He led the Blues to a 23-15-4 record after taking over for Murray, including a 12-5-2 home record after the team had the league's worst home mark for much of 2009-10 season.

Blues president John Davidson said that there was no reason ...

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