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Blues fire head coach Davis Payne

Updated: November 6, 2011, 11:46 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have changed coaches after a disappointing 6-7 start, firing Davis Payne and hiring Ken Hitchcock to a contract through next season.

The 40-year-old Payne was the second-youngest coach in the NHL but got only one full season with St. Louis after being hired in January 2010.

"It's obviously disappointing -- for any competitor or any coach it should be," Payne told ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance "That's the bottom line."

The 59-year-old Hitchcock ...

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