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NHL notes: Hitchcock gets extension

Head coach Ken Hitchcock, of the St. Louis Blues, has been signed to a contract extension through...

Head coach Ken Hitchcock, of the St. Louis Blues, has been signed to a contract extension through the 2013-14 season. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

The NHL's coach of the year got himself a contract extension Wednesday.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, who won the Jack Adams Trophy last week after guiding the Blues to the Central Division championship, agreed to a one-year extension that will seemingly keep him around through the 2013-14 season. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2014-15 season.

"This is it for me. This is my last stop," Hitchcock told NHL.com. "I want this to be a successful franchise for the next 10-15 years, and I want to be part of it, even if I'm not coaching."

Hitchcock went 43-15-11 after taking over for Davis Payne in November.

The Blues had 109 points, second-most in franchise history, and were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs. They beat the San Jose Sharks in the first round then bowed out to the Los Angeles Kings.

"I feel like we are putting together a quality program here," Hitchcock said in a statement. "We had a good year finishing where we did in the standings but this club is not satisfied with our ending and firmly believes we have great things to come."

FEHR PICKS TEAM

After 18 months of getting to know his team, Donald Fehr has introduced his starting lineup for collective bargaining talks.

Keeping a low profile until now, the executive director of the National Hockey League's Players Association held a half hour media briefing in Chicago on Wednesday, ahead of Friday's first round of CBA discussions in New York. The names of 31 players on the bargaining committee were unveiled, from Adrian Aucoin to Henrik Zetterberg, who will have varying roles as meetings unfold this summer.

And though the fur will fly at some point, Fehr spoke well of commissioner Gary Bettman and the chances of avoiding disruption after the current agreement expires Sept. 15.

"One thing you seek (at the start) is common understanding of the facts," said Fehr, who will be looking to define just what are the "record revenues" the league likes to boast about on its business ledger. "You can't block (the revenue issue) out. Since 2004, if revenues were flat we're likely having different discussions today."

But Fehr wouldn't get specific on how much, if any, of the 57% of revenues the players now claim would be on the table. And he refused to promise that the players would stay on the job after Sept. 15 if talks were ongoing, saying his comment earlier this week on not leaving was simply a suggestion.

BRIEFLY

The New York Islanders named Brent Thompson as an assistant coach. Thompson went 41-26-9 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL last season ... Defenceman Brendan Mikkelson signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 25-year-old had one goal and two assists in 41 games with the Lightning last season ... Former New York Islanders assistant coach Dean Chynoweth will take over behind the bench of the Lake Erie Monster of the AHL. Chynoweth replaces David Quinn, who was promoted to assistant coach with the parent Colorado Avalanche.


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