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Blues Hire Recently-Fired Carolina Coach

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Coach Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes watches his team during a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on March 16, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Coach Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes watches his team during a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on March 16, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A former NHL player and head coach is the newest addition to Ken Hitchcock’s coaching staff with the St. Louis Blues.

“We are excited to add Kirk Muller to our staff,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. “He was a Stanley Cup-winning player, and as a coach, has shown excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to both young and veteran players.”

The 48-year-old Muller joins the club from the Carolina Hurricanes, where he spent parts of the past three seasons as head coach, accumulating an 80-80-27 overall record.

Internationally, Muller has served as an assistant coach for Team Canada on three occasions, including most recently, the 2012 IIHF World Championships.

During his playing career, the Kingston, Ontario native spent 19 seasons (1984-2003) in the NHL, appearing in 1,349 regular season games, including stints with New Jersey, Montreal, New York (Islanders), Toronto, Florida and Dallas, where he played for Ken Hitchcock for parts of three seasons (1999-2002).

A two-time team captain (New Jersey, 1989-91 – Montreal 1994-95), Muller also dressed in 127 career postseason games, posting 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists), including the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for Montreal in the 1993 Stanley Cup final. A six-time All-Star and five-time 30-goal scorer, Muller finished his NHL career with 959 points (357 goals, 602 assists) and 1,223 penalty minutes, making him one of 27 players in NHL history with at least 900 points and 1,200 penalty minutes.

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