The National Hockey League has seen the first head coach receive the axe in this brand new decade.
Earlier this morning, the St. Louis Blues announced that they have fired head coach Andy Murray and replaced him with Davis Payne on an interim basis. Payne was in his first season as head coach of the Blues' primary minor league affilite, the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.
The Blues own the worst home record in the NHL with a 6-15 mark through 21 games played at Scottrade Center this season, including three non-regulation losses. They are in 12th place in the Western Conference and nine points out of the final playoff spot. St. Louis blew a 3-0 third period lead in their last game on Thursday night before falling 4-3 to the visiting Vancouver Canucks in overtime. It was their fourth consecutive loss.
Payne will make his Blues head coaching debut tonight as his team hosts the Chicago Blackhawks.
St. Louis Blues official news release (January 2):
Davis Payne named interim head coach