LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Head coach Davis Payne of the St. Louis Blues handles bench duties against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By Bruce Bennett
ST. LOUIS (HockeyStL) -- The House of Payne will now reside with the Los Angeles Kings as former Blues head coach David Payne will become an assistant with the defending champs, according to 590 The Fan’s Andy Strickland.
Payne took over as Blues head coach during the 2009-2010 season, but was fired 13 games into last season when the talented team was underperforming. The team then hired veteran coach Ken Hitchcock who led the team to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Kings.
During three seasons with the Blues, Payne was 67-35-15 in 137 games coached.