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Blues fire Murray, promote Payne

Updated: January 3, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The worst home record in the NHL led to the end of Andy Murray's tenure as St. Louis Blues coach.

The franchise replaced the 58-year-old Murray on Saturday, hoping a younger man can better motivate a youthful roster that's underachieved. Davis Payne, coach of the Blues' AHL affiliate in Peoria, was appointed interim head coach and coached St. Louis in its 6-3 home loss to Chicago on Saturday night.

"We feel going forward that we really need to get our young people ...

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