Larry Pleau has been the general manager of the St. Louis Blues since 1997. That’s a long time to be the GM for one franchise in any sport. He even survived a change in ownership. And he’ll be sticking around a little while longer–yesterday, the Blues announced that Pleau had received a two-year contract extension.
Of course, at the same time, the Blues announced that they had already hired Pleau’s replacement, former Stars GM Doug Armstrong. Now that’s some succession planning!
Armstrong’s official title for the time being will be Vice President in Charge of Gradually Replacing the Family Photos in Larry’s Office With My Own. According to Blues President John Davidson, Armstrong’s other duties will include slowly moving into the Pleau household, room by room, and encouraging Pleau’s kids to call him “Uncle Doug.”
Leaving aside whether Armstrong was a good hire or not (he was, after all, replaced in Dallas by Brett Hull), the Blues’ ability to see into plan for the future raises other exciting possibilities. Although nothing official has been announced, MYFO has learned of the following additional planned Blues moves for the 2010-11 NHL season:
- Re-signing Doug Weight for one last go-around.
- Drafting a Russian goalie, currently age 17, who they think “will be really tall once he gets his full growth.”
- Replacing Bud and Bud Light at the concession stands with Beck’s and Stella.
- Not making the playoffs.
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