Blues hire two-time all-star Marc Savard as assistant coach

Marc Savard's departure from the Flames and eventual success with the Bruins was a tough pill to swallow. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Craig Berube has added a former teammate to his coaching staff in St. Louis.

Marc Savard, who played 13 seasons in the NHL including two with Berube in Calgary, has been hired by the Blues as a new assistant coach.

“I was fortunate to play with Marc during my career and I’m very familiar with his passion and acumen for the game,” Berube said in a team statement. “He was a tremendous player and possesses an elite offensive mind. His addition to our staff will be a great benefit to our players and the organization.”

Savard collected 706 points across 807 regular-season games with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins. A two-time all-star, Savard also helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

“I’m a hands-on guy, I want to be around the players and around the team and help out,” Savard said, according to the team. “I really appreciate this opportunity that (GM) Doug Armstrong is giving me and I want to prove him right that I can help the team.”

Berube was named Blues interim head coach on Nov. 19 and led the team to it’s first Stanley Cup. After the playoffs, the Blues removed the interim tag from his title and rewarded Berube with a three-year contract.

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