By Patrick Kelly
One of the main core pieces of the Blues front office for quite a while, current assistant general manager Bill Armstrong has a verbal commitment to take over as the GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes job became vacant in late July when then-GM John Chayka was fired right before the round robins started in which his team was playing. Armstrong was a strong candidate for the Florida Panthers job that was filled about a week ago.
Armstrong is the shining example in any industry that hard work and dedication gets you places. The Blues brought him on board as a scout in 2004 and he climbed the ranks from there. In 2011 he took over the position of director of amateur scouting when Jarmo Kekalainen departed. From there, he was at the forefront of amateur scouting, having a big part in all the drafts once taking over. Every Blues player drafted after 2011 that was on the Cup team, has Bill Armstrong to thank for it. Armstrong’s ability as director of amateur scouting paid off even more in 2018, when he was promoted to assistant general manager behind Doug Armstrong.
Bill Armstrong has been an integral part of the organization for a long time and he has learned from some of the best minds in hockey. He will no doubt find success in Arizona, and although it is a loss, the Blues will have to try and fill a now-vacant assistant GM spot. When it’s your time to move up, it’s your time and Bill Armstrong has found a great role. Of course, there is one small problem. With Seattle coming in next year, the divisions are probably going to be realigned and it is believed that the Coyotes will move to the Central so if Bill does a good enough job he could be a thorn in the Blues side very soon. If you want to hear more about the position being filled you can listen to the segment Wednesday from The Can Janssen Show when Andy Strickland broke the news live on air.