Allison and Allen join Anderson in Chicago

According to a Chris Kuc, John Anderson will be joined by former Peoria Rivermen head coach Dave Allison and former Rivermen assistant Scott Allen behind the Wolves bench.

Allison, who spent one season as the Rivermen bench boss before the team lost its affiliation with the Blues, will be back with the prospect group that he coached last season. With a knowledge of the players he’s about to be coaching, Allison will be a huge asset for Anderson, who hasn’t coached in the AHL since his Calder Cup winning season in 2007-08.

Allen, an assistant to Allison last season, will also join his former boss in Chicago. As a group, Allen helped Allison coach the Rivermen to a 33-35-0-8 record last season. A disappointing season for the Rivermen, the Blues franchise looks to turn around their minor league product with Anderson behind the bench.

The terms of the deals were not reported by Kuc, but this story will be updated if/when that information becomes available.

St. Louis signs AHL vet Keith Aucoin

Journeyman Keith Aucoin might be getting a shot in Missouri.

Aucoin, a veteran of the AHL with over 700 games player, spent last season splitting time between the Toronto Marlies and the NHL’s New York Islanders, and his performance on Long Island landed him a deal with the Blues.

The deal, which is one-way and will pay Aucoin $625,000, signals that Aucoin is going to get his first full shot at making it in the bigs.

Though his AHL tenure, Aucoin has been well over a point per game player, with 814 (233-581) points in 707 games. An alternate captain in Hershey from 2008-2012, Aucoin has always been a reliable offensive player and very rarely a liability in his own end.

It may not signal the end of Aucoin’s AHL career, but this is the next step that AHL fans have been waiting for the 34-year-old to make.