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Report: Hull to become Blues VP

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After 15 years, Brett Hull once again will be part of the St. Louis Blues organization, according to a report.

Hull will be named to a vice president position in the Blues front office, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Although the deal has yet to be finalized, the report said the Blues likely will make the announcement as early as next week.

Hull, who scored a franchise-best 527 goals while spending all or part of 11 seasons playing with Blues, has spent the past seven years working in various roles in the Dallas Stars front office, including two as the team's co-general manager alongside Les Jackson. His most recent title with the Stars was executive vice president and alternate governor.

Hull, who was traded to St. Louis in March 1988 from Calgary, left the Blues as a free agent after the 1997-98 season to sign with the Stars as a free agent. After three years in Dallas, Hull spent three more years in Detroit. When the 2005 NHL lockout ended, Hull signed with Phoenix, but played only five games with the Coyotes before officially retiring on Oct. 15, 2005 at the age of 41.

According to the report, the Blues changed general manager Doug Armstrong's title to president of hockey operations and chief operating officer Bruce Affleck has become president of business operations, which would pave the way for Hull to take a vice president position.

Hull, 49, had his No. 16 retired by the Blues in 2006 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. Hull's 741 career NHL goals rank third, behind only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).