NHL veteran Scott Mellanby is dumping the Vancouver Canucks to hook up with one of his former teams, the St. Louis Blues, as a part of their coaching staff.

Mellanby worked as a pro scout for the Canucks and will stay with Vancouver until July 15 before heading south to St. Louis to join the staff of Blues head coach Davis Payne.

The announcement was made by Blues President John Davidson Tuesday morning.

"In my current role with Vancouver I have scouted many Blues games and feel this team, with this talent, is headed in the right direction," said Mellanby.

Mellanby, a journeyman of the NHL, played in 1,431 games from 1985-2007 including 235 games with the St. Louis Blues.

He also spent time with Philadelphia, Edmonton, Florida and Atlanta.

"St. Louis is my home and my family and I are thrilled to be back in the Blues organization," Mellanby added.

Mellanby will shift his Stanley Cup dreams back to a St. Louis team that is rebuilding towards a Cup run. Mellanby retired as a player in 2007 having played the third most NHL games without winning a championship.

He came close one in 1987 with the Philadelphia Flyers but lost to the Edmonton Oilers in Game Seven.

"I'm excited to add a quality person like Scott to our staff, who was highly respected as a player on and off the ice," Payne said. "He has great knowledge of the game and will be a valuable addition to our staff."