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Blue Jackets fire GM Scott Howson

Feb 12, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets decided to fire GM Scott Howson on Tuesday, marking the first major move by new team president John Davidson.

Here’s what Davidson had to say:

“Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Davidson. “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service.”

Despite the fact that the team has only made the postseason once and never earned a playoff win, Howson is just the second GM in franchise history. He succeeded Doug MacLean on June 15, 2007. The Blue Jackets went 173-190-59 during his time as the GM, including that lone playoff run in 2008-09.

Update: The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that Davidson could name the team’s next general manager as early as Wednesday.

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  1. scionofflame - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Not a bad guy, but it was certainly time for a change and has been in the Columbus organization.

    I’m a Predators fan so not keen to see the Jackets become a challenge exactly…but Columbus fans deserve a winning product on the ice, and I think Davidson and whoever the new GM they find are key in getting them that.

    • dcfan4life - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      He had his chance. 6 years is more than enough time for a GM to show progress. Well the Blue Jackets never really did. A change was a must.

  2. jimw81 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    alot of scouts were at last night’s Columbus game.

  3. jkulha86 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Not a CBJ fan, but this is long overdue. He has set that organization back for years. Rejoice CBJ fans!

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      if davidson does to CBJ what he did with the Blues, the central division gets real interesting…

      • jtrain1966 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Well, it’s about to get interesting ! They just hired Jarmo .

  4. buckeye044 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Not all his fault. Poor scouting and a meddling son of the founder owner are more to blame.

  5. buckeye044 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    One more thing…they may be looking for some Truculence as soon as tomorrow

  6. sonvar - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Best of luck to Howson but this needed to be done some time ago. It also confirms to me the organization is allowing JD to do what he needs.

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM


  8. govtminion - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    My only question is… why now, and not after the Nash mess last spring? Did he say something about his trade deadline plans to Davidson that forced his hand now?

    • alexb64 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      I suppose with the looming lockout & the sense of urgency to do whatever needed to be done prior to start of it may have influenced their decision to keep him around. Davidson didn’t even come on board until lockout time as well. I assume Howson was told he was on borrowed time sometime around the time of the Nash fiasco though. The deal they ended up making for Nash is the biggest clue for me at least, it seemed pretty inline with what I read the Rangers were willing to give up for Nash at the deadline. I’m guessing someone above him told him to make that deal & from that point on he knew he was a lame duck.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I think everyone across the league, including Howson, saw the writing on the wall. Subpar results and questionable moves aren’t going to get you a contract extension. Eventhough people say he got what he could for Nash I think that move was a total waste. Nash was your one chip, the only real tradeable asset on your roster. And they settle for a couple of 2nd/3rd liners and a pretty solid D prospect (plus a late 1st rounder). That’s a decent haul but he needed to hit a homerun to save his job and he went with a double. Maybe there wasn’t more out there, but I gotta think someone would offer up more than Anisimov and Dubinsky. And I fully understand that Nash limited Howsons leverage by telling everyone he wanted out, but I’d still be very upset if I was a CBJ owner or fan. No question they’re in better hands with Davidson.

  10. broadstbully33 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Phillyphantic said it perfectly. I couldn’t believe he was allowed to trade Nash and sit at another draft table.

  11. mclovinhockey - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Haha wow, anyone on this board could be a better gm than him

  12. kaptaanamerica - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    It was the Jeff Carter fiascoThat did him in, not the nash trade.he lost getting Carter and getting rid of Carter.

  13. buffalomafia - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    You would think Buffalo would fire there staff too!!!!!!!

  14. jaredphi - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Excellent decision on the part of Columbus’ owner.

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