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Blue Jackets tweak front office, prompt Blues to do the same

Jul 8, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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When an executive goes from one NHL team to another, players often come with him.

That might eventually become the case for former St. Louis Blues executive and current Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but he’s starting with the front office first.

Kekalainen named Ville Siren the Blue Jackets’ head amateur scout and Josef Boumedienne as a European scout on Monday. Siren spent nine years with the Blues. In reaction to Siren’s departure, the Blues promoted Jan Vopat to Siren’s vacated position: Head of European Amateur Scouting.

One cannot help but wonder if the Blue Jackets will eventually start poaching players from St. Louis, although Columbus is actually surprising close to the cap ceiling with only about $2.7 million in breathing room, according to Cap Geek.

So, something more exciting like nabbing a former Blues player via free agency or making a landmark trade will need to wait.

  1. blackheart78 - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Although I’m not a fan of the Blue Jackets and/or Stars I’m really respecting the heck out of their GM’s for shaking things up and getting better players for their teams to compete. I know sometimes GM’s hands are tied, but apparently these guys are swinging for the fences. I respect that.

  2. timsabourin - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    blue jackets twerk front office

  3. amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Hasn’t anyone ever told him that it is rude to point?

  4. dutchman1350 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    There was talk about David Perron. We’ll see.

  5. 22bju - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Dutch – Perron for who?

  6. dutchman1350 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Not sure what St. Louis wants? There was talk on daft day that Jarmo was talking to Blues about Perron.

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Has anyone else noticed that Kekalainen looks like Stan Sitwell? Bet he drives a Corvette too…

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