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Blue Jackets Talk About Relocation

The Blue Jackets, like many other teams in the NHL (Phoenix, Atlanta being two prime examples), struggle to find ways to make money in a small hockey market. The Blue Jackets lost $25 million dollars last year alone, along with another $28 million dollars the two years prior. This has lead majority owner John McConnell to state this during an interview with The Columbus Dispatch: “I am not looking to sell (the Blue Jackets). If this doesn’t work … you know, I really don’t have any options other than staying the owner as the team is moved. I’m hopeful that’s not going to occur. We’re going forward as if it&r...

Central Focus: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets made headlines in Ohio as they snatched up Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers. They dealt away Jabuk Voracek and a 1st round pick (8th overall - Sean Couturier) to get Carter, which seems like a potentially steep price. Carter has been injured often, but when he's healthy, he's a complete sniper. This might be what Rick Nash needs to help the jackets into the playoffs.

 

Departures

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Ken Hitchcock Fired

According to Bob Mackenzie and TSN The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved head coach Ken Hitchcock of his duties behind the bench and named assistant coach Claude Noel as the club's interim head coach, the team announced today. "This season has been very disappointing for the Blue Jackets organization and our fans and the responsibility for that rests with all of us from management to the coaches and players," said general manager Scott Howson in a statement. "Hitch worked tirelessly to build an identity for this team that was missing before he arrived and deserves a great deal of credit for those efforts. He earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season, ...

Columbus’ GM Scott Howson has to let go Ken Hitchcock

After a great 2008-09 season during which Blue Jackets’ head coach Ken Hitchcock led his young and budding team to its first ever playoffs appearance as a franchise, things have changed dramatically this season. After 44 games this season, the Blue Jackets are ranked 14th in the Western Conference with a dismal 15-20-9 record and 39 points on pace for a mere 73 points, 19 points less than last year. Hitchock will likely be the next coach to be fired after Andy Murray was shown the door by the Blues’ GM on January 2nd. Hitchcock’s record as the Blue Jackets’ head coach is 118 wins, 116 losses and 36 OT losses 270 games over four seasons, is quite unimpressive compared to his...