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, ...
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...