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Blue Jackets Looking At Howson Closely

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have not yet made a contract offer to Scott Howson, who seems to be the favorite to become the club’s new general manager.
Howson, the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant general manager, last spoke to the Blue Jackets on Friday, when he flew to Columbus and had a day’s worth of interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.
The Blue Jackets spent the past two days taking a hard look into Howson’s past and checking his references.

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Talk Of Another Murray In Columbus

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two league sources told the Sun yesterday they believe the Columbus Blue Jackets may seek permission to speak with Murray about the club’s vacant GM’s job.
“If the Senators don’t sign Bryan Murray, then he’s going to have options if he doesn’t mind leaving the city,” said an NHL executive yesterday.
The Jackets were poised to hire Anaheim assistant GM Bob Murray last week, but sources say he pulled out of the running when he realized he wasn’t going to have full say with coach Ken Hitchcock already under contract.

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Dave King Interested In Columbus Job

from the Columbus Dispatch,

In 1997, Dave King moved to Japan and helped get the country’s fledgling hockey program off the ground in time to play host to the Olympics in Nagano.
In 2000, he became the Blue Jackets’ first coach.
Since being fired in 2003, King, 59, has coached in Germany, Sweden and Russia. He spent two years in Siberia—willingly.
The man loves a challenge. And now, it seems, he’s ready for another one.
As the Blue Jackets’ search for a general manager drags on, King, according to a well-placed source in Canada, has made it known that he would like to be considered.

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Blue Jackets Will Build Through Youth

from AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

The Columbus Blue Jackets will build off the draft, develop young players, disdain quick fixes and be based on a long-term plan instead of hollow promises, new team president Mike Priest promised on Wednesday.
Priest, hired when Doug MacLean was fired as president and general manager in April, is in the process of interviewing prospective general managers. He said he has at least four names on his list, including Blue Jackets interim GM Jim Clark and director of player personnel Don Boyd.
As much as he would love to have a GM in place by the time the franchise hosts the NHL draft in two weeks, he won’t be hurried.

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Bob Murray Withdraws Name For Columbus GM Job

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob Murray has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the Blue Jackets general manager, The Dispatch has learned.
Murray, the Anaheim Ducks vice president of hockey operations, interviewed with the Blue Jackets on Friday and notified the team on Sunday that he was no longer interested in the job.
“The Blue Jackets were extremely interested in (Murray),” said an NHL source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Bob spent Saturday discussing it with his family, and he’s decided he’s in a very good spot right now with Anaheim, that he wants to stay put.”

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thanks to a KK member for posting this in the KK Forum...

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Zherdev’s Advisor Suggests Trade

from the Columbus Dispatch,

An adviser to Blue Jackets right winger Nikolai Zherdev said “it maybe would be good for both sides” if Zherdev were traded before the start of the 2007-08 season.
But, Sasha Tyjnych said, Zherdev is spending this summer with the mind-set that he’ll remain with the Blue Jackets.

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The Next GM For Columbus?

from the Columbus Dispatch,

All signs point to Bob Murray being hired as Blue Jackets general manager, but an announcement probably will have to wait until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Several NHL sources told The Dispatch yesterday that Murray, vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks, is considered the leading candidate among the four who will be granted second interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.

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Thanks to a KK member for the heads up via the KK Forums...

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Talking Blue Jackets

from the Arace on Hockey blog at the Columbus Dispatch,

We can sit around and argue the relative merit of the Fedorov trade because there are plusses and minuses to having him in Jackets uniform. The minuses are that his salary – he has one more year at $6 million remaining – decreases flexibility on the open market. A team in the Jackets’ position just can’t dedicate a significant percentage of it’s salary-cap number to two or three of those contracts. What also hurts is the Jackets lost Francois Beachemin to the Ducks in the Fedorov deal.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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MacLean Talks

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

MacLean was asked whether he’d change anything during his six seasons, all of which ended with the Blue Jackets way out of the playoffs.
“I probably made the mistake of going too young in goal,” he said. “I thought Marc Denis was ready to take the step and be a real good goaltender. And I may have made the mistake of playing too many young guys.
“People have chastised me for the (Sergei) Fedorov trade. But the club is .500 since we made the Fedorov trade.”
Actually, the Blue Jackets are 63-72-11 since the Fedorov trade. But when did .500 become the goal, anyway?

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MacLean made the wrong decision thinking Fedorov was the type of player who could lead Columbus to the playoffs.  He needed more parts than just Sergei to get them over the playoff hump.

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Now What BJ’s

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Blue Jackets were the NHL’s model expansion franchise — off the ice. They had a full building, a hands-off owner in John McConnell who put his trust in MacLean’s vision and his wallet at MacLean’s disposal. While Columbus’s three expansion confreres (Minnesota, Atlanta and Nashville) muddled along with bottom-five payrolls for much of first few years of their existence, MacLean got the green light to spend on players almost from the get-go.
That, in turn, proved to be his downfall. He didn’t have the patience necessary to build a franchise from the ground up — and for proof, consider that he fired his first coach midway through the team’s third year.

read on and some interesting NHL bits…

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