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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Bob Murray has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the Blue Jackets general manager, The Dispatch has learned.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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Replacing Doug MacLean in Columbus

From the Columbus Dispatch,

A search is expected to begin immediately. Clark and Boyd will likely be granted interviews for the general manager’s position, but both are considered long shots to land the job.
Hitchcock, who did not return phone calls, has told insiders he does not want to be general manager. Among those likely to be considered to replace MacLean as general manager are Dave Taylor, former GM of the Los Angeles Kings; Rick Dudley, assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks; Craig Patrick, former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Steve Tambellini, vice president and assistant general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, and Neil Smith, former general manager of the New York Islanders.

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Update 5:40pm ET:
From BizJournals.com,

The head of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ parent business will step in as president of the National Hockey League team in the wake of Doug MacLean’s dismissal as president and general manager.
Mike Priest, president of JMAC Inc., the Blue Jackets’ parent company, will become team president and oversee business operations of the club.

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*thanks to KK reader Bethany for passing on the Columbus Dispatch link

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Report: Blue Jackets’ GM Doug MacLean Fired

Reported on TSN,

Doug MacLean has been fired as general manager and president of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sources tell TSN MacLean was told tonight in an ownership meeting.
The Blue Jackets struggled to a 33-42-7 record this season, finishing a distant 11th in the Western Conference.

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Updated 12:20am ET:
From the Columbus Dispatch,

Last spring, MacLean signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets that paid him an $800,000 base salary. With incentives, MacLean made about $1 million per season.
By firing him now, the club must pay MacLean a large buyout sum, believed to be $1.6 million, or his remaining base salary.

continued… (Geez, if only we could all get fired in such fashion.)

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Doug MacLean’s Future in Columbus

From Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets’ ownership group will meet this afternoon at a private location, where they’re expected to determine the fate of president and general manager Doug MacLean.
Majority owner John H. McConnell called the meeting, which will include the three principal minority owners—Wolfe Enterprises; real-estate developer Ron Pizzuti; and the Crane Family, which owns Crane Plastics.
Multiple sources indicated yesterday that McConnell, who owns 80 percent of the franchise, will seek input from the other owners, and that this will not be the typical end-of-season meeting.
Anticipation of the meeting and uncertainty regarding MacLean’s future have made for a curious time in Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus has missed the playoffs for 6 straight seasons. Will MacLean pay for it?

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