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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.

more…

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.

continued… (*more details to follow at that link)

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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Bad News For Blue Jackets

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Left winger Alexandre Picard, the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 NHL draft, will likely miss at least part of the 2007-08 season after suffering a serious knee injury over the weekend.
Picard suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee Friday when he was submarined by a defender while playing for the Blue Jackets’ top minor-league club, the Syracuse Crunch, a Blue Jackets source said.
Typically, the injury requires at least a six-month recovery from the time of surgery.

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Can We Join In Soon

from Todd Jones at the Columbus Dispatch,

When do we get to have some fun around here? Soon, the Jackets always say. Soon. Trust us.
This is an era of parity in professional sports. In the past 10 years, there have been six different Stanley Cup champions, five NBA champs, seven Super Bowl champs and seven winners of the World Series.
Those four sports have had 53 franchises in their championship games or series in the past decade. Everyone eventually has a parade except Columbus.
We don?t need to hoist the Cup yet. We just want a chance at it. Soon, the Jackets say. Soon. Trust us.

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Thinking Of Moscow

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For one of the rare times in his career, Sergei Fedorov won’t be participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The World Championships are in Moscow, offering Fedorov the rare chance to represent his homeland on home ice.
At 37, there aren’t going to be many more chances to play for Russia in Russia and Fedorov admits, it’s an intriguing scenario.
“It’s not something I’ve really discussed with the media, but it’s a possibility,” Fedorov said before his Columbus Blue Jackets lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
A romantic possibility to be sure, but Fedorov is hedging.
Thinking with his heart has caused Fedorov nothing but heartache in the past.

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Close To Strutting

from the Columbus Dispatch,

So yesterday, as the Blue Jackets went through off-ice workouts, Hitchcock was asked whether his boys have reached the point of struttin?.
“To me, you?re strutting when, instead of bowing your head when the opponent is tough, you?re looking him right in the eye,” Hitchcock said. “Whether you?re good enough at the end of the day, you play like you?re in it right up to the end.
“I don?t know that the strut is there just yet, because it?s a consistently high level of play over a long span. It gets to a point where it?s self-sustaining, where it?s just part of who you are as a team.
“We?re not there. But we?re getting really close to it.”

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