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by Paul on 01/04/10 at 11:25 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
From the press box in Nationwide, Dispatch beat writer Aaron Portzline text-messaged general manager Scott Howson, who was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scouting the world junior championship. Portzline asked whether the firing of Murray gave Jackets management pause to reflect on Hitchcock’s job safety. Portzline phrased the question differently, but that was the gist.
Howson’s answer: “The decision in St. Louis is not relevant in Columbus.”
The Blues aren’t running the Jackets, and vice versa. The Jackets will handle their own coach as they see fit. Understood.
But the question, in some form, will not go away—not when the team is losing at this rate. Would Hitchcock still have his job if he started the season 1-13? Is there anywhere else in the league where a coach can survive a 3-13-7 streak? Would anyone be shocked if Hitchcock got the boot tomorrow?
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