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Blue Jackets fire Howson after club makes playoffs once in his 5-plus seasons

Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 8:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blue Jackets fire Howson after club makes playoffs once in his 5-plus seasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired general manager Scott Howson.

The move was announced by John Davidson, the club's director of hockey operations, in an email on Tuesday night.

The announcement came roughly 24 hours after the Blue Jackets' biggest win of the season, 6-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Howson was hired as executive vice-president and general manager on June 15, 2007.

The Blue Jackets (4-7-2) will begin a six-game trip Friday at Los Angeles.

During Howson's tenure, the Blue Jackets went 173-190-59 and made their lone Stanley Cup playoff appearance after a franchise-best 41-31-10 mark in the 2008-09 season.

The club then fell on hard times and had the worst record in the NHL last season (29-46-7, 65 points). Star forward Rick Nash was traded during the off-season.

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