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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Columbus Hires 1st European NHL GM

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After firing Scott Howson as their general manager last evening, the Columbus Blue Jackets already have a new man ready to take over, Finland's Jarmo Kekalainen.

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Scott Howson's trade for Jeff Carter ultimately turned sour.
Scott Howson's trade for Jeff Carter ultimately turned sour.
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Noted fighting advocate Sam Page sent along video of this fight in the Milwaukee Admirals game last night:


Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Columbus Fires GM Scott Howson - The Cannon
Honestly, I'm surprised they waited this long after bringing in John Davidson, but at least they gave him a shot, I suppose.

What Scott Howson Did Right - The Cannon
As you can expect, this is a pretty short post (sorry, just couldn't help myself there).

Report: Jarmo Kekalainen to be Named GM of the Jackets - The Cannon
And just like that, Columbus has a new man ready to go, Jarmo Kekalainen of Finland.

From the desk of Risto Pakarinen " Kekäläinen
Here's a prophetic profile of the new Blue Jackets boss.

Culture Change - The Spin
Can a European general manager succeed in the NHL? Damian Cox takes us back to a few short instances where Europeans took over as head coach.

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I dunno, I think our standards for "incredible" have slipped a bit.