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Blue Jackets Fire General Manager Howson

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Scott Howson has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.   

CBJ President of Hockey Operations John Davidson announced Tuesday night that Howson had been fired after more than five seasons on the job.
 
"Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years," Davidson said in a statement.  "This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward.  I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service."
 
Howson was named the 2nd General Manager in team history when he took over the job in 2007. During his tenure with the club, the Blue Jackets compiled a 173-190-59 record and made their lone playoff appearance in 2008-09. Howson attempted to boost the team with some bold trades and signings, including deals for R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter.
 
Howson was unable to keep captain and franchise leading scorer Rick Nash with the team, as Nash asked for a trade during last season. He was eventually dealt to New York.
 
It is unlikely Davidson will take over as General Manager. ESPN reported Tuesday night that Davidson already has a short list of candidates for the job.
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