April 19, 2007

The Blue Jackets take off MacLean -- who's next?: The NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets have fired general manager Doug MacLean, whose teams never came closer than 19 points to the playoffs in his six-year tenure. Who's in line for that job and who should be listening for footsteps?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 05:10 PM - 6 comments

It's about time they got rid of MacLean - he has made a lot of questionable draft picks and traded off a ton of decent talent - eg Mike Sillinger. Ok, well, not a ton, but some. I mean, they seem to be so impatient with this thing that they don't let the players stay together long enough to mesh. I've been to a lot of their home games, and several of the draft picks - Picard for example, have been very disappointing. Their other moves haven't been very good either - the acquisition of Foote was terrible. He's washed up, he can't skate, he doesn't fit in the new NHL. Fedorov has been pretty much a wash too. If I were Rick Nash, I would want to get out of Columbus as soon as possible. Before they fired Gallant, it seemed like everybody in the front office was a Prince Edward Island crony of MacLean's from back in the day or something. And don't even get me started about Hitchcock.

posted by insomnyuk at 09:38 PM on April 19

Silly Ohioans,don't you know wasps(or hornets or whatever you are)die(or hibernate-i'm not up to speed on entomology) in the winter...

posted by lucky no.13 at 11:28 PM on April 19

Another fine example of authentic frontier gibberish.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:11 AM on April 20

Silly Ohioans,don't you know wasps(or hornets or whatever you are)die(or hibernate-i'm not up to speed on entomology) in the winter... I believe they're called the Blue Jackets as a reference to the uniform of the Union Soldiers in the American Civil War. It has nothing to do with insects as far as the team is concerned.

posted by tommytrump at 07:27 AM on April 20

Who's next? Bob Harley should be fired... out of cannon for going back to Lehtonen instead of Hedberg. I figure he's got to be D-U-N. Lemaire? Probably safe - but aren't these guys tired of decent regular seasons of stifling defense punctuated by the occassional first round exit? Ah, I probably just hate Lemaire too much. Bah - orrrrrr - ing.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:15 PM on April 20

I believe they're called the Blue Jackets as a reference to the uniform of the Union Soldiers in the American Civil War. It has nothing to do with insects as far as the team is concerned. Yes,you are correct, ohio sent the most soldiers to fight for the union army(but enough of the history lession)but their mascot on their jerseys is a....?

posted by lucky no.13 at 12:46 PM on April 22

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