Blue Jackets GM Howson fired

Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The struggling Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday fired Scott Howson, the team's executive vice president and general manager.

Howson -- one of only two GMs in Blue Jackets history -- had held the job since June 2007, compiling a 173-190-59 record with one playoff appearance in 2009.

Last season, however, Columbus had the worst record in the NHL with 65 points and was off to a 4-7-2 start in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

He traded the team's lone superstar, Rick Nash, last summer in a deal that earned much criticism from fans.

"Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years," Blue Jackets President John Davidson said. "This was a difficult decision, but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward."

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