Blue Jackets fire MacLean
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Blue Jackets fire team's president - Yahoo! News
Confirmed by a local TV station
By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer 6 minutes ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets fired president and general manager Doug MacLean after not coming within 19 points of the playoffs in any of the franchise's six seasons.
Team spokesman Todd Sharrock confirmed the firing on Thursday morning after several media reports said MacLean had been let go late on Wednesday night.
WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio's News Leader - Blue Jackets Fire MacLean
Blue Jackets Fire MacLean
Apr 19 2007 10:21AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Doug MacLean was fired as president and general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday night, the team confirmed to the Associated Press Thursday morning.
The decision was made in an ownership meeting at Double Eagle Golf Club, sources told the Columbus Dispatch and Canadian media outlet TSN.
The Blue Jackets are the only National Hockey League franchise to have never reached the post-season.
The team finished 11th in the Western Conference this past season and struggled to a 33-42-7 record.
MacLean was named general manager of the Blue Jackets in 1998 and was later promoted to president.
He also coached the team from Jan. 7, 2003 through Jan. 1, 2004.
Sources told 10TV News that the Blue Jackets are expected to name a separate president and general manager.
The Dispatch reported that Michael A. Priest is in line to be president of the Blue Jackets.
According to the newspaper, Priest is president of JMAC Inc., the family holding company of John H. McConnell, the majority owner of the Blue Jackets.
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