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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