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Longtime NHL general manager gets the boot in major firing Thursday

Published February 15, 2024 at 11:46
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The Columbus Blue Jackets made a big move today, parting ways with their long-time general manager, Jarmo Kekkalainen, after 11 years.

Taking the reins temporarily is Team President John Davidson, stepping into the GM role.


"This is a tough moment for me," said Davidson in a statement. "Jarmo's not just a colleague; he's a friend, and I respect him a lot. But as much as we value his contributions, it's clear we need a fresh perspective to propel us forward."



Owner John P. McConnell echoed these sentiments, expressing gratitude to Kekkalainen for his dedication over the past decade.

"Jarmo and his family are part of our Blue Jackets family," said McConnell. "We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors."

Kekkalainen, who took the lead as general manager in 2013, leaves behind a significant legacy, but a rough ending to his time with the Blue Jackets. Under his leadership, the team saw 410 wins over 869 games, making him the longest-serving GM in franchise history.
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