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February 12, 2013 | 8:00pm ET
Blue Jackets fire GM Howson

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Tuesday evening that Scott Howson has been relieved of his duties as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the club.

It's believed the Blue Jackets could announce the hiring of their new GM as early as Wednesday.

"Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years," said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. "This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service."

Howson was named the second GM in Blue Jackets history on June 15, 2007.

During his tenure with the club, the Blue Jackets compiled a 173-190-59 record and made their lone appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a franchise-best 41-31-10 mark in 2008-09.

According to multiple reports, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall, former Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson and former St. Louis Blues assistant GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who is the GM of Jokerit in Finland's SM-Liiga, are three leading candidates for the GM post in Columbus.

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