NHL notes: Big changes coming in Columbus?
|Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel barks orders from behind the bench during a game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont., Dec. 30, 2010. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the verge of making sweeping changes to the front office.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, general manager Scott Howson and/or coach Scott Arniel could be replaced as soon as Monday.
The report, based on multiple NHL sources, says team president Mike Priest has contacted former coach Ken Hitchcock about replacing Arniel. Priest has also talked to ex-Calgary Flames GM Craig Button about taking over the Jackets.
Hitchcock, who is still under contract with the Blue Jackets after being fired late in the 2009-10 season, and Button worked together with the Dallas Stars in the 1990s and won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Hitchcock was head coach while Button was director of player personnel.
Columbus has gotten off to its worst start in franchise history, taking a 1-9-1 record into Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks. Priest gave Arniel and Howson a vote of confidence just two weeks ago.
AVERY ON WAY BACK
The New York Rangers will put forward Sean Avery on re-entry waivers Monday, according to multiple reports.
If no other team claims Avery -- they would need only to cover half of his salary -- he could be in the Rangers lineup when they play the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.
Avery made his season debut with Connecticut of the AHL over the weekend and played in two games, scoring once and netting the shootout winner against Worcester on Saturday. Avery was sent to the minors before the start of the regular season.
The Rangers have struggled out of the gate, going 3-3-3, and have some injury issues with Mike Rupp and Artem Anisimov out of action.
The Ottawa Senators called up forward Nikita Filatov from Binghamton of the AHL prior to Sunday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Filatov had one assist in two games before being sent to the minors. In eight games with Binghamton, the 21-year-old had four goals and one assist ... With Andy Sutton out for at least one game, the Edmonton Oilers called up Alex Plante from Oklahoma City of the AHL. Sutton has a disciplinary hearing in New York Monday ... New York Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski won't get any supplemental discipline for his hit on Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson Saturday. Alfredsson is out day to day with an apparent head injury after taking a Wolski elbow in the mush.