February 12, 2013
NHL notebook: Blue Jackets fire GM Scott Howson
By QMI Agency

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson fired Scott Howson as general manager February 12, 2013. (REUTERS file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets fired Scott Howson Tuesday after almost six years as executive vice president and general manager.

The Blue Jackets made the move going 4-7-2 to open the shortened NHL season.

"Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said. "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 general manager in Blue Jackets history in June, 2007. The team made its lone playoff appearance during the 2008-09 season.

BLUES' HALAK RE-INJURES GROIN

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is having a tough time staying in the St. Louis Blues lineup.


After missing three games following a groin injury on Feb. 1, Halak was about to make his return Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

That didn't happen as Halak tweaked his groin in warmups and was a late scratch.

The Slovakian netminder is day-to-day, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said following Tuesday's practice.

Halak has gone 3-0-0 with two shutouts and a 2.10 goals-against average in five games this season.

WILD CALL UP GOALIE KUEMPER

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made his NHL debut for the Minnesota Wild Tuesday following reports that regular starter Josh Harding is dealing with issues related to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Kuemper was called up from the team's AHL affiliate in Houston where he sported a 10-6 record with a 1.79 GAA in 16 games.

Harding was expected to start against the Vancouver Canucks, but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher informed reporters that he was feeling "off" the last couple days.

"Josh hasn't been feeling great the last few days and we've asked Josh to be honest with us and let us know when he doesn't feel that he's 100%," Fletcher said. "He just feels a little bit off. What he's going through right now, he's dealing with some medications. There's a lot of trial and error. Every situation is different. The doctors advised us of this a few weeks ago that eventually we will get to the right spot where the medication works and his body adapts to it."

Also on Tuesday, the Wild assigned defenceman Marco Scandella to Houston to make room for Kuemper.

BOLTS LOSE MALONE TO INJURY

A lower-body injury will sideline Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Malone for 3-4 weeks.

Malone was a late scratch for last Sunday's contest against the New York Rangers after getting hurt during pregame warmups.

The 33-year-old has four goals and five points in 10 games this season.

BRUINS SIGN VETERAN PANDOLFO

The Boston Bruins signed veteran forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract and then placed him on waivers so he can work on his conditioning in the minors.

The 38-year-old had one goal and two assists in 62 games with the New York Islanders last season.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils, Pandolfo has played 881 career NHL games, recording 100 goals, 126 assists and 162 penalty minutes.

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