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MAJOR: Eastern Conference Team Reportedly Trying to Poach Rival Executive to Be Their New GM

Published February 17, 2024 at 9:28
BY JAMES CONNELLY
The Columbus Blue Jackets made waves yesterday when they fired Jarmo Kekalainen and now they are looking to rival teams for his replacement.

Blue Jackets Fire Kekalainen



The Columbus Blue Jackets announced yesterday that they had relieved longtime GM Jarmo Kekalainen of his duties.




The #CBJ have fired general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.


Now with their first GM vacancy in over a decade, the Blue Jackets are looking around the NHL for Kekalainen's replacement.

Blue Jackets Looking To Poach Gorton From The Canadiens



Reports have surfaced that the Blue Jackets are looking to bring in Jeff Gorton from the Montreal Canadiens.


As speculation buildsNot sure how the Canadiens would feel about this, but why wouldn't CBJ call Montreal and ask permission to speak with Jeff Gorton? History with Davidson and a GM at heart. Geoff Molson might hang up, but is there harm in asking?

However, it seems like Gorton is committed to the Canadiens as the following report has emerged.

Regarding the Vice President of Hockey Operations of the Montreal Canadiens, Jeff Gorton, who has become a strong candidate to become the new general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets...

A source close to the file tells me that, from now on, Gorton intends to stay with the Canadiens to "finish the job he started".


We will now wait and see who the Blue Jackets bring in as they have a young core and could be contending sooner rather than later.

As seen on House of Hockey - Insider Reveals The Columbus Blue Jackets Are Looking To Steal Their New GM From Another Organization
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