1) Yes, the news out of Columbus yesterday is that the Columbus Blue Jackets ownership group finally have fired their only GM since entering the NHL in the 2000-01 season. MacClean was given ample opportunity over his 6 seasons running the team to show improvement towards finally getting into the playoffs.
2) In all, during his tenure of error the good people of Columbus saw the team win just 172 games over six seasons (or 492 games), a .350 win percentage. That is by far the worst in the league over that stretch. While other teams that came into the NHL at or about that time(Minnesota/Nashville) have made the playoffs on more than one occasion, the Jackets were no closer this year to the post season than they were in their inaugural season when they racked up a pretty impressive(for an expansion team) 71 points.
3) Those of us who have been following this team can say to this news is; " What took so long!" The signs were there for quite a while that MacClean was in over his head with this position. Sure he did a good job coaching an expansion team(Florida), but GM'ing is far different. His coaching choices, personnel decisions and drafting abilities have all been questionable since the outset.
4) The fact that the folks in the Buckeye state have been so patient; filling that building despite the losing, probably gave MacClean a bit more time. However folks were beginning to get fed up with the losing, and with the NHL entry draft to be held in Columbus in June, the owners wanted to give the team and its fans a sense of a new beginning. We at the FAUXRUMORS group, LC. want to wish the team well! Their loyal fans deserve no less!