Friday, April 20, 2007

MacClean Fired.....Finally!

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!

8 comments:

Shuck-A-Luck said...

Long overdue. Unfortunately it will take a lot more to turn this franchise around than a new GM. Mac has destroyed or at least limited the promising careers of players like Rick Nash, Nic Zherdev and Gilbert Brule to just name a few. This franchise needs a complete overhaul in its scouting, player development, coaching, and player personel. It will be a long road back for the Jackets.

Shuck-A-Luck said...

Tunk, Tunk. Hello? Is this thing on? Wow, where did everyone go?

Damn, another dead blog!

FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) Hey Shuck, must have another blog in mind there. LOL This one is as vibrant/busy as any other out there.
2) We believe we are well ahead of schedule in that respect considering the problems we had only 2 months ago.
3) Thanks for your concern though

lyle said...

Keep up the good work faux. Don't allow anyone to diminish what you've accomplished here. Very impressive blog. Wished Id found it sooner. had fun reading some of your old entries. You can count me in as a regular!

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Thanks Lyle. We never really had a worry. We started this blog for the love of the game NOT for:
a) Recognition (though we have had quite a bit already),
b) Money (we collectively have enough to buy an NHL team or 2! LOL) We don't collect a dime from anyone! We answer to no one!
2) Having said all that the number of unique hits have been steadily increasing from day 1 of the renewed blog. Thanks to all for your continued support!!

Antzmarching said...

Who really cares about Columbus? With Capt. Kangaroo at the helm, this team is destined for several more years of boring, uninspired hockey...

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) We have to disagree with you Antz. Ken Captain kangaroo Hitchcock was NOT the problem in Columbus. He did pretty well considering what he had.
2) MacClean was the clown that needed to go. It may take the new GM a year or two to undo all the harm that this idiot did to that franchise, but just his departure gives hope to the most down trodden NHL franchise

Antzmarching said...

Yes, the Good Capt IS a decent coach, but I will bet his success in Ohio will be limited regardless of who the GM is...

 
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