Jackets problems run deeper than Arniel

When the Columbus Blue Jackets fired Scott Arniel last week, my first thought was “good”,” about time” and “why not sooner?”. The team has struggled as long as he had been in charge. Attendance is falling at an incredible rate and fan apathy is at an all time high. Young players aren’t being developed either.

 

After some reflection I thought, why not Howson too? He has been in charge of picking players an coaches for a few years now. The team has been terrible on his watch. No General Manager in pro sports has a record as poor as his and is still employed.

Then I got to the heart of the matter. As long as the current ownership is in place, firing anyone is a mercy firing. Howson and Arniel are poor. The changes won’t change anything unless there is some commitment to winning from the top.

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