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Columbus Blue Jackets getting close to naming head coach

compiled from staff and wire reports

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has been working diligently since the team’s season ended 0n April 9, to find the right coach. The process has probably taken longer than usual but he has said all along, the CBJ ” have to get it right.”

Howson will not say how soon an announcement might be made.

Scott Howson (CBJ)

The Blue Jackets have interviewed American Hockey League coaches Kevin Dineen of Portland and Scott Arniel of Manitoba, and there have been rumors that they have interest in Hamilton coach Guy Boucher. Blue Jackets interim head coach Claude Noel is also in the running.

There have been pros and cons in this search. Some of the experts around the NHL feel that the longer the search goes, it favors Claude Noel getting the job.

The team fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3 and team played extremely well under Noel, who believes in letting the players skills of moving the puck faster than the defensive style that Hitchcock employed.

Howson said a decsion will be made by himself after meeting with majority owner John P. McConnell and team president Mike Priest.

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