The speculation was rampant last night regarding who would take over as General Manager of the Blue Jackets, with Scott Howson being fired. One name started to dominate the conversation- Jarmo Kekalainen. Most of us woke up this morning and went directly to the one man who always has the answers, Bob McKenzie. The move makes sense on so many levels. The first and obvious point to look at is the fact that Kekalainen and team President of Hockey Operations John Davidson worked together previously with the St.Louis Blues. While with the Blues, Kekalainen was known as a draft guru, the guy to hand the keys to the bus to at the end of the season. Not only is his draft record stellar, but he also has experience in the front office. After his playing days, which included NHL stops in Ottawa and Boston, he was General Manager of IFK Helsinki before taking the job as Director of Player Personnel with the Sens. In 2002, he was hired by the Blues as their assistant GM and Director of Amateur Scouting. This is where he started to really make his mark as a talent evaluator.
Jarmo Kekalainen Named GM of the Jackets
The Cannon | Feb 13