The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Tuesday evening that they have fired Scott Howson after five-plus years as the executive vice president and general manager of the club.
Howson, who joined the Blue Jackets befire the 2007-08 season, watched the team post a 173-190-59 record during his time in the front office. The high point came in 2008-09 when Columbus made its first and only playoff appearance, but the team was swept by Detroit in the first round.
The Blue Jackets were 4-7-2 in the lockout-shortened season before Howson was relieved of his duties. The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Blue Jackets played their best game of the season in a 6-2 victory over San Jose.
"Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years," said team president John Davidson in a statement. "This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service."
Howson, 52, was hired as executive vice president and general manager of the Blue Jackets on June 15, 2007. He replaced Doug MacLean, who took the reins at the franchise's inception and remained president and general manager until he was fired at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season.