The struggling Columbus Blue Jackets moved quickly to replace fired general manager Scott Howson, hiring Jarmo Kekalainen as his replacement on Wednesday.
Howson was relieved of his duties on Tuesday by director of hockey operations John Davidson after nearly six years with the Blue Jackets. Kekalainen, 46, becomes the first European general manager in the NHL. His last hockey job was general manager for Jokerit in the Finnish league.
Davidson and Kekalainen previously worked together with the St. Louis Blues. Kekalainen was the Blues' director of amateur scouting. He also served as the Ottawa Senators' player personnel director in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In injury news:
* Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin will miss at least a week with a knee injury. A report by SportingNews.com said Frattin is dealing with MCL issues in a knee. Frattin was off to a hot start for Toronto with seven goals and 10 points in 10 games, including the winning goal Monday night against Philadelphia.
* Colorado Rockies defenseman Erik Johnson is out indefinitely with a head injury suffered after taking a hard check by Phoenix' Martin Hanzal in Monday night's overtime loss to the Coyotes. He joins a list of other injured Avalanche players including captain Gabriel Landeskog (head), defenseman Ryan Wilson (ankle) and forward Steve Downie (knee).