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Insider Suggest the Columbus Blue Jackets Poach Their Next GM from the Montreal Canadiens

Published February 16, 2024 at 7:47 PM
BY TJ TUCKER

With Jarmo Kekalainen officially out as General Manager of the Colubus Blue Jackets, the search is officially under way for a new one. John Davidson, who is the President of Hockey Operation in Columbus, has taken over Kekalainen's duties for now, but insisted the search for a new GM is underway, and will likely come from outside the organization. One insider has a suggestion.

Darren Dreger of TSN says the Blue Jackets would be crazy not to pick up the phone and call Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson to ask permission to speak with Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton.

"As speculation buildsNot sure how the Canadiens would feel about this, but why wouldn't CBJ call Montreal and ask permission to speak with Jeff Gorton? History with Davidson and a GM at heart. Geoff Molson might hang up, but is there harm in asking?"




Davidson and Gorton had a long working relationship with the New York Rangers, so it's not surprising someone would mention the possibility of a reunion. However, a GM position seems like a step down from Vice President of Hockey Operations, and Gorton appears to be very proud of the work he's done in Montreal since landing there in 2021. But Dreger is right, there is certainly no harm is asking if the Blue Jackets are interested. The worst that can happen is a no.
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