Columbus Blue Jackets Looking To Steal General Manager From Canadian Team

Published February 16, 2024 at 11:52 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets made headlines earlier this week with the dismissal of General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen. Since then, speculation has been rampant about who might take over the role. According to insider Darren Dreger, one candidate stands out among the rest.

Reports suggest that former New York Rangers GM and current Montreal Canadiens Executive VP of Hockey Ops, Jeff Gorton, is the leading contender for the position with the Blue Jackets.

"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?"

Gorton's potential move to Columbus raises questions about Montreal's willingness to let him go. Since joining the Canadiens alongside GM Kent Hughes, Gorton has played a significant role in shaping the team's roster.

The interest in Gorton sheds light on the Blue Jackets' future plans. Despite Kekalainen's departure, it appears that President of Hockey Ops John Davidson will remain in his role, overseeing the GM search.

With Davidson's influence, the Blue Jackets could pursue Gorton aggressively, given their past working relationship in New York. As the situation evolves, updates on the GM search will be shared accordingly.
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