By Allan Muir
Scott Howson, the second general manager in the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets, was fired Tuesday night.
Certainly no one can be surprised by this, not even Howson himself. The Jackets were miserable under him, his feckless five-year tenure marked by ineffective drafting, under-performing free agents and inept asset management. The team performed accordingly, making the playoffs once on the back of a superlative rookie season from Steve Mason in 2007-08, then descending into the role of punching bag…and punchline.
But the move begs two questions. Why now? And was it too late?