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Another coach bites the dust. Columbus dethrones King.

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  • Forever Nineteen Forty
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2003
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      --- Forever Nineteen Forty <forever1940@...> wrote:
      > Any idea what the record for coaches fired in one season?
      >
      > Colorado, San Jose, Calgary, Atlanta, Columbus makes five
      > since
      > the start of the season and an even dozen since the end of
      > last
      > season.
      >
      > Only 9 coaches had their current positions on 1/1/00 and only
      > 12
      >
      > had it on 1/1/01.
      >
      > In terms of tenure, Isles coach Peter Laviolette, hired two
      > weeks after Boston coach Robbie Ftorek, are 16th and 15th
      > respectively. They've coached about 120 games in their
      > current
      > positions.
      >
      > With half-a-season to go, we could hit 10 coaches by season
      > end,
      > with Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz and Bryan Trottier being among
      > the
      > next to go.
      >
      > <<Blue Jackets fire coach Dave King
      > By CARRIE SPENCER, Associated Press Writer
      > January 7, 2003
      >
      > COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets fired Dave
      > King
      > on Tuesday, severing ties with the only coach the team has had
      > since entering the NHL in 2000.
      >
      > At 14-20-4-2, the Blue Jackets have the second-worst record in
      > the Western Conference.
      >
      > King was in the final year of a three-year contract.
      >
      > President and general manager Doug MacLean will be the team's
      > interim coach, spokesman Todd Sharrock said.
      >
      > Columbus' 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night
      > gave the Blue Jackets six defeats in their last nine games.
      > Nashville is the only team in the West with a poorer record
      > than
      > Columbus.
      >
      > MacLean will be on the bench when Columbus plays at the
      > Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
      >
      > ``At this time I don't think we are where we should be as a
      > team,'' MacLean said, ``and this will allow me to evaluate our
      > personnel from a different perspective.''
      >
      > There was speculation that MacLean might dismiss King after
      > Columbus went 22-47-8-5 last season. The Blue Jackets were
      > 28-39-9-6 in 2000-01, their inaugural season.
      >
      > King had more success in his previous NHL coaching job, going
      > 109-76-31 and winning two division titles with the Calgary
      > Flames from 1992-95. But he was fired after Calgary lost in
      > the
      > first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.
      >
      > He joined Columbus after three years as an assistant coach
      > with
      > the Montreal Canadiens.
      >
      > King was in charge of the Canadian national team from 1983-92.
      > The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, also coached Canada to
      > the gold medal at the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championships.
      > >>
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