Online sports gambling expectations for Columbus’ prospects for the 2009-10 season were sky high as a result but the Jacket have not met those sports gambling standards. Columbus was floundering in last place in the NHL’s Central Division as the online sports gambling season headed into February and, as a result, they decided to change coaches.
Ken Hitchcock, the man that led the Blue Jackets to their highest level of sports gambling success was fired after a 5-1 gambling sports loss to the Colorado Avalanche on February 2 as Columbus fell to 14th out of 15 teams in the Western Conference online sports gambling playoff race.
Columbus assistant coach Claude Noel was named as Hitchcock’s replacement for the remainder of the online sports gambling season. Noel won his first game as coach on February 4 when the Blue Jackets scored a 2-1 online sports gambling win over the Dallas Stars.
Columbus has struggled on both ends of the ice for the 2009-10 online sports gambling season as they ranked 22nd in scoring and a most alarming 26th overall on defense. Defense and goaltending were the strengths that catapulted Columbus to the online sports gambling playoffs in 2009.
Hitchcock arrived at Columbus in November of 2006 and slowly improved the team each season. It was felt, however, that his message was being tuned out by the team this year and that a new approach was needed in order to try and save the online sports gambling season.
“The team was not responding to the message and this is a change we felt was necessary in order to move forward in the right direction,” said general manager Scott Howson. Howson said he wished he could have given Hitchcock more time and that the coach deserved to have that time to try and work out the problems on the team.
In the end, however, management felt that improvement was not forthcoming. Hitchcock left with a career record of 511-323-61 and 88 ties. He led Dallas to a 1999 Stanley Cup title.