Found June 24, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
I have long argued that a well-run team should have its staff in place (GM, coach etc.) for the next season before they go through the draft and free agency that will help build the team for the future.  In some cases this is not because it is crucial to have a coach in place to run a draft but for the buy-in that comes from being part of the process.  A coach feels that he is part of a team and was involved in building it.  He feels involved and doesn’t feel as though he is taking over somebody else’s team.  This is valuable to any team.  The Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals did not have coaches as they went into this year’s draft.  This is a mistake for both of these teams and shows that they are not so well run.  However we have another team that is breaking new ground in ways to be poorly run.  The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the draft by firing four members of their scouting staff.  Brian Bates, Andrew Shaw, Artem Telepin and John Williams (Williams was their assistan...

The sign of a healthy organization: firing your scouts right after the draft

Ouch, per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline: Hours after the NHL Draft, the Blue Jackets notified four amateur scouts that they will not be back with the club—Brian Bates, Andrew Shaw, Artem Telepin and John Williams, who was assistant director of amateur scouting. GM Scott Howson confirmed the moves to The Dispatch today, and said each of the scouts was given an “appropriate...
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