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COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Bill Zito poses for his official headshot for the 2013-2014 season on September 11, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill Zito

Jackets’ Zito named Lake Erie GM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named assistant general manager Bill Zito the general manager of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters the team announced on Tuesday.

Zito has been in his role with the Blue Jackets for two years. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Zito has been responsible for many of the club’s big contract negotiations including Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Sergei Bobrovsky.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this challenge,” Zito said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Lake Erie organization.”

Zito will maintain his current role with the Jackets and oversee all hockey operations efforts for Lake Erie.

The 50-year-old replaces Chris MacFarland who left the Blue Jackets in May to join the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets in August 2013, Zito spent two decades as an agent Acme World Sports representing the likes of Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Kimmo Timonen.

Davidson close to deal with Blue Jackets

John Davidson

John Davidson’s long flirtation with the Columbus Blue Jackets is reportedly about to pay off.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says the two sides are close to signing off on a deal that will make Davidson the President of Hockey Operations.

Portzline also reports general manager Scott Howson, assistant GM Chris MacFarland, and senior adviser of hockey operations Craig Patrick will retain their jobs with the team. The catch here is that Davidson will be the boss of all three guys.

As you might remember, Davidson was allowed to look for a new job when Tom Stillman bought the St. Louis Blues and the one team he gravitated towards immediately was Columbus. He’ll have his hands full in trying to help turn the Jackets around as they’ve made the playoffs just once in team history.