The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved general manager Scott Howson of his duties.

The Blue Jackets have gotten off to a slow start thus far in 2013, currently sitting 13th in the Western Conference with a 4-7-2 record through 13 games.

In his five years as general manager, he was only able to lead the Blue Jackets to a winning season once, leading the franchise to its only post-season appearance to date in 2008-09.

“Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Blue Jackets' President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service.”

Howson was appointed as Blue Jackets GM prior to the 2007-08 season and was just the second person in franchise history to hold the title on a permanent basis. The team finished amongst the bottom 10 in the NHL in four of Howson's five seasons in charge. During his tenure with the club, the Blue Jackets compiled a 173-190-59 record.