COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jarmo Kekalainen was a couple of minutes late for his first news conference as the Columbus Blue Jackets' new general manager.
He got lost trying to find his way around the arena.
Now the former St. Louis Blues amateur-scouting director and assistant GM has the task of guiding the Blue Jackets from the depths of the NHL.
The 46-year-old Kekalainen says he likes what he's seen so far in terms of the team's effort. He was along for the final three games of a six-game road trip that ended Sunday.
The native of Finland is gearing up for the April 3 trade deadline and already is salivating over the club's three first-round picks in this summer's draft. His goal, he says, is a team that plays fast, quick and hard.
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