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Associate coach Gary Agnew became interim coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, a day after Gerard Gallant was fired because of the team's slow start.

Columbus general manager and president Doug MacLean said he is planning to compile a list of coaching candidates. No timetable has been set for hiring a permanent replacement.

"I'm going to do what I do best and hopefully get (to) the talent that's in there because there's a lot of talent in that room," said Agnew, the coach of the Blue Jackets' top affiliate for six seasons before becoming an assistant this year. "We have a chance, still, of doing what we set out to do and it'll be up to me to try and extract that from them."

[url=http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20061114_113726_5164]NHL Hockey News - Jackets name Agnew interim coach - sportsnet.ca[/URL]
 
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