'Difference of philosophy' led to move

Updated: January 7, 2004, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets assistant Newell Brown was reassigned for the rest of the season because of differences with team president and general manager Doug MacLean.

The team did not disclose Brown's new job in the organization. However, he will not be coaching.

MacLean said he and Brown had a "difference of philosophy," but he did not elaborate.

"It was decided by both sides that this was probably the best thing to do," MacLean said.

The announcement was made before the Blue Jackets' 6-0 loss at Colorado on Tuesday night. Columbus has the worst record (10-23-4-3) in the Western Conference.

Brown had been the team's top assistant after MacLean fired Dave King and took over as head coach in January 2003. MacLean stepped down as head coach last week, keeping his other titles, and picked assistant Gerard Gallant to succeed him as head coach.

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