Apr 23, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a game winning goal during the overtime period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Hinote will not return to Blue Jackets

Assistant Coach Dan Hinote will not return to the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff next season. The club announced the news Tuesday, stating that Hinote will be moving to Chicago over the summer due to a family matter.

Hinote has been with the Blue Jackets since the 2010-11 campaign. Last season, the team went 43-32-7 and went to the playoffs only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins the the Eastern Conference First Round. This was the second playoff appearance in franchise history.

“I have had a great time in Columbus, and I’ll always have fond memories of my time with the Blue Jackets,” Hinote said. “It’s been a privilege — a great experience — to be a part of this organization.”

Associate coach Craig Hartsburg and goaltending coach Ian Clark are still expected to sign deals for contract extensions in the near future.

“I’m disappointed that Dan won’t be continuing the work we’ve started here, but I understand his desire and need to put family matters first,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “He has been a great asset to our staff and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication.”

After nine seasons in the NHL between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues, Hinote found his home in Columbus three seasons ago as the third assistant coach. He was promoted to second assistant after one year. He was due for a contract extension prior to giving the franchise the news.

No further statements were given beyond a vague family matter. The Blue Jackets will now begin searching for a replacement. General manager  Jarmo Kekalainen stated that two assistant coaches may be hired if the right fit is found.

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