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Hockey Is Howson’s Passion

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

“I was intrigued by law school,” the 47-year-old Howson told me shortly after he was hired to replace Doug MacLean, the Jackets’ only other GM, in June. “I worked in law for a large firm in Toronto for three years and enjoyed the experience. I really had no interest in getting into hockey management when I quit playing and became a lawyer, but the time away from hockey rekindled my passion for the game.
“I realized that law wasn’t a passion of mine. Hockey was.”

read on and some Central Division notes too…

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Blue Jackets About To Announce Voracek Signing

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with first-round draft pick Jakub Voracek, The Dispatch has learned.
An announcement is expected today.
General manager Scott Howson would not comment when reached last night.
Voracek, a right winger who was the seventh overall pick in June, will make $875,000 in each of his first three NHL seasons under terms set by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
The contract won’t start until Voracek spends at least 10 games in the NHL, or until the 2009-10 season.
He’ll be given a chance to make the Blue Jackets at training camp in September but is likely to return to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for one more season of junior hockey.

continued

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Breaking Down The Central

Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline is passing out summer grades to the NHL teams in the Central Division.
Nashville and Columbus fans, you won’t be happy.

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Fresh Start For Zherdev

from the Columbus Dispatch,

This is a make-or-break season for Zherdev, still only 22 years old but already saddled with a reputation for being moody, selfish and immature. Howson has heard the stories. Now he wants to meet Zherdev face to face for the first time.
“We appreciate the outreach,” Hedges said. “It makes sense for (Howson) to make sure everybody’s on the same page heading into training camp. … The relationship isn’t with the GM, it’s with his coaches and teammates. But we’re hoping a new GM can convince Nikolai that there’s an opportunity here for him.
“But … Nik’s the one who’s got to make it happen.”...
It looks as if a messy divorce has been delayed for now. Zherdev won’t be traded.

read on

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Columbus Confident With Their Goaltending

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“We’ve had a couple of calls from agents wondering if we have interest in their clients,” Howson said.
But the conversations have been brief, always ending with a “No, thanks.”
“We believe in the two goaltenders we have,” Howson said. “It’s just as simple as that.”
The Blue Jackets will head to training camp with oft-injured Pascal Leclaire and veteran Fredrik Norrena duking it out for the No. 1 job.
It’s not among the most highly regarded 1-2 punches in the NHL, but Howson doesn’t appear worried.

read on

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Blue Jackets In Building Mode

from the Columbus Dispatch,

It’s clear after barely three weeks on the job that general manager Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock are on the same page, firm in their belief that the Blue Jackets—with so many young, unproven NHL players on their roster—must now swallow the bitter medicine that comes with young players getting on-the-job experience in the big leagues.
“We’re building,” Howson said earlier this week. “We have to take those steps it takes to build that championship team. This team will be part of that process.”

read on

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Your 2007-08 Blue Jackets

from Arace on hockey at the Columbus Dispatch,

You don’t have to be Toe Blake to figure this out, but here’s what I’ve got for the forward lines:
Rick Nash-Sergei Fedorov-David Vyborny.
Fredrik Modin-Jiri Novotny-Nikolai Zherdev.
Jason Chimera-Alexander Svitov-Dan Fritsche
Jody Shelley-Manny Malhotra-Gilbert Brule
There he is, the Blue Jackets’ huge free-agent splash, ladies and gentlemen . . . Jiri Novotny. Yowza.
New GM Scott Howson has been charged with maintaining a budget and he’s playing Moneyball, looking for complimentary players he thinks will have a chance to flourish. In a way, it’s refreshing.

more

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Odds and Ends Signings…

Columbus Blue Jackets:
From TSN,

Jiri Novotny has signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 23-year-old rookie split time between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals in 2006/07


Ottawa Senators:
Sportsnet.ca’s trade tracker notes that both Matt Carkner (1 year) and Danny Bois (2 years) have been signed by the club. No financial terms available.

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Stay Away Sergei

from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

If given the chance, Sergei Fedorov should tell Wings fans to “Shove it!”
There’s discussion that Columbus might buy out the remainder of Fedorov’s contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Wings could be interested: They could get him reasonably cheap and he remains one of the NHL’s best two-way players.

continued... Geez Drew, one of the best two-way players?

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Brule Striving For Consistency

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’ve always been very consistent and I got away from that last year,” Brule said. “I want to make this year a straight line rather than a roller coaster. I’m glad I’m here. I want to be pushed, and I’m going to push back.”
From the outside, the perception is Brule’s presence in prospects camp is some kind of punishment. More likely, it’s the new status quo. Hitchcock sounds something like Darth Vader when he starts talking about training camp in September. He and new general manager Scott Howson have been preaching “the players decide who makes the team” and this message, by all indications, will be applied in practice.

read on

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