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No Playoffs Again

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

There’s a perfectly sound reason why Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t comment publicly when GM Scott Howson moved captain Adam Foote at the trade deadline.

It’s because he didn’t want to say anything he’d later regret.

With that one deal, Howson cut the guts out of his team and ensured it would remain the only one in NHL history to have yet to play in a playoff game.

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Depression Sets In

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock somberly said his players were shocked over losing their friends and leaders, and it almost seemed that way afterward. In contrast to a surprisingly upbeat morning—when players were given a chance to vent over the trades that were made and the ones that weren’t and then seemed ready for the task—last night they seemed, well, depressed.

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Columbus Looks Ahead

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The trades, Howson said, should not be read as a sign that management has given up on this season.

“I’m excited about this year and the future,” Howson said.

But it’s a tough blow to many players and, certainly, a tough sell to an agitated fan base.

“There will be a lot of disappointment that Adam won’t be there,” center Michael Peca said. “No disrespect to Sergei, but this is more so about Adam, because he was a big piece of this puzzle.

Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has never missed the playoffs when he has spent a full season with a team, did not want to comment.

“We’re going to meet with the players (today), Hitch and I,” Howson said. “We’ll talk about it, I’ll tell them my feelings and then we’ll move forward.”

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Adam Foote to Avalanche

Sportsnet is reporting “breaking news” that Adam Foote was been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Colorado Avalanche.

TSN has also been mentioning this trade.  More details to follow at TSN.

Update 1:06pm ET: Pierre McGuire on TSN is now stating that he believes Foote was acquired for a first round pick.

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Columbus Waiting On Richards

from the Columbus Dispatch,

If Richards joins the Blue Jackets, an NHL source said, Howson is more likely to do what it takes to sign Foote and make a full-on push for the playoffs, perhaps acquiring other players, as well.

If Richards does not choose Columbus, or is not traded, and if Foote won’t budge from his $4 million per season stance, it makes it more likely that Howson will trade Foote and possibly others.

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Columbus Still Working On Deal For Foote

from Puck-rakers,

With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Blue Jackets are continuing to negotiate a contract extension with captain Adam Foote, while a possible trade for Tampa Bay center Brad Richards remains in play.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson expects to speak with Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, either later tonight or early Tuesday.

The two sides are working on a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.

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What Columbus Could Offer For Richards

from Puck-rakers,

I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.

That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”

The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.

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Columbus Could Be Busy On Monday

from Puck-rakers,

Take a deep breath, Jackets fans, because trade talks will accelerate on Monday.

I spoke to Scott Howson several minutes ago and he doesn’t expect any movement today (Sunday), but added “tomorrow should be a busy day.” That doesn’t mean there will be a deal, only that the intensity gets turned way up.

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With Playoffs In Sight, Columbus Needs The Right Moves

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

That doesn’t mean Howson should hold out hope for a miracle and hang onto every pending free agent he doesn’t plan to sign at the end of the season. It doesn’t mean he should feel compelled to sit there facing a gaping hole in his roster and have nothing to show for it. What it means is that he shouldn’t start dealing players who might help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs—for draft picks.

At this point in franchise history, “draft picks” are dirty words to most Blue Jackets fans. After seven seasons, a handful a draft picks means about as much to them as a handful of potato chips. No one wants to sacrifice even a remote chance to make the playoffs for more draft-day fliers. Unless we’re talking about a high first-rounder, it’s probably not worth the risk.

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Richards Would Look Good In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Rumor is, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards is available and the Blue Jackets are making a pitch. This is juicy.

The rumor first floated on TSN, the Canadian sports-television network, on Wednesday. TSN suggested that the Jackets were “front-runners” in the bidding. Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline confirmed as much, and reported that the Jackets had two scouts, including Don Boyd, director of player personnel, scouting the Lightning-Islanders game Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.

Oh, man, if the Jackets can get their hands on this guy . . . he’s perfect for them.

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