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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?
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.
from All Things Av Blog at the Denver Post,
Well, Adam Foote has finally broken down and admitted he regrets the day he put pen to paper to go to Columbus, Ohio.
Foote told Colorado’s News 4 - there’s a shout to a TV station for some good journalism - the following: “”I’d be lying to you, and I think you all are aware, we love Colorado. … We wish we’d never left, but we did, it’s unfortunate, but, it’s a business — and one day, you never know….”
That’s doublespeak for: “Lord Almighty, if there’s a way I can possibly convince someone to get me out of this purgatory, I promise I’ll never ask for another thing, ever again. Please, please, Stan Kroenke, get me out of here.”
from the Gaylord Herald Times,
“I didn’t really know where I would go,” Weber said. “I had thought maybe the sixth or seventh round and then I heard the third, but I was very surprised when I heard my name called. I was glad my family and friends could enjoy it with me.”
Weber was happy to be drafted by the team that had spent the most time and effort scouting him. A natural rival with the Detroit Red Wings, Weber will fit in well with Columbus.
“They told me they hate the Wings more than anybody,” Weber said. “That’s good, because I don’t really care for them either.”
more on Weber…
From Bob Hunter at the Columbus-Dispatch,
The naysayers who said that Columbus would never be a hockey town should have been there. The city will always be known for football first, but last night provided further proof that if the Blue Jackets ever win, this place will go nuts.
Nationwide Arena was full for the first round of the draft. Full. That rarely happens anywhere, even in places where hockey is a clear No. 1. And the fans were into it.
When Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell was introduced, he was greeted by a thunderous ovation. He tried to start talking twice and had to stop because the cheering wouldn’t stop. Then, when he thanked “the fans, who have stuck with us through thick and thin, mostly thin,” he drew another roar.
There has been some talk Fedorov may be bought out… via the Edmonton Journal,
There’s a possibility the Jackets might buy out centre Sergei Fedorov’s last year (two thirds of $6 million, spread over two years for cap purposes), but they’ll probably bring back captain Adam Foote ($4 million) on the back-end, even though his best days are behind him.
Do you want him and what would you pay him?
frrom the Columbus Dispatch,
Howson will spend lots of time in the next few days with director of player personnel Don Boyd and director of amateur scouting Paul Castron, as well as the scouting staff.
“Generally, general managers rely on their scouts heavily heading into the draft,” Howson said. “I will have some input because I do know some of the players I am interested in, and I’ll be interested to hear their take on those players.
“I certainly know some of the players I am not interested in, and I’ll be interested to hear their take on those players.”
The Blue Jackets, at No. 7, appear to be stuck firmly in the second tier of elite players.
from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Scott Howson has agreed to a multi-year contract to serve as the general manager of the National Hockey League club. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
“I am very pleased to have Scott Howson join the Blue Jackets organization as general manager,” said Majority Owner and Chairman John H. McConnell. “In Scott, we know we found the right person to lead our hockey operations department. He is an extremely bright, hard-working individual who is widely respected and we couldn’t be more proud to have him in Columbus.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
...Priest means total control, in hiring, firing, everything. This control logically extends over coach Ken Hitchcock, but that’s not an issue at this point. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that the coach is one of the franchise’s greatest assets? Hitch knows Howson. They have bright minds that will mesh well. They’ll be fine together.
But that’s not the reason Howson will be hired.
Howson, 47, has a law degree from Osgoode Hill Law School at York University in Toronto. That’s an Ivy League-caliber degree. With the Oilers since 1994, he has managed the top farm team to great success, negotiated contracts, served as a point man on trades and weighed in on personnel decisions. And he has been the Oilers’ in-house salary-cap expert, a required commodity in a small market.
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
After a long and somewhat strange search for a new general manager, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the final stages of negotiations to name Edmonton Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson to their vacant position.
Barring any breakdowns in the talks, the Blue Jackets could make a formal announcement as early as Thursday and probably no later than Friday.
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