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Fans Are Watching Columbus Moves

from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,

With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.

The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.


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Buy Or Sell In Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Howson could be a buyer. He could trade part of the club’s future—a No. 1 draft pick, perhaps—to land a skilled center who could help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs for the first time. This would delight coach Ken Hitchcock and a significant portion of the fan base, who care only about winning today.

If Howson is a buyer, here are two names to keep in mind: Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders and Vaclav Prospal of Tampa Bay, both unrestricted free agents this summer.

more and the assumed value of some of the Columbus players…

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Keep Them Or Trade Them

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“If we think he or anyone else can help us get in, we’ll keep him,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said.

The question is, how close is close enough at the trade deadline? Only Howson can determine that, and he’s taking his time and keeping quiet. This is what we do know: Howson is not currently negotiating with Fedorov. Neither is he speaking with future unrestricted free agents Michael Peca, David Vyborny, Jan Hejda and Ron Hainsey. It is an indication that these players will be left to ply the market this summer. It follows, then, that any or all of them can be had in trade next week.


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Time To Talk Money

fromm Puck-rakers,

Howson confirmed Thursday morning he will be talking to Rick Curran either today or Friday about whether the Blue Jackets can afford to re-sign the team captain. Foote, 36, is an unrestricted free agent and is believed to be seeking a two- or three-year deal.

The general manager said he won’t need to talk to Foote again before discussing money with his agent. The Jackets have seven unrestricted free agents and Foote is the only one management is negotiating with, Howson said.

more on Columbus…

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It’s Over In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It was a nice run. The Blue Jackets for weeks and weeks have been injury-riddled and flu-ridden, and they’ve managed to stay in the playoff race. But it’s over now. Cue the bugler.

The Jackets are not good enough, as the past two games have made plain. The Los Angeles Kings came to Nationwide Arena on Sunday night, pushed around the home team and won in a shootout. The Chicago Blackhawks came in last night, played pond hockey and won 7-2. This was flag dropping, to the lowest degree.


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What’s Wrong With Vyborny

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I don’t want to call him the poster child,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but he’s in a position where we need more from him. After a while, after 35 or 40 games, it’s up to the player. It’s up to them to do more.”

Vyborny, 33, has had around 20 goals and 40 assists in each of the past three seasons, including a career-tying high 22 goals in 2005-06 and a career-high 48 assists last season.

That’s why his three goals and 13 assists in 48 games heading into a game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks are so befuddling.

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Lag On The Ice

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is considered a fact of NHL life that legs will be heavy when a team returns from the road, and that legs will be even heavier when a West Coast trip was part of the itinerary.

The Blue Jackets did nothing to dispel this notion last night, when they were beaten by the last-place Los Angeles Kings and their butcher of a goaltender, Dan Cloutier.

The Jackets lost 3-2 in a shootout and, as soon as the game was over, more than a few members of the home team noted that they spent Saturday flying cross country from San Jose, where they had lost in overtime Friday night.


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Columbus GM Meets With Foote

from Puck-rakers,

“I have no intention of trading Adam Foote if we’re in a playoff race,” Howson said. “But I must do what is best for the franchise.”

What constitutes a “playoff race” in Howson’s eyes? He says there is no magic number of points behind or ahead of the final playoff spot when making such a call. Also, he won’t put a hard date on when to make a decision.

The trading deadline is Feb. 26.

Howson spelled out a four-point criteria he will use in determining whether the Jackets are a contender:

read on

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Columbus Extends Chimera

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Jason Chimera to a four-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Chimera, 28, is the Blue Jackets’ fifth-leading scorer with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes in 55 games.  He also currently owns the longest games played streak in franchise history as last night’s game vs. the Washington Capitals was his 217th consecutive game dating back to Oct. 9, 2005


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Two Minutes For Interference On McCreary

Bill McCreary is one of the better refs in the NHL and things like this do happen at times, but not very often.

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