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by Paul on 02/28/12 at 10:59 AM ET
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets refused to trade his franchise player for anything less than a massive return before Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Then Scott Howson held a news conference and declared that it was Rick Nash who had asked for a trade in the first place, that it wasn’t the team that had asked Nash to waive his no-trade clause.
“Hey, the price was high, and I don’t apologize for that,” Howson said. “It had to be high.”
Howson doesn’t have to apologize for telling the truth, either.
In a sad, twisted way, this might have been Howson’s finest hour. He has made so many mistakes as the Jackets’ GM since June 2007, it’s amazing that ownership let him handle this situation – even with the help of senior advisor Craig Patrick, a veteran NHL executive. But he isn’t compounding his mistakes this time, and he finally is standing up for a franchise that has become the laughingstock of the league.
Howson said Nash asked for a trade in mid- to late January. The request had to be hard to hear. Nash was their captain, the face of their franchise, an elite scorer. He always had said all the right things about loving Columbus and wanting to win with the Blue Jackets. And now he wanted out.
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