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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
“I didn’t know it was coming, no,” Howson told The Dispatch Saturday in his first public comments since the firing. “But I wasn’t shocked by it, either, because you knew a new person (Davidson) was coming in and change was possible.
“Hey, I had 5 1/2 years here. I had a great opportunity. We didn’t win enough. And when you don’t have sustained success, you open yourself up to being replaced. It’s professional sports. We all know that going in.”
Howson said his conversation with Davidson on Tuesday was “professional and quick.”
“These things are never easy for anybody,” Howson said. “I’m disappointed, but I’m not mad. That’s not in me. John needed somebody in the GM’s chair that he’s completely comfortable with, and I respect and understand that.”
The Blue Jackets require most of their fired employees to sign agreements not to publicly disparage the club for at least a year after they are let go. In Howson’s case, it might not be an issue either way. Per his contract, he will be paid one year or more from the date of his firing, but he’s not bitter.
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.
from Scott Howson at the Blue Jackets website,
I spoke with (NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations) Colin Campbell on two occasions after the game. Sometimes in watching the game on television there can be confusion with respect to the game clock. Some television broadcasts use their own game clock that is not official with the rink. However, and after double checking, Colin confirmed that we were actually seeing the official game clock stop for one full second. Therefore, when you do the math, Drew Doughty actually scored 0.4 seconds after time had expired, which means the goal should have been disallowed and should have gone to overtime. Colin has promised me that the NHL will investigate this to try and figure out how this happened.
It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at STAPLES Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2-2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second. I can only think of two ways in which this would have happened. Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned.
It’s easy to say that this doesn’t matter. We, the Blue Jackets, are in last place and it is likely not going to affect our place in the standings. However, in my opinion, this matters in many respects.
added 5:04pm, Howson decided to pull the blog, so the link no longer works…
from Scott Howson at the Columbus Blue Jackets website,
Our fans have been remarkably patient with our franchise. We understand the anger and frustration that has built up over the past decade makes this about more than just the present. All I can tell you is that we are working together to look for solutions every day.
I am an admirer of Bill Walsh and in his book “The Score Takes Care of Itself” he emphasizes that after any setback you have to tell yourself, “I am going to stand and fight again.” We can’t change the first eight games, but we will stand and fight starting tonight. We will focus on being the best we can be today and then being better tomorrow.
Ninety percent of our season remains and that is more than enough time to reach the goals we set for ourselves. We are bent, but not broken, and very determined to get back on track.
From Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers:
Blue Jackets left winger Kristian Huselius has suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights last weekend in Sweden, and will have surgery on Thursday in Columbus. He’s expected to miss 4 to 6 months.
“It’s a tough, tough injury for Kristian,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “He was still rehabilitating the hip (surgery in April) but was going to ready to go for training camp. This is a pretty significant setback.
“We’re looking at November at the earliest, and maybe January. It’s a pretty serious injury with a long recovery.”
Huselius flew with his family to Columbus on Tuesday to meet with Blue Jackets’ team doctors today.
Columbus fans submitted question for GM Scott Howson at Puck-rakers,
Q: Are the Jackets done adding NHL-caliber players to the roster for the offseason? The team is still nearly $9 million under the cap and there are teams out there looking to shed payroll. Has your phone been ringing a lot? Are you more likely to save that money in case you need it at the trade deadline?
A: “We are likely done adding NHL caliber roster players until we get through training camp and get a better feel where some of our young players are with respect to being ready to contribute at the NHL level. If possible, I believe that a NHL team should not operate close to the cap. You need flexibility to deal with injuries and opportunities that may arise. It is very quiet right now as it usually is in August but we are ready for any opportunities that may come our way.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent left wing Craig MacDonald to a one-year contract and re-signed center Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Both are two-way NHL-American Hockey League contracts and keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
MacDonald, 31, registered two goals and nine assists for 11 points and 16 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, setting career highs in assists, points and games played. He was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Now, it’s highly unlikely the deal in Tampa will go through. It’ll take a minor miracle for it all to get settled and go through before the end of the season. Thus, the Blue Jackets will have to keep on paying MacLean. The remainder they owe is about $450,000.
That money would come in handy right about now if general manager Scott Howson is eagerly working the trade market. Certainly, that would be some nice “play money” at the trade deadline.
A $450,000 chunk doesn’t sound like much. But if a $1.8 million player is acquired at the trade deadline, the salary he’s owed the rest of the season—about 1/4 of the way to go—is roughly $450,000. There are some pretty good $1.8M players out there.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Howson isn’t only a detail man, obviously. He has to paint the big picture for a franchise that has yet to make the NHL playoffs. Where the Jackets are headed and how they will get there depends on Howson as much as it does Hitchcock and the players. Fortunately, coach and GM complement one another.
“His strengths really balance with me. He’s a really patient, big-picture guy who sees things in months and years and I fight the daily fight, like all coaches do,” said Hitchcock. “Because he was a player at all levels, his ability to understand the team mindset at the end of competition is calming for me. You’re able to move past the emotion of the game and that’s important for me….”