Posts Tagged ‘howson’

A superstar that wants to play in Ohio? Trade him!

February 15, 2012

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the midst of their worst ever season after spending all of their cap money to bolster the attack. Team captain Rick Nash reportedly has been asked to waive his no trade clause and accept a move elsewhere. Nash has been a patient man as the front office has promised him for years to build around him. At this point he looks to be the scapegoat for poor trades and drafting. Nash has been one of the few bright spots for the Jackets.

General Manager Scott Howson would be fired in most pro sports cities. His record is abysmal and his team building has been random patchwork. Only in Columbus would he be given carte blanche to rebuild something he couldn’t build in the first place. If Nash has to be traded, this man should not be the one doing it. This cycle of team building has been a failure and so has Howson.

I’m not sure how this turns out but Nash deserves better than having his loyalty and contract signing of 8 years being thrown out after 2. The Columbus hockey squad will wait a long time for a player of his caliber than wants to play here.

Jackets problems run deeper than Arniel

January 12, 2012

When the Columbus Blue Jackets fired Scott Arniel last week, my first thought was “good”,” about time” and “why not sooner?”. The team has struggled as long as he had been in charge. Attendance is falling at an incredible rate and fan apathy is at an all time high. Young players aren’t being developed either.

 

After some reflection I thought, why not Howson too? He has been in charge of picking players an coaches for a few years now. The team has been terrible on his watch. No General Manager in pro sports has a record as poor as his and is still employed.

Then I got to the heart of the matter. As long as the current ownership is in place, firing anyone is a mercy firing. Howson and Arniel are poor. The changes won’t change anything unless there is some commitment to winning from the top.