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Scott Howson might be delusional

Dec 19, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

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We might have to start worrying about Jackets GM Scott Howson’s sense of reality.

While we’ve seen six different teams make coaching changes this season, the Blue Jackets have held on to Scott Arniel despite having the worst record in the league. While that’s noble of Howson to stick to his guy, that’s not the most delusional thing he’s done this year.

Howson still thinks Columbus has a shot at the playoffs. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch relays Howson’s ability to hang on to that postseason dream and not recognize that the chase could very well be over before Santa Claus shows up.

Strange things happen in sports. We’ve certainly dug a hole for ourselves. It’s a requirement of being in pro sports to keep banging at the door, no matter what’s going on. So, no, I’m not going to acknowledge that.”

It’s noble that Howson is believing in his coach and his team to get things turned around enough to challenge for the postseason, but last year’s Devils were in a similar position (20 points in 33 games, 18 points out of eighth) and while they threatened to make the playoffs with an incredible run, they fell short in the end.

Columbus is just 15 points behind Dallas for eighth-place in the Western Conference right now, but if Howson is banking on a huge run to get them back into things, he’d better start looking for moves to make to try and fix things up. The Western Conference and Central Division a bit more difficult than what the Devils dealt with last year.

  1. contraryguy - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Math is on his side, logic is not.

    They’re trying to work Mason back into goal too, which I’m sure Howson thinks will end well. Ugh.

  2. bcisleman - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Been keeping track of things from the Islanders standpoint. Since the Isles not only are a few points ahead but also have games in hand on CLB, CLB’s road is that much tougher to hoe. Isles probably need about 70 of remaining 102 points to make playoffs which would require a .673 winning percentage. This is right around the pace the top teams have been keeping this season. In other words, its not impossible, but it would require the team in question to suddenly transform itself into an NHL powerhouse. The Isles achieved something of that nature the second half of last year although it was too late to get back in the mix. Unlikely, but not impossible.

    • bcisleman - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Should add that such a transformation might be more likely for a young developing team like the Isles. For example, Nino Niederreiter has struggled with injuries for the first part of the year and JT, while he has played effectively and gotten assists, has been in a goal scoring slump. With MacDonald and Eaton returning from injuries on defense, if JT and Nino start scoring in bunches, the Isles could start racking up points. Since CLB is more of a veteran team and their players have returned from injury, that would seem less likely for them IMHO.

  3. govtminion - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    A good draft this summer, and maybe they can pull it off next year. This year… sorry guys, that horrible start to the year sank you already. Unless one of your goalies starts doing his Tim Tebow impression and starts winning constantly, it’s over already in Ohio. Which sucks, because every year I start hoping this is the one where the Jackets really start to come together and look like a competitor.

  4. sonvar - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    As soon as we started this season expecting Mason to be the starter I thought he was delusional. We signed other goalies but none that were really established who at minimum would have serious consideration to compete with him for being the starter. I thought we still might be average but Mason has been worse than even I expected.

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