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Columbus GM expects to be trading away players

Jan 9, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

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Apparently firing coach Scott Arniel was only the beginning.

Columbus general manager Scott Howson told reporters today to expect more personnel moves in an effort to salvage something from the Blue Jackets’ disastrous season. (Or, at the very least, cut payroll and mitigate what are sure to be significant financial losses for ownership.)

“We anticipate that we will be trading away some of our players,” Howson said.

Though the embattled GM wouldn’t specify, the potential trade candidates are many:

Pending UFA forward Vaclav Prospal has playoff rental written all over him.

Forward Samuel Pahlsson might not be worth his $2.65 million cap hit, but with an expiring contract, the veteran could be a worthwhile addition for a playoff team at the deadline. Remember, cap space isn’t an issue for a lot of contenders.

Forwards RJ Umberger, Antoine Vermette and Derrick Brassard – along with defenseman Marc Methot – are each signed for multiple more years, but neither has a no-trade clause.

Rick Nash has been at the center of trade speculation, though Howson has denied interest in moving his star forward.

Jeff Carter has a no-trade clause; however, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t waive it to get the hell out of, er, if Columbus wanted to move him.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Nash —-> Leafs

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      No Leafs fans on here today?

  2. imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Five games for Marchand.

  3. spokedjackets - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Wrong Marchand post, dummy.

    And god I hate Scott Howson. Hope he dumps all the bad contracts then get fired himself so someone who knows a thing or two can start fresh.

    • pens919209 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Keep in mind that Craig Patrick was hired as a ‘consultant’ (or whatever term they used to name his position) not too long ago. Things could be setting up for him to eventually take over as GM.

      • spokedjackets - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

        Great point. I would love that move, and it looks like it could go that way, but as a Jackets follower the cliche holds true-Ill believe it when I see it.

  4. mojosmagic - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    How about trading yourself for Bozo The Clown. That is if the circus pulls the trigger on the deal.

  5. mojosmagic - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    How about trading yourself for Bobo The Clown. That is if the circus will pull the trigger on the deal.

  6. polegojim - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Nash to the Avs. Bank it.

    Sadly, Columbus has actually never left…. next season mode.

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