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Howson on trades: “We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”

Feb 21, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

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With all the trade rumors surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s easy to get caught up in the Rick Nash hoopla. After all, he’s the biggest name believed to be available on the market and if he is to be traded, he’s going to fetch the biggest return.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, however, wants people to not lose their minds over what figures to be a very busy week ahead for him and the Columbus franchise as he tells Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.

“We’re waiting for the right deals,” Howson said. “We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”

Howson says there are no deals imminent right now but with Nash getting a lot of interest from teams like the Kings, Maple Leafs, Rangers, and Flyers as well as center Jeff Carter being actively dangled by the team as well, things won’t stay quiet in Columbus for very long.

Along with Nash and Carter, it’s believed that a number of other players could be had at the right price. Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, and R.J. Umberger come to mind here as other trade possibilities. Regardless, it appears we’re about to see a huge change with a franchise that tried to jump into the fire in a big way and failed. This is where Homer Simpson would say that the lesson is to never try.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Call Washington. Please. Even players on the awful Blue Jackets try harder than the Caps did yesterday.

  2. miketoasty - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I wander if there has ever been an all star game where there was not one attendee from the host city, because if Columbus is going to sell off the farm, that may be what we see next year.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Since the mandate is to have one player from each team, they’d likely have at least one player (maybe Johansen?) attend. Depending on who they get back in a trade, any of those players could be a candidate as well. Not all is lost, but it’s tough times for CBJ.

      • miketoasty - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        Hmmm, didn’t know it was a rule that every team HAS to have at least one player go, well that saves Columbus from getting embarrassed.

  3. tribesofneurot - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Umberger could come back and play for his hometown team.

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