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Howson prepared to go with Bobrovsky-Mason tandem

Jun 22, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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Columbus GM Scott Howson might not be done addressing his team’s goaltending situation after acquiring Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia, but he accomplished his mission for the draft.

“I wanted to come out of here with a goalie,” Howson told the Columbus Dispatch. “That was really important to me, and the market is shrinking fast. (Josh) Harding signed (in Minnesota), (Anders) Lindback got traded (to Tampa Bay) … the market became pretty scarce. That’s a factor in the price we paid.”

Howson says he’s comfortable heading into the season with Bobrovsky and Steve Mason battling for the starting position.

He also dismissed Bobrovsky’s “not great” numbers (.899 save percentage) in 2011-12 after an impressive rookie season.

“If you remember back to the Winter Classic this year, he was playing better than [Ilya] Bryzgalov,” said Howson. “He had an up and down year. That’s not uncommon for a young goaltender.”

To be sure, Howson would be taking a chance with a Bobrovsky-Mason tandem. But in fairness, what’s the alternative? He could make a play for Roberto Luongo; however, Luongo might not waive his no-trade clause to join the Blue Jackets.

After Luongo, the list of available goalies falls off a cliff in terms of quality. If you’re going to roll the dice, it might as well be on a still-developing 23-year-old.

  1. sens101 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    how does he still have a job? lol. I don’t really know how this improves the goaltending situation that much. Maybe it creates a little bit of competition for the young goalies, but with the lack of deptht that the team has both up front and on the blue line, both are probably set up for failure.

    • babar61 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      He has to have some kind of dirt on people to still be a gm. There is no other explination.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Whats the difference?

      If he would get any goalie in the league, the Blue Jackets will still be a re-building team and will miss the playoffs for another 2 years, minimum.

      Why not bring in a young goalie than someone like Luongo, whom he still might trade for if Vancouver is willing to take Mason.

      I think the move makes sense, and was smart to not get pressured into doing anything “extreme”

      -Wild fan.

      • sens101 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        true. I dont disagree with that. Theres no point in getting an older goalie. I just felt like the deal that the sens offered with Bishop, Foligno, Zibanejad and the first round pick was a way better fit for the jackets for the rebuilding process, and in my opinion, Bishop has more upside than bob, though brobovsky is three years younger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be biased because I dont even know if I want the sens to get Nash if its going to cost that much but i think if he pulled the trigger on that deal, he would have had greater leverage in that he could have used his excess picks draft or trade for more young players.

      • sens101 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        and I should add that this would all contribute to organizational depth at all positions.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        I think you are right but it was smart for him to turn down that deal at the time…. he will most likely get something just a bit better today.

        If your trading Nash, you need to get something that will guarantee work in the long run, I don’t think Bishop / Zibanejad / Foligno does that…. Both have good potential but nothing proven in the deal to make Howson pull the trigger.

        I do think Ottawa gave a great package for Nash but Howson is gun hold on something else, we will find out… if nothing else comes in today, he will have failed BADLY in my eyes


  2. ikillchicken - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    If the only good thing you can say about your goaltender is “He was sometimes better than Bryzgalov” then you’re in serious trouble.

  3. paperkid96 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    He sure put a lot of confidence in his new goalie didnt he. Wow. Must be employed because nobody else in the world will move to C-bus.

  4. davebabychreturns - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    “We learned our lesson betting an entire season on an inconsistent, sometimes shaky young goaltender. Now we have two of them.”

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