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Howson gets four big question marks for Nash

Jul 23, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is already taking heat for trading Rick Nash to the Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

After repeatedly promising to hold out for a return befitting “an elite player,” what Howson got were four question marks.

1. Dubinsky – a 26-year-old center coming off a 10-goal, 24-assist season; signed through 2014-15 with a $4.2 million cap hit.

2. Anisimov – a 24-year-old center that had 16 goals and 20 assists in 2011-12; set to become a restricted free agent next season.

3. Erixon – a 22-year-old defenseman with just 18 NHL games under his belt; drafted 23rd overall in 2009.

4. A first-round pick that’s likely to come late in the round.

Not that Howson didn’t acquire potential. Dubinsky is a two-time 20-goal scorer that may benefit from a change in scenery and an increased role in the offense. Anisimov had 10 points in the playoffs, tied for fourth on the Rangers. Erixon is still young, and defenseman often take longer to develop. And there have been plenty of impact players drafted late in the first round.

But no matter what Howson says in the wake of the trade, you can bet he wanted – and expected to get – more.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, who broke the trade, “Howson managed this trade his way, but the components of this deal were available at the deadline and again at the draft.”

  1. tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I feel bad for the people of Columbus.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Great fans, tough breaks. Sorry CBJ.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      My advice to Ohio hockey fans. Start making your “Fire Howson” signs and show up to the games. In fact start making “Fire Howson – Hire Jim Nill” signs. Beg and plead with ownership to throw everything they can to pry Jim Nill from the Wings. He will get your team pointed in the right direction.

  2. govtminion - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    The worst part of this is that draft pick- because it’s a sure bet that Howson will blow that pick like he does every other one. Which means we have two players with big question marks on their performance from last year, a kid who has hardly any NHL experience, and a likely already ruined draft pick.

    NOW can they fire Howson?

  3. broadstbully33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    2 3rd liners lol. i bet if homer gave schenn philly would have half cbj roster

    • bdfools - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      They’re a bit better than 3rd liners, especially in Columbus.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Wow, I just get in and I see that Howson traded Nash for garbage. After all that talk about asking too much he settles for nothing?

    Amazingly bad GM who would be over his head in the CHL. I mean Howson was never qualified for the job in the 1st place. It was a shot in the dark hire. Haven’t they seen enough to know that he has been responsible for the team to remain at expansion level all these years?

    • tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      i wouldn’t exactly call dubinsky and anisimov garbage, but yeah, howson needs to go.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Torts sure didn’t think much of him all season. And with his contract. I’ll stand by my terminology.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        I mean Dub and Ani are boarderline 2nd liners, the type of 2nd liners you would like to upgrade from in the future. Very good 3rd liners no doubt. And with Dub making over 4 million, that’s just crap. The Rangers at the end of the day are adding less than 2 million to their cap for a guy that’s going to score 40, maybe 50.

        Two solid 3rd liners, a B prospect on D and a late 1st….yikes

  5. sjsharks66 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    So he demands Couture from the sharks for Nash. However will settle for this? This is almost as bad as trading Jeff carter for one of the most garbage defensemen in the league.

    Columbus sure knows how to run a franchise.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Sharks are better off without the trade for Nash. We’ll see how the year goes with Havlat, Burns, and Stuart settled in. Hopefully Marleau gets off his ass in the spring 😉

  6. tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    @theawesomersfranchise i understand what you mean. we like torts down in tampa ahah. i just wish that steve yzerman spent less on carle and picked up a half decent winger. we have no depth.

  7. mclovinhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Okay, two men walk into a bar… One of them is Scott Howson

  8. alexb64 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I’m shocked a guy that acts like he’s delusional & looks like a serial killer from a network crime show could come out of this looking bad.

  9. sergio408 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Howson could have done Nash For Pavelski from San Jose and that would have gave him more value then what he got from the Ramgers, so he preferred spare parts over a Top 15 Center?

  10. stakex - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    The funny part of all this is that the Rangers offer at the deadline was actually better. However as I have been saying from the start… Howson was gonna have to crawl back to one of the teams on Nash’s list and beg for a deal. He was simply asking for far too much, and it was clear most teams had no interest in even talking to them. In the end he got less from the Rangers then they offered at the deadline, and that just make the situation look so much worse.

  11. ravenscaps48 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    This may be one of the worst trades in Hockey History

  12. barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    …..for Columbus!

  13. jacketsfan7 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    @broadstbullies33 which schenn?

  14. jacketsfan7 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    @tbbolts91 don’t feel bad for us, all Ohio sports sucks so we just take it

    • tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      It must be very frustrating to be a CBJ fan (or player) and not be able to do anything while you watch Mr. Howson run your team into the ground. I know a lot of the fans there are faithful and I’d like to see the team at least make the playoffs. Not gonna happen under Howson…

  15. drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    There’s no way this was the best offer. Howson’s blown it again.

  16. babar61 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe he made this long and drawn out process of asking way too much to settling for this. What a moron. I hope things turns out well for colombus. They dont deserve anymore agony.

  17. Brian - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I get how Dubinsky has to be part of the trade to help even out the cap hit, but hoe can Howson make this trade without at least getting Del Zotto, not Erixon? I get that the Rangers wouldn’t offer Stepan or Kreider, among others, but Anisimov? There’s at least three other young Ranger forwards I’d have gone for before settling for Anisimov, starting with Hagelin.

  18. sergeikremlin - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Howson was always going to look bad coming out of this deal. You don’t trade a Rick Nash away and feel like you’ve won the trade, ever. Also, we all knew he was aiming way high to get something decent. Pure tactics.

    The pick-up of Dubinsky is a great addition to Columbus. He is a big, strong center that brings one thing Columbus lacks: compete level. He, along with Foligno, will change the attitude of that team, making them less easy to play again. I also think he will thrive in an expanded role.

    Erixon is a stud prospect and really adds to the upcoming depth of the Jackets’ defense. Along with Murray, Moore, and Johnson, they are starting to build the right way, from the back end out.

    The big question mark is Anisimov. We all know the history of Russians flaking out in CBJ, but at least Artem is a huge center who has put up significant points in a limiting role with NYR. Putting him in CBJ he could either boom or bust. Very interested to watch how he plays with the Jackets.

    It’s always great to land a first rounder, as they are valuable assets to use in a trade or to take another swing at a player.

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