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What they’re saying about the Rick Nash trade

Jul 23, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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The early verdicts are in on the deal that has Rick Nash going to the Rangers in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a 2014 first round pick — and they’re not favorable for Columbus GM Scott Howson.

Here’s a sampling of what folks are tweeting….

Mike Harrington, Buffalo News: “So how exactly does Scott Howson still have a job after this fiasco?”

Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News: “You would almost think Scott Howson was trying to blow up the Blue Jackets. Better off playing with disgruntled captain than that trade.”

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun: “The Jackets needed to a hit a home run with this deal. This is not a home run. They had better offers at the trade deadline.”

Steve Zipay, Newsday: “Rangers are sending Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, 1st rounder to Columbus for Rick Nash. Not as much as trade deadline offer.”

Tom Gulitti, “Howson was in a tough spot, but it looks like he caved just to trade Nash rather than hold out for value.”

James Cybulski, TSN: “How does it take Carolina and Pitt 24 hours to make a fair Staal deal, and yet the Nash trade takes 5 months to agree on that package?”

Jason Brough, ProHockeyTalk: “‘Fine. Screw it. WHATEVER!’ — Scott Howson to Glen Sather”

Damien Cox, Toronto Star: “And, after months of dithering, Blue Jackets make a crap deal for Nash. Go for volume rather than quality. Dumb.”

Sean Gentile, Sporting News: “Look at the vitriol for Howson. That’s why you don’t make insane demands for months on end. Now he gets killed for an appropriate return.”

Seth Rorabaugh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Car dealers in Central Ohio are suddenly preparing mass mailings for Scott Howson’s home address…”

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun: “Columbus didn’t get a Top 6 forward or a defenceman for Rick Nash. Please explain, Scott Howson?

Bobby Holik: “Scott Howson finally earned contract extension. #sarcasm”

And finally, what might be the most telling tweet of them all…

Doug MacLean, Sportsnet (and former Columbus GM!): “If these names are right this is a disaster for cbj.”

  1. noisetheorem - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    “If these names are right this is a disaster for cbj.”

    What about CBJ *isn’t* a disaster?

    • cincycbjfan - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      Although I might agree with his comment, that idiot MacLean (who is part of the reason the CBJ have stunk for most of their existence) would have made a negative comment even if this was the best trade ever consummated in pro sports… HUGE chip on his shoulder.
      Most “true” CBJ Fans (there aren’t many of us left) ignore any vile that comes out of that man’s mouth!

      But, on the surface, the trade looks to stink for the CBJ…

  2. hallsy19 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The Bruins got more for Joe Thornton…and that trade was HORRENDOUS! Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm for Joe Thornton, who went on to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies that year.

    • phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Well to be fair, they did use the money saved from Thornton to sign Chara and Savard.

      • hallsy19 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Money spent in FA on Chara and Savard was spent by a different GM. This trade got Mike O’Connell fired in Boston. Scott Howson’s days are numbered.

  3. zaksyuk - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Division or not he should have took Fillpula Nyquist and 1st rounder from detroit, FAILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  4. muir6 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM


  5. polegojim - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Flat idiotic…. amazing…. incredibly foolish….

    They think the RED WINGS are their arch-rivals???

    NO! Their arch rival is SCOTT HOWSON.

  6. polegojim - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Fact is – other offers were withdrawn because he WASTED peoples time for SOOOO long.

  7. gunnyhighway88 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    WOW. I feel sorry for Columbus fans because this trade is terrible.

  8. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    After seeing this:

    I cant imagine how that group feels now… ugh.

  9. cowboys282 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    How does this guy have a job in the NHL? What a horrible trade. Bruins really missed out on this one if that was all that was needed to get Nash. Disgusting.

  10. sjtorpitt - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    2 3rd liners a ok prospect, and probably a very late first round pick. C’mon howson

  11. govtminion - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Incredible. Just incredible.

    • teaspoon1731 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      As a Rangers fan, these were my exact words. Though with sooooo many more exclamation marks.

  12. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I really hope Columbus is in my team’s division when reallignment occurs. please.please.please. PLEASE!

    • emoser - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      No you don’t. Howson only lets teams outside of his division fleece him on trades.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        I don’t care about trading for his player’s I just want 3 or 4 easy wins a year because his team sucks.

  13. DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun: “Columbus didn’t get a Top 6 forward or a defenceman for Rick Nash. Please explain, Scott Howson?

    Considering the lack of depth in Columbus on offense, Dubinsky and Anisimov both have a chance to be top 6 forwards.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      There’s a big difference between PLAYING the minutes of a top six forward and BEING a top six forward. These guys are not what CBJ needed, verrryyyy questionable deal by Howson.

  14. sharksfan754 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Waiting for east96st to post… But in the mean time what are the requirements to be GM in Columbus? I own several years of EA’s NHL series and I feel like I’m over qualified

    • east96st - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Not alot to say, really. It’s not really unexpected. This is why I gave up my tickets. Incompetence is embraced and rewarded within the CBJ organization. I sincerely wish Rick nothing but the best. He is class act and he deserves a chance to win. Having been born and raised in NYC, I don’t believe that the city is a good fit for Rick. He’s a quiet, reserved guy that likes his privacy. But it was clear he needed to leave Columbus. ANYONE who likes hockey needs to leave Columbus. Howson, Priest, and McConnell should be embarrassed & ashamed. But they’re not. And that’s why that won’t see a single dime more from me. I’m done. Can’t do this to myself anymore.

  15. ndrick731 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    He could have gotten more trading with as AHL team. What a jackass.

  16. ray2013 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I have been saying for a while that I thought that Steve Tambellini is the worst GM in the NHL. I stand corrected.

    • govtminion - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      *Brian Burke quietly ducks under his desk*

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

      google “Mike Smith teemu selanne trade”. I don’t think Howson is THAT bad yet.

  17. scoops1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Even the guys at EA sports would make it possible to void this trade in NHL ’12

  18. meynbass - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM


  19. 1337ryan - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I love that Howson is getting a beating on this and no one is giving Sather credit at the same time. Sather still has 100’s of bonehead decisions to make up for.

    • DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Sather tends to be decent at making trades but lousy when it comes to signing free agents.

    • jkay1818 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      he also drafted a ton of really good players, he reconstructed their entire franchise. A lot of their signings were due to dolan pressuring him since sather never played with that kind of money before.
      Now he is doing it his way.

      • eastcoastcynic - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        He did screw the pooch a few years ago drafting Dylan McIlrath–a D whose fighting and hitting skill set could have been grabbed in later rounds–instead of a offensively skilled D man like Cam Fowler.

  20. malkinrulez - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    All I can say is wow

  21. stakex - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    its clear what happened. Howson had a fair offer from the Rangers at the deadline and blew it off. So when no one else was willing to take Nash thanks in large part to Howson’s outrageous demands, he had to crawl back to the Rangers to beg for a deal. Sather for a change did the smart thing, and made an even weaker offer that Howson pretty much had to accept.

    Glad to see the Rangers pick up Nash for a song and dance… but Howson should be fired.

  22. dawglb - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    If the Columbus GM is found to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol, can this deal be nullified? WTF was he thinking???? This is bad news for the East.

  23. j0ey15 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Let’s look at this in the positive way.. Glen Sather is finally earning his money lol

  24. bbk1000 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    The CBJ (BJ’s) received good players in return for Nash, who isn’t the most consistent to say the least.

    Everybody hates the Rangers….

  25. jkaflagg - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I’ve been very lonely the past several weeks defending Howson for holding out for a quality return for Nash, and now this……

  26. kgun80 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    What a joke… But since it was the Rangers who got him, he will be overhyped,overpaid,and under perform. You can bet on it !!!

  27. barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    What if this trade had gone down at the trade deadline? Would the Cup be residing on the east coast instead of LA?
    I, for one, was hoping this trade would have happened at the deadline. I think Nash may be the missing piece for the Rangers to win it all. Dubi and Anisimov were inconsistent, at best. Erixon has a big up side (although he wouldn’t sign in Calgary, wonder what he is thinking now?). Even if the Rangers had to throw DelZ into this trade, I still would have called this a good deal for them. Howson not getting at least Stepan or DelZ in this deal is weak on his end. However, he was the one that threw Nash under the bus with his presser after the deadline, so I feel it is his own fault that he has limited his final return for Nash.

    • barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      But, in his defense, Dubi and Anisimov have TREMENDOUS potential to be very good players, and they are both very young yet.

  28. ray2013 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    The primary defensive focus of any team playing CBJ was Nash. He never played with an elite center, IMO. Still scored 30-40 goals a year, and now has a couple pretty good centers to play with, and he’s just entering his prime.

    Sather won this deal, and he never had to give up any of their top prospects.

  29. odj810 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I just don’t think he was going to get a better offer. Was it what he could have got at the trade deadline last year? no he could have got more then. He made the mistake on holding out for a better offer. But as of right now I don’t think he was going to get offered more.

  30. wicky888 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Reminds me of NHL 97 where you could trade 3 players with a combined ranking of 120 for a perfect 100 rated all star. Man I had a good team that year.

  31. theageofquarrel - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Howson has been hanging out with Craig Patrick too much.
    Remember Markus Naslund traded for Alek Stojanov or what was the equivalent of a puck?
    Yeah,Howson better quit.

  32. moturnovers24 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Let’s go rangers

  33. sergeikremlin - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    So does this mean we don’t have to read the name “Aaron Portzline” in every other article? I feel like I’m related to the guy after all the speculation and him being the only hockey reporter in CBJ.

  34. fugubeach - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    James Dolan > Howson

  35. xjokerz - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    To bad my wings couldnt get in on this rape fest

  36. hanza26 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:59 AM


  37. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I guess he isn’t want to get anyone with star quality back for Nash. Then he might have to fly to their vacation house and convince them to show up and play.

    Is that d man they got for Carter any good maybe Homey can swindle him too.

    Maybe howson doing an Ed wade. part of the deal was When he gets fired. Rangers give him a job.

  38. rpiotr01 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Not taking anything away from the immense steal this was for the Rangers, but we have to take into account that the 6 year, 8 million dollar per year cap hit for one player counts as a piece of this trade for the Rangers, and would for any team dealing for the guy.

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