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Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is now a scout for the Oilers

Mar 12, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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Twitter is currently awash in snark after word surfaced that former Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is now connected to the Edmonton Oilers organization. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that he’ll act as a scout for the rest of this season.

One can only imagine the nearly limitless “blind leading the blind”-type jokes that will surface from this development.

Really, though, it’s common for teams to bring in former general managers, even if it’s just a short-term gig.

The most recent example came when the Anaheim Ducks brought former GM Brian Burke back as an interim scout after he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For some, this presents what would be (on paper) a nightmare scenario of Howson possibly taking over for current GM Steve Tambellini at some point. In that situation, Howson would be more like Burke’s successor Dave Nonis, instead.

Those negative types might be reading a little too much into this situation by imagining that scenario, yet it really shows that things haven’t progressed for the Oilers like many had hoped.

  1. bcsteele - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    This just in, Edmonton trades Hall for a draft pick and four hot dogs, with future considerations for beer…

    Sorry, couldn’t help it. Best of luck with the Oilers Howson.

  2. sheckyrimshot - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    might not be a bad move. they can just ask howson who he likes and cross them off the draft board.

  3. revansrevenant - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Let me try my hand. “Who is more foolish, the blind fool, or the blind man following him?”

  4. puckhogg - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    good luck Niles

  5. 2qswing - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Jackets ticket holder here. I have been plenty critical of SH over the years but lets be fair. It appears he made a pretty good deal for Nash under difficult circumstances. He left the new GM with stability on the blue line, Ryan Murray waiting, a #1 goaltender and three first round picks.

    • cweez2 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Oh yeah? Look what I left behind!

      – Brian Burke

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