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Howson interviewed by Canucks? Don’t laugh

May 19, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

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OK fine, you can laugh a bit. But not too hard, because while Scott Howson’s time as general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets was widely considered just that — laughable — some of his moves are looking considerably better with time.

(By the way, this post stems from a report by Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman that Howson, currently in the Oilers’ front office, was recently in Vancouver to interview for the vacant GM position there.)

For me, Howson’s biggest mistake with the Jackets was rolling the dice with Steve Mason in goal. But to be fair, Howson did eventually solve the team’s goaltending issues by getting Sergei Bobrovsky out of Philadelphia. He just solved it way too late.

Howson also drafted Ryan Johansen with the fourth overall pick in 2010, and perhaps more significantly for his potential candidacy with Vancouver (read this), had some later-round successes with the likes of Boone Jenner, David Savard, Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson.

Having said all that, selling Howson to Vancouver hockey fans (translation: the people who buy the tickets) could be a challenge. His brand was badly damaged during his time in Columbus, and the Canucks are already a damaged brand themselves.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - May 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    You all laugh, but if you have ever seen the Seinfeld episode where George does the complete opposite of instincts and has tremendous success, that could totally work for Howson in another GM position.

    • hockey412 - May 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Not sure I agree, as much as I enjoy making fun of the guy Jason kind of nails it on the head here. CBJ fans mostly agreed that they are proud of those guys this season…but that’s Howson’s product on the ice, still. He was criticized also for the Nash trade, but is there a CBJ fan out there that wouldn’t make that trade, today? I agree that he made the goalie trade a little late…but it’s tough to fault him with Mason having the start to his career that he did.

      What move on this roster that lead to CBJ’s performance this year was not a product of Howson?

    • blomfeld - May 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM


      ps seriously: FU Lisa & Gina …

      • babykaby - May 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM


  2. r8rbhawk - May 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Too bad this story came out 10 mins before the Carey Price bombshell. This would have been the most commented story of the day, now we will be lucky to get 5-10 sarcastic remarks…

  3. 2qswing - May 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    He also engineered the Nash trade with the Rangers with a gun to his head from Nash. By all rational observers, he did just fine on that deal despite the circumstances. Jack Johnson and a #1 for Carter is ok. But he should not have brought Carter here in the first place. All in all, his record in C-Bus is not as lopsided as one would think. He left this team is pretty good shape.

    • withseidelinn - May 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      I think Jack Johnson and a 1st rounder for Jeff Carter is a great deal. Carter is good, but personally I think he’s overrated. Hasn’t had a dominant season since 2008-2009 when he put up 84 points with the Flyers. He puts up good secondary offence for LAK, but they probably want more out of him (consistent 30 goal scorer). I’d say CBJ won that trade. And no I am not a fan.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    You’d be crazy to bring this guy in as the face of your front office into a smart hockey market. If he’s great, bring him in as an assistant but at this point ownership needs to boost confidence.

  5. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I think the article summed it up nicely. It’s his “brand” that has the bad rep, but when you look deeper, his ingredients don’t look too bad.

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