Michael Arace commentary: Jackets must make a big splash this month | BlueJacketsXtra

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Blue Jackets fans need some good news. Maybe this is the month. The past four weeks have been a slog.
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Don Knotts

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With the inept Howson and the clueless Presit at the helm, I am not holding my breath for any exciting/positive news over the next four weeks.

I predict the CBJ draft yet another "can't miss" prospect at #8 because Howson will blow a trade opprotunity because we will want to patiently wait for a better offer. Soon after Howson will buy out Commodore and Huselius, his last two free agent prizes that were sure to take the Jackets to the promised land. Then on the opening day of free agency Howson will "make a splash" by replacing them by overpaying for Roman Hamrlik and Vaclav Prospal while promsing the fanbase that these two 30 somethings are still in the prime of their careers and are legit top line players.
Gray Matter

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Agree with your premise; however, just because you know Dineen, Tugnutt or Denis doesn't mean they are prime hires. The only tradition CBJ has is not making the playoffs 9 of 10 years.
Jake in RI

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1. You guys should have been writing articles like this five years ago and 2. this still isn't nearly harsh enough. Why aren't you howling for Don Boyd's head on a plate? He has presided over what is hands down the most inept decade of drafting in the history of the NHL. Is it exclusively his fault? No, but he is the Director of Scouting and the buck needs to stop with him.

In any other market he would have been run out of town on a rail, yet the Dispatch continues to soft soap the issue, you should be embarrassed.
Leslie Carrier

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I am confused the CBJ have never won a playoff game. Have been in 1 playoff series in their history and yet your bitter that people associated with an organization with such a "wonderful" record doesn't bring back any players associated with it to teach the new generation.
Lets start with the head coach situation the coach that was fired i.e. Hitchcock was an old school coach and yet after proving that system was not a good fit for this team you want to bring in another old school coach rather than someone who has new ideas and has proven those new ideas work.
Now to the goal tending coach if your handed a resume' that shows experience and success at the level and exact position your hiring for why would you bother interviewing people who have only been at a lesser level, This is a great hire for the CBJ and anyone who takes the time to judge it on its merit can see that.
My last point is simply how do you figure one month will make or break this season. If I'm not mistaken the draft takes place at the end of the month true enough however then there is free agency and trades etc. Get over your bitterness for whatever reason it's there, embrace the fresh breeze blowing through a stale organization, and lets change the losing culture this franchise has developed over the past 10 years.
Bodo

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With Rick Dudley being let go by the new Winnipeg brass, I wonder if there is a role to bring him in as team president and senior advisor to Howson. Having another serious hockey brain in the organization to work with Howson seems not only reasonable, but the right thing to do.

Nothing against Priest, but having him function purely in an administrative role to which he is best suited.

Alternatively, if nothing pans out for Hitchcock in coaching this summer, they need to take advantage of his hockey knowledge. As awkward as it could be working with the people that fired him, he seems to have the strength of character to overcome this, as evidenced by having Arniel act as an assistant for Team Canada.

I believe both Arniel and Howson are solid "hockey" people who have a lot of knowledge. But creating a real braintrust in the front office, where things can be discussed, and solutions discovered, is perhaps lacking at the moment.
Educated One

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Jun 7, 2011
 
I second bringing in Duds. He wasn't a great coach, but he helped build Buffalo, was with TB when they went to the cup a few years ago, was with Chicago before Tallon took all the credit and rearranged Atlanta last year (results will be seen in the next few years). CBJ needs an overhaul - Duds is the guy to help Howson grow some peaches and get the job done. I am still of the opinion that 1 superstar does not win Cups and I think Atlanta is better off because they converted Kovy to 2-3 NHLers - if it takes that to greatly improve the Jackets, then trade Nash for 2-3 NHLers (not future prospects). CBJ has alot of wholes to fill and anyone watching the playoffs can see our level of play is nowhere near the top teams. I still have faith but Arace is right - it is waning.

Since: Dec 10

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Jun 7, 2011
 
I am afraid that there are too many holes on this team. They cannot all be filled quickly. Even a trade or a major free agent signing (and from where will we find the money for a mjaor signing?) will not solve the problems.

As a Jackets fan, I am saddened. But there is no quick fix out there.

Note: Why give up on Huselius? Some fans may object that his game is "soft." But at least he can score. This team has too few scorers to "buy out" a player who, other than our top two, can actually put the puck in the net.
DfromBG

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Ian Clark coached a gold medal winning Olympic goalie and you're whining cause a couple former Blue Jacket goalies didnt get an interview? I want the most qualified / best person available for the job. Being a former Blue Jacket doesnt mean squat on the resume.
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Actually Mike, I'm sure you're among the vocal minority when it comes to feeling bad for the CBJ because someone else snatched up a coach that wasn't even in the discussion when it came down to it.

And you acknowledge Tugnutt and Denis didn't get an interview for the 'tending coach job, which, again, I would pose the question, "Why do certain media members expect this organization to be a charity for its former players?" Howson has no connection to these guys and he's the one doing the hiring.

I will agree with you about what I think you are saying about acquiring an impact-type player at the draft via a trade, as no one of any real skill is lining up to play in Columbus this offseason, the draft will be our only chance to acquire someone who can and should contribute a lot to next season.
Real Deal

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Jun 7, 2011
 
Arace,

I dont like you... but that was a better than average article for you!... I mean that as a compliment BTW!
eighth deadly sin

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Jun 7, 2011
 
With Brad Richards available and Hannan or ehrhoff any combination of two would suffice.Then Johansenwould have time to develop farther and moore/savard would have a mentor.Would ,coulda, shoulda are passe`and the 8th choice with huseliusand vermette to Dallas would be a good plan if Dallas would accept.(??)Maybe voracek instead?Don't forget mayorov,kana,or goloubef either!They possess nhl ability as welland might be able to make the jump soon.
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garbage article.

Take your midol, and leave the writing to the big boys.
Mabell

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Jun 7, 2011
 
The 8th pick needs to be moved - history shows we can't pick up anyone useful with it.

Let's move it to Edmonton - they are looking for another pick in the top ten. Gilbert could be available and would sure help out on defense - especially on the power play.
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Well said Mr. Arace.
put up or shut up

Columbus, OH

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Jun 8, 2011
 
PortiesMaloneGat e- you were the only post worth anything.
Coleman the Clown

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Jun 9, 2011
 
The Columbus Boring Jackets....led by Mr. Boring himself, Scott Howson.

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