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Hockey fan

Mount Vernon, OH

#1 Sep 21, 2010
I'm really hoping SH does NOT do this deal. At least not yet. I want to continue to see how our defense is coming along before SH makes any moves.

I think Commie is pissed off and highly motivated to have a strong season. So I'd rather have a pissed off Commie than Souray. Also, after watching Commie at camp on Sunday and Monday, I think he's looking very good and doesn't seem out of place at all in the new system.

Souray on the other hand, may have one hell of a shot, but it's also been noted that his skating ability may be lacking, which means he wouldn't be an upgrade with this new system. http://thehockeywriters.com/look-before-leapi... They offer a great look at this trade and after reading this as well as some other stuff, this deal should NOT be made.
Ed S

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 21, 2010
He really isn't worth the risk with that $5.4 mill a year where the man is injury prone doesn't play well with others and an all around Prima donna. People need to read this story before taking the Dispatch's propaganda on Souray to heart.


It is sad that that you Arace are writing fluff pieces about this guy. I know the Mr. Wolfe is upset that he might be losing money in the arena because fans aren't going to show up for the first month or so, but if this team starts winning the fan will be back in droves. Just like what happened two years ago, and exactly the opposite of what happened last year. Win and they will come should be the "motto" for this team this year.

Can you just write articles that pertain to what the team is doing like maybe a bigger story this morning about the Mason deal, or even the fact that tonight there is the first preseason game?

I will end this rant now but Fans don't immediately buy into this Souray trade just because the "wise" Dispatch Journalists are saying it would be good.

Falls Church, VA

#3 Sep 21, 2010
I'm definitely in favor of acquiring Souray; I believe he would be a very good addition to the roster. However, I don't think running Commie out of town is the right thing to do. When Commie first arrived in Columbus, he was the perfect compliment to Jan Hejda. At anytime, anyone can go through a rough patch in his career...Commie deserves the chance to redeem himself (I have no doubt he will). Instead of Commie for Souray, how 'bout "lazy-butt" Strahlman and "don't hit me" Huselius. While we're at it, throw in ineffective leader, Clark, and "I'm too good for this team" Methot.

Denver, CO

#4 Sep 21, 2010
It seems like we have too many forwards and a defensive prospect or 2 that we could trade. I think Huselius would be the first one out the door and maybe a defensive prospect (lower level) added in .
Hockey fan

Mount Vernon, OH

#5 Sep 21, 2010
Many people don't like Huselius, but throwing him out for Souray is a bit silly. He might not be as physical as some people like, and we all know that he can be streaky as hell, but he puts up some solid offensive numbers, which is what he was brought in for.

I still just don't see what Souray would bring us (besides that massive shot). Even if he stays healthy he wouldn't put up the numbers we need like Juice does. Honestly, if you haven't already read the article from thehockeywriters.com , read it. It offers some good perspective on what a deal for Souray would get us.
J Peters

United States

#6 Sep 21, 2010
I would argue that Souray would be the best defenseman we would have had....Arace do you remember Sydor? Singlehandedly the best player we had when he was here? Alwasy talking on the ice to get the players to know where the puck should be..... think about it? After we FINALLY get rid of our last prima donna Zherdev.......we hardly need more problems!

Muncie, IN

#7 Sep 21, 2010
Just curious, at least on my computer, why is Commodore's name on the above posts deleted out to "****"? Anyway, as to this thread--I'm in the con group, i.e. I wouldn't do this trade for all of the reasons listed. Even if Souray still has his bomber of a shot, he has all of the other liabilities listed above. I don't think a cannon shot on the power play with little else to offer is worth 5.4 mil a year.

Since: Jun 10

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Sep 21, 2010
Get rid of Huselius? Who else would put the puck in the net 20-25 times to cover that hole? I say get rid of Stralman or Commodore. Maybe both. Commodore has been unimpressive since arriving here and it appears that Stralman is not going to be the point producer he was supposed to be. Plus he only has a one year deal(?) and do you want to go through the drama of arbitration like the CBJ almost did this year if not for a last minute deal?
I might even let Klesla go but I'm on the fence there. He is a physical presence when healthy and someone we need in front of the net during penalty kills to push out the screens in front of Mason. MAKE THE DEAL!!!!
John Ellsworth

Dartmouth, Canada

#9 Sep 22, 2010
As an Oiler fan I wish nothing more than the Blue Jackets to take Souray and his huge salary and his long,long,long list of injuries.Not to mention his horrible attitude. Edmonton is similar to Columbus in that they are both a young francise. Sourays poison is not good for all the impressionable rookies to see. Ethan Moreau on the other hand is a good pick up.For Ethan I think it was just a time for a change..But please.. Take Souray!!!!

Columbus, OH

#10 Sep 24, 2010
Mike- I agree with this column,mostly, but many of your others have too much negative cut to them.
What I don't like about this column? Your constant use of "boy scouts" to describe Jackets players; they are young men
and are developing; we are an expansion team and it takes awhile to load up.
I know you were up East before and saw totally developed teams such as the big, bad Bruins, three totally developed Canadian teams and three totally developed New York teams, plus area teams like Buffalo, Philly, Pittsburg and the Caps; oh, did I mention Hartford?
We are a work in progress and anyone who doesn't think so is a fool.
I think if you look at the first 10-20 years of the existence of Ohio State football, you will see a lot of below average seasons.
Please stop with the "boy scouts" routine, it's getting old.

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