Howson: Not a blog reader
I had some advice for Columbus GM Scott Howson last week, but according to today's Columbus Dispatch, he wasn't listening:
If Richards joins the Blue Jackets, an NHL source said, Howson is more likely to do what it takes to sign Foote and make a full-on push for the playoffs, perhaps acquiring other players, as well.
With Columbus only five points out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot, coach Ken Hitchcock and his players have made less-than-subtle pleas to keep the club intact.Moses is going to have to part the waters for this team to make the postseason.
Yes, it appears the Blue Jackets are close, but having played more games than the rest of the bubble teams (64) and on pace to finish in 12th with just more than 85 points, they're out of the running.
And while fans have been turning away this season, the worst possible move to make here would be to bet the farm by hanging onto all of the team's pending UFAs. This team is getting closer to being in the mix, and could really take a step forward next season with a few new pieces.
Things got goofy last season at the deadline when desperate teams like Atlanta and Nashville made ridiculous pitches for players and overpaid, and I'd hate to see that happen in a fragile market like Columbus.
Howson has apparently "offered forwards Gilbert Brule and Dan Fritsche, and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen" for Brad Richards.
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