CBJ Off-season: Q&A With GM Scott Howson

Editor’s Note: The following interview took place on March 29th, before the end of the season. With another non-playoff season now in the books for the Blue Jackets, the writing is on the wall for General Manager Scott Howson: changes need to be made to the roster. As timing would have it, he has 12

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/1/11 – Trading Deadline Edition

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was This Week: 2-1-0, 4 points Overall: 31-24-6, 68 points (4th division; 12th conference) Just like last week… Columbus continues to play well, BUT they can’t move up in the standings. However, the Jackets have played

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 1/18/11

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was This Week: 1-1-1, 3 points Overall: 21-20-4, 46 points (5th division; 13th conference) While the point total isn’t overwhelming, it’s possible that this past week—or, more specifically, the weekend—could be viewed as a turning point.

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 9/28/10

Once again, every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Summer That Was Regular Season: 32-35-15, 79 points (5th division; 14th conference)Playoff Result: did not qualify This is a pivotal season for the Jackets. Expectations were high (in this space as well) heading into last season.

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First Round Draft Preview – NHL-Style; Blue Jackets Have Options at #4

Much like their winter-arena-sports counterparts in the NBA, the NHLers are in draft-mode tonight. The first round of the NHL Entry Draft is tonight in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, and our own Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves in an interesting position with the #4 pick. Now that their coaching search is complete, all

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Fermez La Boucher; Blue Jackets Move On, Hire Scott Arniel As Coach

As it turns out, the past 24 hours for the Columbus Blue Jackets have been a lot crazier than many expected. They had offered their head coaching job to Guy Boucher late last week; Boucher asked for the weekend to “think about it”. It turns out that “thinking about it” really meant trolling for other

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CBJ Coaching Update: Blue Jackets Have Targeted Their Man – UPDATED – And Their Man Says NO – UPDATED AGAIN – And They’ve Targeted Their Second Man…

The Blue Jackets’ season ended in mid April, and while things here in the WFNY corner of the CBJ world have been quiet (that’s called “knowing your audience,” son!), GM Scott Howson and the front office have had anything but a quiet six weeks. After nailing down the fourth pick in the draft lottery, there

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 4/13/10 – Season In Review

Every Tuesday Sometimes on Wednesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Year That Was Regular Season: 32-35-15, 79 points (5th division; 14th conference) Playoff Result: did not qualify For what will be the final 5-Hole column of the spring, I thought, much like last year though

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NHL Trading Deadline: Blue Jackets are Sellers; Make Five Minor Moves

Unlike last year, this year’s Blue Jackets are on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff prospects. After Tuesday night’s overtime loss made it all but official that there will be no playoffs for the CBJ, Wednesday’s trading deadline came with a sobering reality for GM Scott Howson: it was back to being

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End Of An Era: Jackets and Hitchcock Part Ways

As we passed along last night, the Blue Jackets and coach Ken Hitchcock have parted ways; Hitchcock was fired yesterday, and assistant Claude Noel was named the interim coach for the remaining 24 games of the season. Aside from that informative note, I wanted to take some time to react to the move from as

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The 5-Hole – Blue Jackets News and Notes: 9/15/09

Guess who’s back / back again / 5-Hole’s back / tell a friend… Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Summer That Was Last Season: 41-31-10, 92 points (4th division; 7th conference) It was officially “The Best Season in Franchise History”. Granted, 4th place in the

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 4/28/09 – Season-in-Review Edition

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Year That Was Regular Season: 41-31-10, 92 points (4th division; 7th conference) Playoff Result: lost in Conference Quarterfinals to Detroit, 0-4 For what will be the final 5-Hole column of the spring, I thought it would be good

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The 5-Hole – Blue Jackets News and Notes: 3/24/09

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 2-0-0, 4 points Overall: 38-28-6, 82 points (3rd division; 6th conference) The Jackets had another great week, for two main reasons: first and foremost, they won both of their games, and now have seemingly

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The 5-Hole – Blue Jackets News and Notes: 3/3/09 – NHL Trade Rumors Edition

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 1-2-0, 2 points Overall: 31-26-6, 68 points (3rd division; 6th conference) The Jackets are at a crossroads: they are still in the playoff hunt, but they are struggling to find their game right now.

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Jackets Make a Deal for Power Play Help

In an effort to bolster their NHL-worst Power Play as well as to add some depth with playoff experience, the Jackets pulled the trigger on a small deal Wednesday night. They acquired forward Jason Williams from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for AHL-defenseman Clay Wilson and a sixth round pick. The sixth round pick was

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Halfway Home: Treading Water, A Star Is Born

(First 10 | Second 10) 19-18-4 – 42 points (3rd division, 10th conference) In the past, I’ve done these mile-marker updates after 10 games. For the Third 10, I completely skipped it and instead focused on the seminal win of the season thus far for the Jackets. I chose 41 games to do the Fourth

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The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 12/23/08

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 1-1-1, 3 points Overall: 14-15-4, 32 points (4th division; 12th conference) The Jackets’ one win this week was well-documented here, but unfortunately the rest of the week went downhill. After outlasting the Sharks at

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The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 12/16/08

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 2-1-0, 4 points Overall: 13-14-3, 29 points (4th division; 13th conference) The team rebounded a little bit after last week’s disastrous road trip out west by winning two in a row at home, though

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The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 11/11/08

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 3-0-0, 6 points Overall: 7-6-2, 16 points (3rd division; 9th conference) What a difference a week makes. The Blue Jackets are getting healthy, scoring goals, and managed to win all three of their games

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The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 11/04/08

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ… The Week That Was Week: 1-0-2, 4 points Overall: 4-6-2, 10 points (T4th division; T10th conference) I’m worn out. Let’s make it short and sweet this week. It is clear on Election Day that the Jackets have ELECTED to

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