Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson looked calm and relaxed Saturday in the back hallways of the Consol Energy Center during the final rounds of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The patient GM with a knack for remaining calm under pressure -- sometimes accused of being too calm -- was speaking coolly on the phone.
This did not look like a GM who still has a multi-million dollar athlete on his payroll despite Captain Rick Nash asking to be traded earlier this year. Nash remains a Blue Jacket at a time when many thought he would be gone.
And Howson, who, according to media reports, met with Nash's agent Thursday, remains firm the Captain will remain with the club until he gets a good enough offer. Reports indicate that may not happen until well into July.
Until then, Howson can breathe for a second after making six solid picks in this weekend's draft and trading for a decent game-ready goaltender to bolster his club now and into the future.
"We are very...