Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/1/12
Judging a GM based on speculative trade rumors is a tough thing to evaluate. Lord only knows if Sather’s rejected offer (rumored to be Dubi, Thomas, Miller, Erixon and a first rounder) was accurate or just Brooksie’s best guesstimate. What we do know is that Howson likely cost himself his job when he sold out Rick Nash during his post-deadline presser. When reporters asked Howson why he was looking to move Nash, he said it was because Nash came to him and demanded a trade, thus forcing his hand. This admittance, whether accurate or not, was a very bad move for several reasons. First off, everyone knows Columbus has to rebuild and trading Nash will help the organization go in that direction. It’s obviously not ideal, but it’s still sellable to their fans. You could have played it off the way Boston did with Bourque years ago or the way the Panthers have with virtually every star they’ve had. You’re giving a long-time contributor a chance to win the Cup. Unfortunately, that PR opportu...
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