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02-26-2008, 03:01 PM
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The team actually got better, in the long term.
Gives more youngsters a chance to play and get quality minutes.
Also puts more of a leadership onus on the veterans that remain (Peca, Vyborny, Modin). Peca likely will wear the C for the remainder of the year (I would hope, anyway).

After Richards was out of the mix, Howson had to unload GMDM's quality players (but bad deals) while keeping an eye on the future. I think he got what he could for two ageing veterans who, although likely great in the locker room, didn't heavily produce on the ice and didn't have the fan appeal to draw casual fans into Nationwide anymore.

I true Howson and Hitch to turn this team into a winner. Will it happen this year, probably not, but I think the Blue Jackets got stronger today.

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