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12-07-2011, 03:02 PM
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Blue Jackets Hire Senior Advisor Hockey Operations

From GMScottHowson twitter account

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Very pleased to tell u that we have hired Craig Patrick as sr advisor, hockey operations. Looking forward to having him working with us.
Wikipedia entry on Craig Patrick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Patrick

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12-07-2011, 03:10 PM
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From GMScottHowson twitter account



Wikipedia entry on Craig Patrick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Patrick



Get a whistle!

I'm hoping Craig brings to the table the same structure and discipline he learned at the feet of Herb Brooks.

The CBJ country club may have closed.


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He has a great resume and it will be interesting to see how much influence he will have on Priest and Howson.


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12-07-2011, 03:18 PM
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Great hire! Let's hope he's given the freedom and the tools to guide Priest and Howson out of the mess they've created for themselves.

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12-07-2011, 03:27 PM
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Holy famoley - Craig Patrick?

Good Luck, Craig - hopefully you can get the ship pointed in the right direction.

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He knows the NHL game, now if he can learn the political game and kick Priest out of the hockey room things should improve.


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was super duper excited when i heard this news earlier

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I like this hire.

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Dare I say the biggest and possibly best move the Blue Jackets have made since their inception? This is huge for the organization, providing they let him do his job. I can't really believe they actually did this and got a guy of this caliber.

Maybe I do believe in miracles! (Yes, the pun is intended).

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Dayum. Nice get. Here's hoping it works out well!

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How many Miracle videos do we expect to see at NWA now between plays and periods? I'm gonna say...more than before

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Someone give him a ruler for hand smacking Howson

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Someone give him a ruler for hand smacking Howson
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Craig Patrick's first advice: "OK boys, tank, and tank hard!"

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Craig Patrick's first advice: "OK boys, tank, and tank hard!"
I don't know if you know, but I've tanked a few times and picked up some decent draft picks...

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Patrick's performance has been uneven. He built a great Pens team in the late 80's early 90's and made a bunch of boneheaded moves later, causing the Pens to be so bad they drafted 1st or 2nd for 4 consecutive years.

I hope the Jackets get the good Patrick. I think he has a tendency to take boom/bust type risks regularly.

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Patrick's performance has been uneven. He built a great Pens team in the late 80's early 90's and made a bunch of boneheaded moves later, causing the Pens to be so bad they drafted 1st or 2nd for 4 consecutive years.

I hope the Jackets get the good Patrick. I think he has a tendency to take boom/bust type risks regularly.
Has any GM ever not had uneven performance? Serious question.

IMO, any "hockey" mind is a good mind at this point. It lessens Priest's role in hockey decisions and gives Howson guidance (and leverage) when making moves and dealing with ownership. This is a huge move, IMO, and should serve notice that maybe the org "gets it" after all, and with spending near the cap, making moves and bringing in talent, they do, indeed want to win.

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Patrick's performance has been uneven. He built a great Pens team in the late 80's early 90's and made a bunch of boneheaded moves later, causing the Pens to be so bad they drafted 1st or 2nd for 4 consecutive years.

I hope the Jackets get the good Patrick. I think he has a tendency to take boom/bust type risks regularly.
It would seem, then, that he and Howson should provide contrasting outlooks that, hopefully, will demonstrate both sides of every move. As long as that doesn't lead to paralysis, the Jackets organization should benefit from their differing attitudes.

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12-07-2011, 04:34 PM
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When can he move into Howson's office?

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I don't know if you know, but I've tanked a few times and picked up some decent draft picks...
Bar hops don't count.

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Patrick's performance has been uneven. He built a great Pens team in the late 80's early 90's and made a bunch of boneheaded moves later, causing the Pens to be so bad they drafted 1st or 2nd for 4 consecutive years.

I hope the Jackets get the good Patrick. I think he has a tendency to take boom/bust type risks regularly.

The buck doesn't stop with Patrick, it stops with Howson. Patrtick is a good hockey mind, something this team has needed. Did he bat 1000%? Does anyone? The Jackets are paying him for his hockey knowledge. He won't be making the moves. He will be advising. I think it is a good hire.

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Penguins fan here.

First, Craig has in all account seemed like a great person. In regards to his uneven resume, the last stretch of tank jobs was in most part due to bankruptcy that led to trading away Jagr, Kovalev, and Straka for nothing as well as letting a then productive Robert Lang walk away.

He was not very good at locating quality d-men, bringing in bust after bust and giving minute to Ian Moran, Janne Laukkanen, Hans Jonsson... also trading Zubov for the other Hatcher. Of course, the worst trade he made was Naslund to VAN. On the other side of things he made some tremendous deals and tanked at the right time.

For the post that said it could be the end of the 'country club', it was in removing CP as GM that helped usher out the country club of the Penguins to a new generation.

He has an incredibly bright hockey mind, and I believe from observing all of these post-lockout seasons he should have a strong grasp on what does and does not work in the new NHL.

I wish him the very best of luck and hope he can elevate your team into a consistent playoff team and ultimately Stanley Cup contender. Be patient, because he's dealing with a clown GM.

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Like the move. Wonder what the terms and conditions of his contract are.

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