Let's face it, Howson doesn't have time for a full rebuild, he doesn't have that long as GM. If he can move that #1 for some solid roster players, and then do the same with Nash, it's probably the only shot he has at keeping his job in Columbus. If he somehow manages to get the team in to the playoffs next season, he might still have a job.
Realistically though, he's probably just going to make things worse if that's his plan.
"I used to pray for good things . I used to ask the Hockey Gods for puck luck for the NYR .
Now all I want is Torts the smug stupid goatee clown to be fired , . I hate Torts . Please hockey gods make him get fired. Please Sean punch him in face" -- Dorado
That makes no sense. That team isn't ready to compete, and Yakupov could step in next season and make an impact. 3 months ago Howson informed Nash he was going to rebuild, and now he's trading away the chance to pick up a future franchise player. That franchise is rudderless.