Call me a crazy conspiracy theorist of a fan but I find the following Howson quote to be quite a mysterious and interesting bit of info:
From the media day press conference..Question: Scott do you anticipate any invites for try outs, veteran players that you might want to take a look at and if so when do you think you will you be talking about that...??
Howson: it's possible we've talked to a couple already, and were going to talk a couple this afternoon... ehm it may not happen... we've been turned down two or three times so far just because the player thought that the fit wasn't right.... we are not a real attractive team anymore to come on a tryout, unless you are a defenseman I guess or perhaps a natural center...we got the message from the agents, why would we want to come there ?? but there is a void particularly at defense and we are trying to bring in ehhh we'd be open to bring in a veteran NHL defenseman who has played and doesn't have a contract.. but so far that hasn't happened...
The reason I find this quote to be so terribly interesting is because Howson in this interview and several other articles over the last couple of weeks is really praising our group of forwards, even going as far as to say that players that currently aren't signed don't want an invite because they feel like their chances of obtaining an NHL contract through the CBJ are slim, because of our offensive depth.. This ofcourse is fantastic news for the blue jacket fans. However he has also changed his message over the last couple of weeks pertaining to our defensemen... he's been fairly negative about our defense, as of late. A few weeks ago his standard line pertaining to our defense was something along the lines of: "We are very satisfied with our current defensive core, but we would like to add an offensive defenseman if the opportunity presented itself. If the opportunity simply isn't there I feel very confident in our current defensive roster as it stands".. Recently he has been changing his terminology quite a bit, using words such as "void" and "lack of depth".. (unfortunately I can't find the other article with the Howsen quotes, still searching but can't seem to find it.. does anyone some recent howsen urls??)... Howsen is a very calculated and bright GM and it makes me wonder why he felt the need to change the message over the last few weeks ?? Am I being paranoid or has something changed in the last few weeks ??