If neither exercises the option, Howson will be extended through 2013.
Boucher, being a smart guy, would probably prefer not to suddenly find himself working for a new GM.This actually is a matter for not just Boucher but any potential coach or free agent who is looking at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Who wants to sign up for a Howson-guided club only to see Howson bail out of town? I was unaware of this clause and - presuming it's true, as I have no reason to think it's not - am now facing what I think might be my deepest, darkest fear for the future of the CBJ: That we could lose Howson just as things are finally hitting their stride.
I'm of the opinion that the Hitchcock hire was needed to turn around the on-ice behavior of the Boys in Union Blue. But it took the hire of Howson to straighten out the roster, rebuild the talent pool (still under development) and reconcile the team's salary budget with its on-ice priorities. Doug MacLean left a mess when he was shown the door, and Howson has pretty much cleaned that up and positioned the team to move forward. Whoever hired Howson, Mr. Mac or Mike Priest...God bless 'em for doing so. It was a great, great move to bring in the former Assistant General Manager from Edmonton.
Please, Scott, don't leave. PLEASE. You've brought the CBJ out of the wilderness, and now it's time to celebrate our forthcoming success.
[Hat tip to "Pepty" at HFBoards for posting the link!]