|When teams start panicking in April because they are sitting |
on the playoff bubble with a bunch of shootout wins, they have
one man to thank. And that man apparently is not one of the
100 top people of power in the world of hockey.
Howson didn't pound his fist and stomp his feet like Brian Burke (THN ranking: 11), who has been flailing around since 2006 to change the rules such that teams can trade salary cap dollars and is getting nowhere fast. No, Howson did what he does so well...he learned from the experience and changed his stance to make progress toward his goal. And guess what? It worked.
Now, because of Scott Howson, shootout wins will not count when breaking ties in the standings. He proposed the idea in March, and it received full approval in August. This is an important change in the way the game is played - it forces coaches whose teams are questionable playoff qualifiers to "go for it" when they may have sat back and waited for the shootout in years past.
While I'm thinking about it - Besides the "head shot rule," which gave us THN's #27 (Pens goon Matt Cooke), were ANY other rule changes passed over the past year? And that being the case, would the man who moved that rule change not be worthy of consideration if the other rule change was worthy?
Nope. Instead, we get a talented but thus far marginally effective forward for a team that's already fired their coach, John Tavares, at #58. We get a captain of one of the worst teams in the NHL who's only been healthy enough to play 19 games this year, Dion Phaneuf, at #72. We get the architect of the worst defense in the NHL (120 goals against as of tonight), Guy Boucher, at #73. And we get a Twitter hero who cracks jokes about how he can never get ice time, Paul Bissonnette, at #100. But no Howson.
And people wonder why Columbus Blue Jackets fans feel that their team is disrespected by the hockey world. Forget the crappy calls (and non-calls) that cost us games. Forget the fact that we declare a public holiday when the Toronto War Room actually goes our way. Forget that the refs mock and flip off our fans. Our guy changed your damn game, and you didn't recognize it.