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I alluded to this in an earlier post, but I am going to try and do something special for my offseason overview. I may no get all 29 other teams, but I am going to try to get them *before July 1, and the UFA period). I'm going to tray and ask a blogger from every team 5 questions about their upcoming Free Agents. and offseason. The first set of 5 that I asked was questions about the Columbus Blue Jackets to Bethany from Bethany's Hockey Rants and she is also a frequent contributor to Hlog (Hockey Ladies of Greatness)

Here were my questions, and her answers. Please note that the offseason is always changing so some of the questions (like #3) might already be out of date.:

1)There is only one UFA that I could see the Avs having any possible interest in from the Blue Jackets 4, and that would be Berard. You mentioned in your blog you thought he was injury prone and blind, I am taking it you wouldn't recommend signing him...at what price would he be worth it? And when healthy can he still play well?

*Berard had back surgery and since he came back he's not playing well. Back in the day he was an offensive d-man. I do not recommend signing him at all. What price would he be worth honestly not a lot maybe $600,000. No more. He really is blind in one eye...I'm not kidding.

2)Since there's not a lot to relate to the Avs here, I'll just ask you about the Jackets. Eyeballing it for next season it looks like you guys will be able to sign one decent FA, What do you need? Defense, or forward? Goalie? Who are you eyeballing for FA

*Honestly we need a lot a top line center, 2 top 4 d-men, and a goalie wouldn't hurt. My guess is that we will go for a blue liner. I wouldn't mind us getting Hannan or Preissing...but to be honest it's really hard for me to think about who we should get when we don't have a GM and I have no idea what style he wants.


3) (NOTE: asked before the hiring of Howson) The big story in Columbus isn't on the ice, but management that they cleaned house (finally) and are hiring new management. You have been profiling potential GMs on your site... who do you want them to hire? and who do you think they'll hire? (and why?)

*Well, if that Bryan Murray stuff was true I would say him, but since it's not I think I would like them to hire Dave King. He was our first coach and knows the organization and is a very smart hockey man. Who do I think they will hire? Scott Howson, the Assistant General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers. Only because he is a salary cap expert. Next season we will have 2 of our most paid players become UFA's and he will have a lot of room to work....so that's my best guess.


4) What happened to Rick Nash. He was great one season, and seems to have disappeared, making a brief cameo in the world championships. Is it just an off season, or is he regressing? What about other potential goal scorers like Zhederev, Modin and Vyborny? shouldn't they at least be scoring more goals.

*Rick Nash...he is a great player. At times he can be very lazy. This year with Hitch as his coach he is becoming a well rounded player. Playing on the power play and the penalty kill. Hitch developed Modano the same way. He is injury prone and so he hasn't played as many games as we would like him to. But, mark my word he is not regressing he is progressing very nicely. Vyborny is our best player...he makes great decisions on the ice...and is an amazing play maker. Zherdev is a big cancer on our team, he is lazy, has no work ethic and is selfish. I honestly think he doesn't want to succeed with our team...because Hitch doesn't put up with his crap. Modin, has the potential to score more goals if he had more to work with...who knows what line combinations we will have next year. *honestly this past year was awful with injures and a new coach we didn't really have a lot of flow*


5) Every Avs fan has a soft spot for Adam Foote. He is now Columbus captain, and deservedly so. How do you feel about him? He gets kinda lost there, does he still play well, or is the new NHL showing his weaknesses?

*Adam Foote I absolutely adore him. I love his style I love the way he acts on the bench cheering guys on. I love when he is injured in the press box watching the game. I think he plays well, and still plays his gritty style. You can tell that he is getting older but I still enjoy watching him play and besides how can you not love Foote?



So there you have it Avs fans... That's the take, from the blogger's mouth on the Columbus Blue Jackets offseason.

What the Columbuis Offseason means to the Avs... my take: The Blue Jackets won't really have a bbig intersection with the Avs. They might end up signing a guy like Ken Klee to help bolster their roster but in all reality we aren't targeting the same players. A small competition might happen on a guy like Brad Stuar or something, but really I don't see the Blue Jackets actions having any kind of significant impact on the avs offseason plans.

Thanks for the info and opinions Bethany.