Oilers Hire Scott Howson To "Scout"

Scott Howson’s a scout.  So says Bob McKenzie, so says this piece of paper.

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It’s been a good hour since we found out, yet there’s been no official release from the team.  I hope they announce it via Gene Principe’s monologue before tonight’s game against the Avalanche.

So yeah, another former member of the club.  Howson was assistant general manager from 2002 until 2007, and according to a handful of reputable sources and that piece of paper, he’s currently “scouting” for the team.  Most recently, Howson was general manager for Columbus until a month ago, when he was relieved for Jarmo Kekäläinen.

Scouting.  Uh huh.

While I don’t doubt that Howson is in attendance at the Pittsburgh/Boston game, I’m extremely sceptical that it’s for much “scouting”.  Recently, Lowetide took a guess that Scott Howson may be a likely replacement for Steve Tambellini, and if this is the beginning of that beautiful idea taking place, then I’m 100% behind it.

The club is going to catch some flack for hiring another former member of the club, and some of that flack is justified.  But something’s got to give here.  They’ve got Tambellini, MacTavish, and now Scott Howson in the fold.

I’d venture something’s got to get dropped off at the fishing hole sooner rather than later.

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