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• Scott Howson was ousted as the GM of the Blue Jackets last week, but he's not taking it poorly. He sounded understanding in an outgoing interview with Aaron Portzline.
"Hey, I had 5 1/2 years here. I had a great opportunity. We didn't win enough. And when you don't have sustained success, you open yourself up to being replaced. It's professional sports. We all know that going in." (Columbus Dispatch)
• Braden Holtby isn't the only member of his family torturing their parents by competing on the ice. Braden's sister, Taryn, is competing in the Canadians' women's curling championships. Sean Fitz-Gerald profiles the family. (National Post)
• A funny look at Roberto Luongo's mug shots during the last three years. He seems a bit more relaxed this time.
Every time they flash Luongo's headshot on TV I notice the smile. Think he's looser this year? Compare to last 2 yrs. twitter.com/BrownieScott/s…— Scott Brown (@BrownieScott) February 18, 2013
This reminds me of this gem from Robert Andino of the Baltimore Orioles. From the optimism of a new start to the third year with a bad team (although the O's did finally win last season).
Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders (1 ET)
Ottawa at New Jersey (1 ET)
Nashville at Colorado (3 ET)
Carolina at Montreal (7:30 ET)
Toronto at Florida (7:30 ET)
Calgary at Phoenix (9 ET)
Columbus at Anaheim (10 ET)