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Blue Jackets president gives vote of confidence to GM and coach

Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski

COLUMBUS,OH - JULY 21: Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson presents James Wisniewski #21 of the Columbus Blue Jackets a jersey during a press conference on July 21, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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You know a team’s off to a bad start when votes of confidence are flying around six games into the season

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Blue Jackets president Mike Priest is fully behind GM Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel, refusing to judge the team without seeing how it does with key players like James Wisniewski (suspended) and Kristian Huselius (torn chest muscle).

“When we have our whole team assembled, and we have time to digest it, then we’ll be able to really take a hard look and evaluate it,” Priest said.

Howson also gave a vote of confidence to Arniel.

“I think we have a great coaching staff and we’re going to find our way out of this,” said Howson.

The Blue Jackets (0-5-1) are in Detroit tomorrow to take on the undefeated Red Wings. Hey, good luck with that.