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Rick Nash would waive his no-trade clause if Blue Jackets wanted to move him

Jan 5, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

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If you thought the possibility of the Ducks dealing any of their big three could get your attention, then the chance that Rick Nash could be had as well should have you on the edge of your seat.

Nash tells Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch that if the Blue Jackets were looking to improve the team and thought that trading him would do the trick, Nash wouldn’t stop them from doing it.

“The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice. If it comes to that — like you said, all speculation — but if they don’t want me here, they want to move me? I’m not going to do something where it’s going to hurt the franchise just because I have that in my contract.”

If Nash keeps talking like that, they’ll build a statue of him by the time his career is over. Whether that’s in Columbus or not depends on what’s going through GM Scott Howson’s head.

There’s little doubt that the Blue Jackets could command a king’s ransom for Nash. He’s a potentially dominating left wing and if put in a situation where he’s got a legit playmaker he’s the sort of player that can swing the balance of power in a playoff race.

The possibility of a seller’s market that includes guys like Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry along with Nash has the fantasy GM in all of us losing our minds at the thought.

  1. bhawkce - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    As a Jackets fan, and a bigger Nash fan, as sad as I would he to see him go, I almost want the guy to go to a contender to see him have a true chance at a cup..cause face it..unless Cbus does something major in the next few years, he isn’t gong to even get to sniff a cup here. He is too good a player to be stuck here wth absolutely no hope on the horizon…well there may be a small flicker if our new ‘advisor’ actually gets to advise and people actually listen.

  2. paultripp - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Nash for lupul and aulie

  3. miketoasty - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Not a Jackets fan but love this guy. He is a hard worker on the ice and says all the right things off the ice. Would love to see him traded to the Pens, a Nash – Malkin – Neal line would be ridiculous, although I am sure we wouldn’t have the necessary parts to make that deal happen so I just wish he gets traded to a contender and goes deep in the playoffs.

  4. cmutimmah - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    With the Red Wings having Cap space at the deadline (For seemingly the first time since getting Hossa in 09), the more of these guys available the better.

    • cmutimmah - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      It is going to take aIt is going to take a player and prospects/picks to get Nash… no matter what the Cbus Camp says… so I can imagine that it’s not going to be easy to find a team to match up.

      But like I said, the more options out there, the better the buyer’s market is.

  5. killerpgh - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Jordan Staal, Eric tangradi, and a 2nd round pick from the penguins for Nash and a 2nd round pick. Without looking at the salary cap I would guess the pens would have to move more salary. (assuming Crosby won’t be on ltir all year)

    • abrienza428 - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      No way Staal gets traded with how well he’s doing and the uncertainty surrounding Crosby.

  6. clavette - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM


  7. finfan88shark - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Joe Thornton Tomas Griess and Torrey Mitchell for Nash and a 1st.

    • howiehandles - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      That’s not going to get it done. They’re going to want young players, thus no Thornton. On top of that you want their 1st?


      • finfan88shark - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Nash is not exactly young, and therefore they would probably not get what they wanted. Besides except for Couture the Sharks don’t have any good young forwards. And Couture is not available imo. But knowing our dumb general manager he will probably do something stupid like trade away a 30 goal scorer for an oft injured 20 goal scorer.

        But really Nash cannot fit in with the Sharks, because we are looking for passive players who don’t hit and give that all shucks look come playoff time. If a player is physical San Jose does not want him.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM


  9. buffalomafia - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Please come to the Sabres!

  10. davebabychreturns - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Hey guys, a player saying “I wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade” is a long way off from “I want to be traded” which is an even further distance away from the team actually wanting to trade said player.

    All of these scenarios are still within the ballpark of reality though, unlike most of the trade proposals in this thread. Lupul and Aulie? Columbus going into a major rebuild only to trade away a certain lottery pick for Joe Thornton (UFA in two years) a third liner and a backup goaltender? Give me a break guys.

    All that being said.. I find Rick Nash to be a pretty overrated player one 40 goal season and no 80 point seasons, and maybe it’s just a product of his system (ie. the coach gives his star player free reign to go out and create offense) but he doesn’t seem like a very diligent two-way player either.

    Don’t get me wrong he’s a supremely talented player.. but maybe not a $7.8m guy.

    • finfan88shark - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Okay Take Thornton, or Marleau and Mtichell and give me Nash and a bag of pucks for Mitchell.

  11. east96st - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Normally, a fan would excited about this news. A hopeless franchise getting picks and players in return for it’s lone star – a new start and a bright future. However, this the Jackets, so no hope exists. The best player will be gone, the picks squandered, and the young players poisoned by a putrid team with the worse management in the NHL. Go, Rick, go. Enjoy life on a team that isn’t run by the owner’s stockbroker. Know, that we, the fans, wish we were going with you. And understand, NHL and Gary Bettman – if you allow this, you have killed this team for the next ten years. You can’t let a superstar go unless there’s a responsible, competent adult running the show to reap the benefits. Columbus has proven there is NOT. Many fans thought it could not get worse than this. Wait. With Rick gone, it most certainly will. Thus, the franchise crumbles and another team is forced to move. I feel pity for the Canadian or Pacific Northwest team that takes on this train-wreck. Trust me, if McConnell still owns the team and Priest is still running the show, you will regret any deal you make with the Jackets and you will have an empty arena far sooner than you ever imagined possible.

  12. buffalomafia - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    If Nash goes to Pens than hockey is fixed!

  13. angelo14d - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    do you think the rangers can get any of these players

  14. bikey1277 - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    If Nash is on the trading block you better believe the LA Kings are gonna be right there. With a package of players and picks.

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