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Just to add to the Rick Nash trade speculation…

Feb 6, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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This morning we linked to Bruce Garrioch’s weekly NHL gossip column that always entertains in an “imagine if this is actually true” kind of way.

Well, one of the names Garrioch mentioned was Columbus captain Rick Nash.

Confirm or deny: The cellar-dwelling Blue Jackets may finally be ready to accept reality and they could be willing to deal captain Rick Nash. If that’s the case, they’re going to want a big return: A top young player, a prospect and a first-round pick. The Rangers and Kings are interested.

Considering the source, we took it with a grain of salt – just Garrioch being Garrioch.

But then we read what Sportsnet reporter John Shannon wrote today:

I have received a couple of calls from friends of Nash, who claim that Rick is very unhappy with the way the franchise is going and realizes it will take five more years to rebuild, again. Nash is now telling people close to him that he would entertain being moved, but still will not be the one who asks for a trade.

Now, it should be noted:

1. Get out of town! Nash is unhappy with the way the franchise is going? Come on, really? We thought he’d be thrilled.

2. Nash already said a month ago he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade.

So what Shannon reported shouldn’t really surprise anyone, but it does make you wonder – will it ever come to the point where Nash asks out?

Put yourself in his shoes. You’re 27 years old. You’re a former first overall pick. You’ve scored 276 career goals. You’re good enough to make Team Canada and win Olympic gold. Aaaaaand you’ve played a grand total of four playoff games in the NHL.

Now imagine your team’s last overall, the organization’s a laughing stock, the fans are staging protests, and you have to suffer* through another rebuild.

* As much as someone can suffer making $7.8 million a year.

  1. yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Every team in the NHL is interested

  2. stefano9319 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    He should be in a contending team. Anywhere is better than CBJ

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      He’s coming to Washington

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Sorry to sound like a Homer, but with the scoring power that they’ve lost, they need someone like him to come in and get going… Just an optimistic fan, not a tool

  3. cjn728 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    It’ll be tough to trade a contrac like that without a similar one going the other way. I’m hoping for Luongo and Mason Raymond for Nash.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      I’m sure you’d be able to convince Nash to waive his NTC to come to Vancouver, but no way you’d have the same luck with Luongo and Columbus. That’s why their asking for a promising young player, a propsect and a 1st since they’d have trouble getting a top player with an NTC to waive theirs to go to Columbus.

      Not that Vancovuer would have the room, but they’d want Schneider, Tanev and our 1st, which is likely to be almost a 2nd. Alternatively, maybe a deal of Hodgson, Lack and a 1st would be comparable value for what they’d want in return, but Van would have to dump salary somewhere else.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        That, and trading Nash would probably signal the start of a total rebuild phase for them. If that’s the case they’d much rather take a few young players than pay 32-year-old Luongo however many millions he’s owed.

  4. sergio408 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Bring him to San Jose Wilson…….

    • jrod691 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Isn’t he really good friends with Jumbo? I don’t think SJ has a prayer at getting him though.

    • jrod691 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Havlat, Demers, Nittymaki and a 1st?

      • gsprulz - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        Rick Nash is going to be a Shark only if SJ is willing to deal Pavelski which they better not!!!! Pavelski is as dangerous as any RW, he’ll put up the same points as Nash would in CBJ and do it for much less money. If Nash came here I surely would expect his stats to be way up if he’s on Thornton’s line is obvious. It’s really not that big of an upgrade which people would think at first.

    • nogoodtomedead - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      I would LOVE to see him in SJ. But I don’t think we have the pieces. We would have to move a big salary- probably either Havlat or Marleau- and I think Marleau has a no movement clause (I don’t think Wilson would trade him anyways) or Havlat, and I don’t think they would want Havlat. Then we have no interesting prospects- McGinn’s good- but I think Columbus would want move of a top-six type forward prospect- plus whatever draft picks- which SJ also loses value with being a winning team. After that we are getting into serious over pay area (Imagine Clowe or Pavelski shipped of with Marleau- eeesh, and if anyone mentions Couture I’ll slap them in the face. Its a great idea- don’t see it happening. He’ll land in NY or Toronto- just keephim out of LA please.

  5. ferrytales1 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Who can fit 7.8M? It’s not like Columbus ownership will be too willing to take on equal salary. They’re in last place, after all. I don’t think he’s going to be trade because I don’t think any team can afford him under the cap, especially a playoff bound team.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      The Leafs makes sense in that regard. They’re making a playoff push and can take on his salary.

      What’s going to make or break a deal to anywhere is how much the other team is willing to give CBJ for Nash. He definitely won’t come cheap.

  6. sergio408 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Nittymaki,Mcginn,Desjardins,Ferriero and 2012 1st & 2013 3rd

    • jrod691 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      I doubt that would be anywhere close to getting it done.

  7. sergio408 - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Actually make that 2012 3rd rd pick to CBJ that 2013 3rd rd pick is going to minnesota!

  8. AppealToReason - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Who’s gonna take on almost 8mil a season for a guy to never get 80pts in a season?

    • nyr1 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      That’s because he plays on the freakin’ blue jackets. If he had better players around him, he would put up more points! Would love the rangers to grab him…we’re playing really well but we need to do something bold and go hard after the cup! Definitely agree that it would be tough for most teams to take on a salary like that.

  9. stakex - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Rick Nash could be the player to put the Rangers over the top.

    With that said, I just don’t think the Rangers could swing that with his $7.8 million cap hit. At the deadline the Rangers would be able to take on nearly $7 million worth of cap hit (since they are only responsible for the cap hit of the remaining games in the season), and I’m sure they could free up enough space to make it work for this season. However, come next year they would have a serious cap crunch since Nash’s contract does not expire at the end of the season.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      NY seems to have pretty good thing going. Why jump through hoops to fix what isn’t broken?

      • stakex - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        Well the Rangers are finding ways to win close games, thanks in no small part to Lundquist. Its working well for them right now, but if Lundquist’s play slips even a little bit down the stretch the Rangers could be in trouble. I think they need another top end scorer to put them over the top, and help take some pressure off Lundquist.

        Besides I’m not really saying they SHOULD go after Nash, I was simply commening on the fact that he seems to be on the Rangers radar.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        I get what you’re saying, but I just don’t see them taking on another big contract to fill a need that’s not really there. And I don’t think that even with Nash they could count on bludgeoning teams to death if Lundqvist falters. The Rangers used to have some stacked teams pre-lockout that couldn’t win anything. If I were the Rangers I would leave well enough alone.

  10. sergio408 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    The only other way SJ were to land Nash were if they could get another team involved via a 3 team trade but we don’t many of these go down in the NHL, truly with uncertainly involving the salary cap this year i doubt J. Carter nor R. Nash are traded until the offseason!

  11. pens919209 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    If Nash won’t ask for a trade, then I would hope that Columbus, if they do decide to trade him, would be classy enough to attempt to trade him to a contending team. He at least deserves that.

    He would make the Rangers or Kings pretty scary… at least on paper. Then again, sometimes those deals on paper don’t look as good on the ice.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Compared to CBJ every team is a contender.

      Seriously, I’m sure any team willing to pay the steep price it will take to get Nash plans on winning soon.

  12. mianfr - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I’m not sure how I’d like him on the Rangers. On the one hand, the team has great chemistry and a lot of depth and thrives on defense.

    On the other, he’s Rick Nash, and the team just hasn’t scored that many goals this year.

    I think those terms are fair, but for the Rangers I think it’d be a mistake to send a top young defenseman away.

  13. crazemastercraze - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    have mercy on the guy and trade him already, for the love of god!!!!!

  14. letangshair - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    nash would be a serviceable 4th line center pens.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Too bad he probably won’t change positions.

  15. east96st - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Gentlemen – Since none of you are long suffering CBJ fans, I’ll excuse your mistake of assuming you’re dealing with a professional hockey team. You are NOT. The owner’s stockbroker is the President and the owner has assured us that all of upper management jobs are safe because “all of the team’s problems are on the ice”. This, of course, conveniently ignores who’s responsible for those “problems” being on the ice in the first place. This is a team you CAN lowball and they will jump at it – if you make them THINK they’re winning. Think of CBJ as a drunk, rich kid who has never played poker before. This is a once in a lifetime chance for some savvy NHL team to con an extremely gullible mark out of it’s lone asset. Nash is there for the taking for any team that wants to put into the effort to flatter Mike Priest (CBJ President) and make him think he’s the smartest guy in the room. A part of me WANTS some team to rip us off blind. It’s the only way we’ll get rid of an owner and management team that are the worse in the NHL and, possibly, in all of professional sports. This is a team and a fanbase devoid of any hope. Who can blame Rick for wanting better?

    • barkar942 - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM

      The one way this trade could work for the Rangers is to move Wolski and Anisimov plus move a few of their overload of defensive prospects like Erixon and Valentenko who will find it hard to make the big team in the future. Could be a good deal for both teams. A new good group of quality young for a top league player who cannot wait for another five years for Columbus to become a contender again.

      • barkar942 - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

        And I understand your anguish, east96st. Frustrating that you want to have a team to root for and you feel like you get slapped in the face by poor management and a lot of bad luck this past season with injuries and trigger finger timekeepers! I have been a Ranger fan all of my life, and have suffered through many a poor season of frustration with fat cat overpaid over-the-hill superstars that couldn’t figure out what the word Team meant! (And the Rangers could throw in Zucharello,too, in the deal).

    • danphipps01 - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      Hey, don’t sell Ryan Johansen short. If he escapes the black abyss of failure that is Columbus soon enough, he could have a long and prosperous career on one of the NHL-calibre teams!

  16. papajack1259 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    The Bruins have Krecji at 5.7 mill under contract for 3 years they also have several young players in Providence Would they trade One of the Goalies?
    they will have to within the next couple of years Nash at 26 is perhaps the most coveted deadline acquisition out there Would Vancouver part with Snyder? We shall see

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