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McKenzie: Columbus is listening to offers for Rick Nash

Feb 14, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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The NHL trade deadline is less than two weeks away and now we’ve got a top prize available on the market.

After the report this morning about Rick Nash possibly being available for trade, TSN’s Bob McKenzie has found out that Columbus is indeed listening to offers for the Blue Jackets captain.

While Nash has a no-movement clause in his contract, McKenzie says that Columbus GM Scott Howson wouldn’t be listening to trade offers unless he had Nash’s blessing to do so meaning that if the right offer from the right team comes along, we could see Nash being shipped out on or before the trade deadline on February 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Nash is asking out of Columbus, however. He’s told Columbus Dispatch beat man Aaron Portzline recently that he loves Columbus and wants to help bring a winning team there. Turns out Nash might be helping to do that by being the crown jewel in a blockbuster deal.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    At least Columbus can rest in the thought of having the best chance for Nail after this year…

  2. cup0pizza - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    The Stars can make this happen. Steep price, but Nash would be such a good fit with Dallas.

    • t16rich - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      No. Come on now. Not to knock the Stars but lets let him have a chance to play in a real hockey market. He’s the type of player who has earned and deserves it. I doubt he waives his clause for the Stars anyway.

  3. polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    He’s going to be wearing the Winged Wheel…

    The Wings have 5.8 mil in cap space this year…. and 24 mil next season. ; )

    Make no mistake, Nash is chomping at the bit to have a shot at The Stanley Cup.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

    • geo91 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Interdivisional trade for a star? That’s franchise suicide. Plus there is only room for one fat guy per team and we’ve already got holmer

      • polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        ; ) probably so…. but he’d lose weight actually having to skate with guys who are even better and faster then him….

      • cmutimmah - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        We won’t have Holmer next year more than likely… and the team did pretty well with Hull and Holmer on the roster in the past… Nash is similar to Hull’s game… big strong guy with a great shot…

  4. cowboys282 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    That would be really sad if they do. I know a CBJ fan and he really wouldn’t have any reason to spend money on them if they trade away CBJ’s only superstar. The All star game got a lot less exciting next year knowing one the the Captains will be RJ Umberger.

    But if they are going to be ridiculous and trade him I hope the Bruins do get him. It would be a nice replacement to the injured Horton. It would cost the Bruins Dougie Hamilton which would at least give CBJ the future superstar they will desperately need in return.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I can’t wait for the deadline to roll by with no major trades exchanged cuz the asking price is too high on all these players and no one is willing to pony up. My bet is it’s all gonna be 3rd-4th liners and AHL players moving around and no marquee players. Any takers?

    • Exiled1 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Wow. you actually know a CBJ fan? I live in Ohio and thats a rarity. (albeit Toledo is Red Wing country)

      Go Hawks!

  5. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    hell be in a pens uniform on a line with the best player in the world, soup can sid. we will be bringing the cup back to the city of champions this year where It belongs

    • miketoasty - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      No, just no. Don’t get me wrong I love this guy but we have little to offer and little cap room to work with as is. The only real assets we have are Despres and Tangradi and neither would bring in talent like this.

  6. velocirapist - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    He’s not going anywhere that isn’t a) a top-flight contender, b) swimming in cap space, and c) loaded with prospects, particularly in net.

    That leaves: Boston and Nashville, and maybe Vancouver or LA if they can clear cap space. Detroit too I guess if they can talk Howson into it. I really don’t see them trading Nash away without getting a blue-chip goalie, and a very good young forward or d-man.

    • miketoasty - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I could see Boston if they trade Rask, a top prospect and possibly a first rounder, if the Bruins are willing to give up goalie depth to have another great shot at winning the cup.

      • dolanster - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        This is not an unreasonable scenario. Boston either has to buckle down and manage the Rask-Thomas situation for another year+ or resolve it and go for a second cup now. Either way is viable, and there’s no team that needs a starter in nets as much as COL. If Boston lumped Krejci and prospects in there I could see this happening. Bruins have to know that they need some boost before the deadline to feel confident against Rangers, Wings, Pens, etc.

  7. mgp1219 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Please come to Boston for the Springtime…

  8. brian1413 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I am a fan ,but the Wild have a ton of goaltending and I would not give Grandlund up for many people but I would for Nash. Not sure if he would come to Minnesota but with a healthy Bouchard, Latendresse, and the others in place he could make a huge difference and play in one of the best hockey markets in the league to a packed house each night. I think the Wild have the pieces not sure if he would come here though.

  9. bcisleman - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    The most obvious match would seem to be FLA. They have the best available goalie prospect in Markstrom, a ton of assets and cap space, and a GM who loves a big deal. Only question is whether Nash would agree.

  10. heyzeus143 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    the pens have plenty to offer, CBJ wants a goalie – the pens could part with Brent Johnson , also Paul Martin, Tyler Kennedy, Richard Park, eric tangradi, matt niskanen, and draft picks are all movable assets – ray Shero could make it happen if he really wanted to

  11. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    shero is god. believe in him and all your dreams will come true

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