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Online bookmaker: Rangers the favorites to land Nash

Feb 15, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

The good people at Bovada have posted odds on where Columbus captain Rick Nash will end up after the Feb. 27 trade deadline.


A few thoughts:

—- There are obviously valid reasons to believe the Rangers won’t get Nash prior to the deadline, like how it would affect team chemistry and the fact Glen Sather doesn’t have a blue-chip goalie prospect to offer in return. But who says the Jackets have to get their goalie upgrade through a Nash deal? There are other ways to get that done.

—- The Bruins will have the same chemistry concerns as the Rangers. They also won’t want to deal Tuukka Rask, who’s the future in goal. Nor will they want to deal Dougie Hamilton, the future on the blue line. That said, RW Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a concussion and Boston has the cap space.

—- The Leafs (11/2) are a potential match given they need size up front, Nash grew up cheering for them, and money is no object. But what could Brian Burke send in return? Nazem Kadri? Luke Schenn? Yes, he could. Easily. You see what I’m getting at.

—- If you believe what Elliott Friedman concluded today – that a Nash trade is more likely to happen over the summer – you should be all over “any other team” (5/1), since that would include Columbus. I’m actually wondering if that was an oversight, unless Bovada knows something we don’t.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Oh please, oh please, oh PLEASE not the Leafs! It might sound silly but I’m surprised neither Nash nor Columbus have mentioned the Wild. The Wild are pretty well stocked with prospects and Harding is ready to be a starter or a 1a goalie, plus the Wild are in desperate need of another top 6 player. Setoguchi needs to move down to 2nd line. Heatley, Koivu, Nash? Yes please.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      What’s wrong with the Leafs?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Mostly cause I need a team to hate. The only people who like Toronto is Toronto, at least in Canada. Kinda like Philly in the US.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Don’t you EVER compare Toronto to Philly ever again.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        lmao I struck a nerve apparently.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        haha I was joking…well, half joking

  2. bcisleman - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    My guess: the bookies are Ranger fans. Otherwise it makes no sense. If Howson deals Nash and does NOT get back an elite F prospect and an elite G prospect (ie Huberdeau and Markstrom on FLA) as part of the deal, he is as big a boob as everyone says he is.

    If Elliotte Friedman is correct (and he usually is), this will be done in the offseason–probably at the draft–and Howson hopefully will bring back the cornerstone prospects his franchise needs along with presumably Yakupov, Johansen, Moore, Brassard et al to build a champion or at least a contender.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Notice how Florida falls under “Any Other Team”? Yeah, I’m not the only that thinks Nash will have no part of a trade to Sunrise. Keep dreaming.

      • bcisleman - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        You a It may not be actually think this is credible? What do I care what a bookie thinks? It may not be FLA, but, unless Howson is a complete idiot, it will be a team with comparable assets. Of the teams on that list, Boston could put together a package around Seguin and Rask, but they won’t. LA could offer Bernier, but no other star quality assets. Same with VAN and Schneider and PHI and Bobrovsky. If STL wanted in, they could offer one of their goalies, Schwartz, and some other assets.

      • t16rich - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        Dead on. There is a better chance of that outrageous outdoor game happening there before Rick Nash even considers Florida.

  3. broadstbully33 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    no way nash Is going from one loser (cbj ) to another one in fla….he controls any move

    • bcisleman - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      A third seeded loser? FLA has 27 more points than CLB. Keep trying.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Funny how in that division 4 points separate the one playoff team from the losers. What exactly do you think FLA will do in the first round if they make it?

  4. bear654 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Nash for Ovechkin!! Kinda makes sense…maybe

  5. cup0pizza - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    The Stars have exactly what it takes to make this happen, and Dallas in return desperately needs him. Jack Campbell would certainly be the key, and Dallas could add Glennie and Morrow and/or Ribiero.

  6. cup0pizza - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    I think Miami would be a pretty nice city to play in, and the Panthers are pretty good.

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