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Report: Flyers talking with Blue Jackets about Rick Nash

Feb 18, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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You can’t have a big time player in trade rumors and not have the Flyers involved in talks one way or another.

According to’s Tim Panaccio, sources tell him that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson are discussing the possibility of sending Rick Nash to the Flyers. Of course the main issue here for the Flyers if they want to land Nash comes in what they’d have to give up to get him. Panaccio says the price might not be worth Philly’s trouble.

As for the asking price for a player of  Nash’s caliber? Probably Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn.
But … it may be something else. It may be James van Riemsdyk, another player, plus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Or a high draft pick besides a player.
The Flyers don’t want to move Couturier or Schenn, but if I’m Howson, I want both those players.

Yikes. A package of van Riemsdyk, Bobrovsky, and Couturier or Schenn would be a whopper. Toss in a first-round pick as well and you’ve got a deal that looks great on paper for Columbus. The chances of Philly giving up that much young talent to make it happen while not strengthening their defensive unit seems slim.

As Panaccio stresses, it’s all rumors right now but with Howson and Blue Jackets senior adviser Craig Patrick both scouting the Flyers personally, that provides enough fuel to keep the rumors burning.

  1. phillyphever - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Homer, hang up the phone and walk away. Don’t even think about gutting the team for someone who isn’t even someone we need. Now if it’s for Weber, then go for it, but that’s the only guy that’s worth giving up a lot for.

    • phillyphever - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Plus, Nash doesn’t have the Flyers on his list of teams he wants to be traded to. Still, DON’T DO IT HOMER!!!!

      • psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Tomas Kaberle is the only player I can remember unwilling to waive his no trade to go to Philly, and he wouldn’t waive it to go anywhere I wouldn’t worry about that.

      • phillyphever - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        You never know psu, you never know.

      • psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        A lifetime of following the Leafs has left me jaded. The FLyers offered Giroux or Carter, our choice, for Kaberle, and Tomas said no. Love ya for wanting to play here Tomas, but holy heck.

      • vicktator - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        you can dream, but flyers were never gonna trade away giroux

    • greggoldberg - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      This times infinity

  2. The Baseball Gods - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    You obviously don’t understand what Panaccio was saying Yerdon. It’s either Schenn and Couturier OR Bobrovsky, Van Riemsdyk, 1st round pick, and another player. Not both of them combined idiot.

  3. The Baseball Gods - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I would do Van Riemsdyk, Bobrovsky, 1st round pick, and Bourdon for Nash. I would not give up Schenn or Couturier.

  4. ml3939 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Does he play goalie?

    • jdubs21 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Ha ha! Stuck with Bryzgalov for another 8 years.

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Philly needs a goalie?

    • billy00balls - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Amen brother!

  6. jdubs21 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Who isn’t talking to Nash? I heard the Yankees are putting together a package with Burnett and some prospects for Nash.

    • contraryguy - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Nash vs Hughes 4th starter, heh.

      CBJ just gave up 6 vs the Bhawks, and looked as bad as that sounds. When they trade Rick I hope they ask and get the world. So they can break.500.

  7. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    report: flyers are getting destroyed by “the franchise” hahahaha

    • psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      1) Your name is actually offensive. It’s just immature and a disgusting visual.

      2) Did you watch that game? The Flyers outplayed the Pens except for 5 soft goals. I wouldn’t be running my mouth too much as a Pens fan. It’s the first time you’ve beaten the Flyers in something other than a shootout since October 2010…and they’re undefeated in your building.

      • fleurysteeth - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        1) stop being a poon.

        2) did you catch the final score? THE FRANCHISE won. Lady Byng Cooke ruined them fools. Soup Can Sid is proud of his little champions.

  8. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    1. filthadelphia lost to “the franchise”
    2. filthadelphia couldn’t hold “the franchises” jocks in the playoffs
    3. soup can sid will be back soon to wipe both of your no show goalies in his butt hole

  9. uncledick - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Obviously Goaltending is the key problem. However, you can not move Bryz, so if you cant stop goals you better be able to score a lot. Clearly Homer sees this thus justifying his interest in Nash.

  10. broadstbully33 - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM


    • mmmpierogi - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Good job, pal – get worked up over it.

    • tribesofneurot - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

  11. yardstickstaal - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    What A Game, Filthys goaltenders are terrible!!! Soupcan Sid’s leftover foreskin could stop more shots than either of these jokes. And speaking of jokes, “outplayed the pens execpt for 5 soft? goals” is one of the dumbest statements ever made on this site. Obviously PSUJay didn’t finish his education at PSU. Maybe when he’s done testifing at Sanduskys case he can finish up that degree.

  12. garryjercia - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Id take Schenn, Bobs, and some picks for Nash — and Mason. or just mason.

  13. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    id take an aids patient over anyone on the filthadelphia flyers.

  14. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I like the Flyers but I will say it again THEY NEED A GOALIE!

  15. sabufrompitt - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    If the fly boys think they are going to fleece another down-and-out team, they had better think again.
    Especially if a Buffalo or Montreal wants to put their high level first round pick into play. What happened in Atlanta post Zhitnik deal is well known.. Craig Patrick will make sure Scott Howson wins out on any deal with you guys.

    Philly is unbelieveable. You’re like kids in a candy store that can’t help yourselves. Face it, you screwed up royally getting rid of Mike Richards..and Carter. Now you want Nash. it never ends. Meanwhile 1975 gets further in the rear view mirror

    • phillyphever - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Ah, have you seen how Richards and Carter are playing for their new teams compared to the players we got in return? We won those trades easily.

    • emoser - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Think we might have a winner for dumbest comment of the day. Given the above, that’s saying a lot.

  16. mayortito - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    i am walking away from the flyers if schenn and couts go out the door.

    • psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Where ya from? Pittsburgh?

      • mayortito - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        thankfully not from pittsburgh. philadelphia born and raised on the playground where i spent most of my days.

        the “missing piece” might just be too young. as good as lindros was, he was not forsberg concussions aside. build for the future. have faith the youth will develop. the flyers have exceeded expectations this season considering the number of rookies playing quality minutes. grossman/kubina should help sure up the D. cut down on the turnovers and pray the goalies stop being as soft as our pretzels. make a playoff run, see what happens, then build on it for next year.

        plus developing youth worked for the phillies pretty nicely in 2008 with rollins, utley, howard, and hamels.

  17. bilbo192 - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Pittsburg is not even a real city, it’s just a large town haha. I still picture people walking around it in minors hats with dirt on thier faces.

    How does it feel to know Sid the Kid will never play again, and all that time vested in his return is wasted. And soon “The Franchise” will be back to bankrupt and Mario won’t be able to help.

    I liked Richards alot was sorry to see him go but you have to move on to make a change. The Flyers will not trade away this youth now, schen, courtier, read, ect. they truly are our future. As they grow and get older we will be able to build up the farm team and reload. I’m just happy sean coutier got so sick so he could fall so far in the draft for us.

    Ever since lindbergh we have been cursed for our goaltenders.

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