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Report: Jackets want four big pieces for Rick Nash

Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

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According to CBC’s The Hot Stove, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is seeking two prospects, a player that can make an immediate impact, and a first round draft pick for Rick Nash. That’s a steep price, but it’s worth noting that Columbus isn’t just looking to trade their best player, they’re talking about parting ways with the face of the franchise. This is a team that some casual hockey fans might only be able to identify as the one that Nash plays for. If they trade Nash, what they get back in the deal could have a significant impact on the long-term success of their franchise.

That being said, asking prices tend to be higher than what’s actually agreed upon. Howson might be willing to settle for less, especially if the market for Nash isn’t as big as he might have hoped. Then again, Howson might be comfortable with holding onto Nash until at least the summer even if he is reportedly unhappy. We’ll know one way or the other soon enough.

  1. cup0pizza - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Dallas can do that. Make it happen.

  2. psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    He won’t get as much in the summer, so if you’re gonna do it the time is now.

    • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      I think he could get more in the summer. Look at the hall phili got for richards. Nash>than richards. Its easier to fit people under the cap in the offseason

  3. bearsnbills - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Nash will come to the Predators and truly make it…Nash-ville… For Suter…

  4. ajsjr40 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    B’s should do Krecji, Rask, Knight and a first for Nash and Mason. Build the future around Nash, Seguin, Lucic, Chara and Doug Hamilton. Plenty of support with Bergeron, Peverly, Marchand, etc.

    • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      take your pick hat off that is terrible

      • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        pink*

    • pepper2011 - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Actually kind of agree. you know what Krejci is. A very good player, but takes some time off in the regular season. A beast in the playoffs. Rask will be a very good goalie, but he’s not gonna sit around forever. Thomas is still as good if not better – I don’t see that changing too dramatically in the next year. The Bruins system is good and it would help Mason find himself (he is younger than Rask) . If not, there are a good group of free agents in 13′ (after thomas’ deal is up) -Howard, Lehtonen Backstrom, Quick. Knight will be a fringe top 6, but probably a good third line player. Krejci is making a lot of money for your third highest scoring center next year. Calling him a pink hat isn’t exactly true. Maybe you could re-examine the trade. Seguin is your # 1 center for the next decade.
      this is what your lines would look like for the next couple years. What is the one thing you worry about with seguin. – I worry about people taking liberties. You think anyone would go near him with 500lbs of wings on the ice- plus chara and hamilton?
      Lucic-Seguin-Nash
      Marchand-Bergeron-Horton
      Spooner/Pouliott- Peverley- Caron/Kelly
      Paille-Campbell-Thornton.
      It’s really not that crazy of an idea. Peverlely can always move up if Horton’s injury is worse than we all think. So I ask – why so terrible? They also have that HS kid (goalie) they drafted last year.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        They also have khokhlachev who will be as good as knight.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        Nash is no slouch. 35+ goals a year on a team with NO other offensive threats. None. It means he is being paired up with every other teams best defenseman 82 games a year. I would need a pick back 2nd or 3rd. Nash is still only 27.

      • odj810 - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

        your just looking at the term to simple, which it is anything but. I agree that krejci is in and out way to streaky, but he can be dominant. Rask is a great goalie and PC knows what he has. My promblem is I don’t think nash is 2.6 million dollars better than david kreci.certainly isn’t once you add rask’s value.You NEED that money. a 7.8 salary cap for 6 more years is just to big of a salary to take on. You have Tyler seguin brad marchand and milan lucic that need knew contracts after next year. bringing in rick nash makes that impossible in my opinion to keep those guys and have nash. And free agency is not the way to go to get premier players. It rarely works and you end up overspending considerably- see leino. So i will agree that your lineup looks great, its just not possible. add up those players potential salaries. Keep the core together. I’m not opposed to trading krejci just not with the rest of the pieces and not for that mega of a contract.

      • dolanster - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        I’d do Nash for Rask + Krejci (and prospects) in a heartbeat, but I’d prefer Sanford to Mason back as a G. The Rask situation is just going to fester — commit to TT and ride him. Rask needs to go and there will never be a better time to deal him. Krejci has maybe peaked. I don’t blame him for an off year but I’d let him go to get Nash. The money is the issue, but PC can make it work. Anyone who doesn’t like this deal hasn’t seen enough of Nash playing. He could be a Forsberg or Lemeuix with a better team. Dominant. Scary every shift. B’s need more of that right now.

      • odj810 - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        looks like it doesn’t matter anyway because PC stated he’s not in the nash sweepstakes. PC knows best.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        Agree that the cap hit is high, but it’s do-able. You’ll have some money coming off in Horton & Thomas. You still have Savard’s money which they haven’t LTIR’d yet. You will probably lose Marchand, but he’ll still be restricted as well Lucic (maybe deal him for schneider?- HA!?!) – so you’ll get close to a kessel package back- although admittedly the chances of getting two players like seguin and Hamilton are slim. Yes, I think Nash is worth 2.8 more than krejci. Who next year will be your 3rd line center. Don’t get me wrong I won’t be heart broken to have a Bruin; as you said he can be dominate. I know Rask is good, but Mason has shown signs and like I said if it doesn’t work out- there is always free agency. Remember Quick went to UMASS. I know the Bruins were depleted when they lost the 3 game lead to Philly a couple years ago, but Rask needed to win them one game and he couldn’t. He is good no doubt, but I think having Chara infront of you 25+ minutes a night makes you look good too.

      • odj810 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        you say when the money is coming off with thomas, but yet whose gonna play goal for us then if you trade rask. didn’t we realize with the bryz contract that goalie contracts are REDICULOUS. Gotta be homegrown and signed young. I don’t know if I trust seguin as a first liner yet. He to is inconsistent. I don’t think rask is or will ever be the number one goalie in the world. But if you think mason is the answer in net your crazy. stick to the plan, if you wanna give up kreci fine but to give up kreci rask a 1st and knight wayyy to much.

  5. bcisleman - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Howson is under NO pressure to move Nash at all if the offers are not to his liking. I doubt a deal happens before this summer anyway, but Howson has Nash under contract until 2018 I think. If he doesn’t hear an offer he likes, he can just go on with the rebuilding with Nash and Yakupov and Johanssen and Moore and whoever else is left after this summer.

  6. bcjim - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    The “steep price” here is Nash’s contract. Even for a decent player, that is an anvil around a teams neck.

    33.5 g/yr gets 7.8M? forever?

    Alex Semin is a ufa…throw money at him. Get the same production (maybe better) for probably 2 mil less/yr and shorter term.

    • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      completely agree that nash’s steep price is the contract, in a hardcap league cap space is vital. Though I can’t agree that you can compare nash and semin. Nash works it butt off and is a good 2 way hockey player in all situations, and can score, fight and be physical. Semin is talented but his compete level is awful, he’s not a player you want on your team if your looking to win a championship.

  7. contraryguy - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Anymore I’m just checking in to see how bad the Nash pic is that that PHT is posting… this one’s about a 7 of 10….

    It’s the 19th and the trade deadline is the 27th. Lotta miles to go. Heaven help us and get a goalie…

  8. 4cupsinarow - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Nash is over paid and overrated. I’m glad my team isn’t on his list as I think the kids we’d have to give up have more upside and potentially brighter futures. Just what I want a guy who has broken the 70 pt mark only once in his 8 yr career. What’s that 1.5 million per 10 pts… Lol!!!

  9. bigtganks - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Later!!

  10. goalie007 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    I suspect that Howson is going to find that the market for Nash isn’t going to be as big as he thinks. Nash is a tremendously skilled player, but he’s never been much of a two way player. He also really has never played the game with the competetive fire that you would expect a player of his ability to have. He’s always seemed to coast by on reputation. Columbus has never won anything with him. At this point, I’d like to see what they can get for him and see what kind of improvement they can make going forward.

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