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Report: San Jose Sharks are very interested in Rick Nash

Feb 21, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

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The San Jose Sharks are doing what they always seem to do: finding a way to win the Pacific Division and remain in the mix as potential Stanley Cup favorites.

Still, the team is strangely heavy on centers after shipping Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi out of town but GM Doug Wilson might just change that up in a big way. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the team is coming on strong in the Rick Nash sweepstakes.

The San Jose Sharks are emerging as a strong contender for Rick Nash. Sources say Columbus initially targeted Logan Couture, but was quickly told that was a non-starter. But, make no mistake, San Jose will stay in the mix until Monday’s deadline.

Wilson isn’t shy to make big moves

For all the knee-jerk criticisms for the Sharks’ playoff struggles – which should probably be downplayed at least a bit after two conference final finishes – Wilson isn’t afraid to swing for the fences with big deals. The recent Heatley and Setoguchi deals are just the most recent examples of his itchy trigger finger, as you may remember Brian Campbell spin-o-rama’d his way through San Jose before Chicago gave him that ridiculous contract.

An appealing potential story

One thing that could make Nash work out especially well in San Jose is his chemistry with Joe Thornton. The two played on the same team overseas when the NHL locked out and they’re logically two parts of a hockey one-timer equation. To paraphrase a line from the movie “Miracle,” Thornton is the “pass” and Nash is the “shoot, score.”

If you’re rooting for drama, this might just be the most interesting possibility for Nash. The Sharks are notorious for “not getting it done” while Nash has never really had a chance to prove himself with a great team in a huge pressure situation. If they failed with him there, it would just give critics that much more ammo. Of course, the flip side is that there would be dual retribution if they succeeded together.

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Anyway, that’s more of a discussion if a trade actually happens. For that to happen, the big questions are: what will Nash cost and would he be worth it?

  1. jrod691 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    As long as Couture, Thornton, Pavelski, Clowe and Burns aren’t leaving I don’t care who the Sharks give up for him.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    no chance this happens before the deadline

  3. sergio408 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Pavelski,McGinn,Greiss, and 212,2013 1st Rd Picks

  4. AlohaMrHand - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Won’t happen,the Jackets will ask for too much.

  5. bensawesomeness - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    as a Wings fan, i’m terrified of this happening, which probably means it’d be really good for the sharks

  6. east96st - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I don’t know if Nash would put them over the top this year. Washing the stink off of playing in Columbus will take time. This season had to leave a mark on the guy’s mind. Will he start to panic if they only have a one goal lead in the last five minutes, forgetting that it’s not Mason back there waiting to blow it? Will he struggle against Detroit thinking he’s the ONLY guy who can score and that he has to do everything? I’m not sure all the bad habits that even the best players pick up playing on such a miserable team can be eliminated in a month or two. He and the Sharks may need to wait until next year before Nash realizes he can trust his teammates to do their job and he can attack the net with abandon. I think he can be a difference maker out there, just not sure it will be right away. Every guy on the Jackets carries scars from this year’s fiasco.

  7. sergio408 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Personally if I was Blue Jackets ownership I wouldnt want to trade my top player, I would instead fire the G.M. and call this a lost season the way Howson handle this season its amazing how he still has a job, Columbus will have 13 mill in cap space, why not build around Nash & Carter trading both will only tell your fanbase that you plan on rebuilding for the next 3-5 years.

    • east96st - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      sergio – Jackets ownership has given the fans the middle finger time and time again. Here in Columbus it is season after season of ownership and management p**sing on you and telling you it’s raining. We’re not as dumb as people think. We know what’s going on. That’s why Nationwide has so many empty seats and the seats that are filled are often bought by the fans of whomever the Jackets are playing that night. As for rebuilding for the next 3-5 years, that would be different from the last 11 years how? If the Jackets played on either coast, the national media would be all over this franchise talking about how it’s one of the worse run sports franchises in the Nation. But because we are in the middle of a state that no one would notice if it disappeared off the face of the Earth, the only time the media even mentions us is when the team tries to trade it’s top player.

  8. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    as the franchise fan, you should be ashamed of yourself for being a red wings fan

  9. schaffershokai - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Dany and Devin need to find a respectable third and start doing this before playing: http://rat-mantheseries.com/episodes.html

  10. doobiepatterson - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    OK a few interesting things of note: #1. Joe Pavelski has more points this year than Rick Nash. #2. They are the same age, with Nash having played more years. #3. If Rick Nash cost 3 million dollars a year more than Pavelski, his numbers especially recent years sure make Pavelski a better value than Nash. That being said as a Sharks fan I want to see Nash join them this year, in time for the playoffs. I would rather see the Sharks unload Marleau and his 6.6 million contract, along with Nick Petricki, Tomas Greiss, and draft pick then trade Pavs. It would make much more sense because you can afford Nash much more if you can unload Pat’s salary. As far a Couture, that is obviously a nonstarter. Hoever if they were going to trade Couture for Nash, it should be straight up swap because Couture’s value factoring age and potential is just as valuable as anything Rick Nash can bring to San Jose.

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