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Columbus still interested in hearing offers for Rick Nash

Feb 23, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

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Say what you will about Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson – he’s not sitting idly by as the trade deadline approaches. Howson has already loaded up on youth and picks with the Antoine Vermette and Jeff Carter trades, but Aaron Portzline reports that Rick Nash is “still available for [the] right price.”

Really, the only difference is that the Los Angeles Kings are no longer in the running (barring something really bizarre happening).

Plenty of other teams have reportedly shown interest in Nash, with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks making the biggest waves so far. Just about any contender with some cap space could conceivably get in the bidding, as long as they’re willing to pay the price in terms of assets and Nash’s $7.8 million cap hit.

The Carter trade only solidifies the notion that Nash will come at a significant cost since Columbus received a first-round pick and a talented young defenseman in that swap.

Moving Carter might relax a little bit of the tension for Howson to move Nash by the deadline itself. Much has been made about the off-season potentially being a better time to maximize his trade value since it’s likely that more teams could be in the bidding, but the pressure was really building.

Now Blue Jackets fans might be appeased by the fact that Howson got a nice package for a guy who clearly didn’t want to stay in Columbus.

If nothing else, hockey fans have at least one blockbuster trade to chew on, so this year’s general trade deadline time won’t be a total letdown – even if the day itself ends up being underwhelming.

More on the big Carter-to-LA trade: All sides seem happy with the move.

  1. AppealToReason - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I don’t see the goaltender in a trade with any of those teams above. However, that may not be as much a sticking point right as first believed. If they get a first back in a Nash deal with some young players, then they could move a combination of the picks they have after getting whoevers first as well as LA’s. I’m sure LA wouldn’t be averse to getting theirs back in a potential Bernier deal. Or Vancouver moving Schneider and getting some picks to keep the farm running.

  2. oquintero99 - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    The only thing missing is Howson being moved. He just made CBJ take 5 more years to “rebuild” and still no goalie.

  3. jagrbomb18 - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    When’s the last time you saw a goalie in a trade…silly CBJ fans…

  4. phillyphever - Feb 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    IDK about this offseason, considering there’s no CBA past this one and no way of knowing what the cap’s gonna be (I gotta think the small market teams are gonna push for something to reduce the cap floor so they don’t have to go to the red just to make the floor). I would trade Nash now and get value now than wait until the offseason and potentially having his value hit if the new CBA has new rules in regards to the salary cap (and knowing Fehr, he’s gonna get his way with that).

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