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Report: Flyers aren’t out of the mix for Rick Nash

Feb 25, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

Rick Nash

Although nothing serious has developed yet, the Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly still discussing the possibility of a Rick Nash trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks have also been linked to Nash recently. In addition, there’s a chance that the Vancouver Canucks might enter the Nash sweepstakes now that they have freed up some cap space by putting Keith Ballard on the long-term injured reserve list.

In Philadelphia’s case, they certainly have the pieces in place to present the Blue Jackets with a very compelling package, but they might be reluctant to meet Columbus’ demands. When Philadelphia was initially linked to Nash, it didn’t make a ton of sense from the Flyers perspective, given that a scoring winger wasn’t high on their list of needs. There are still some compelling reasons why Philadelphia might not be the best fit for Nash. For example, they might find it difficult in the long run to integrate Nash’s $7.8 million annual cap hit. However, they have already satisfied one of their more urgent priorities by acquiring defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman last week, so perhaps they’re now broadening their horizons.

  1. kingjoe1 - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I hope the Flyers are in this just to drive up the cost to the Rangers. Unless Bryzgalov gets white hot in the playoffs the Flyers could go back in time and get the Great One and still not make it to the Cup.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    According to CBC HNinC, it looks like the Jackets are holding pat for a team to overpay. I highly doubt the Flyers will be that team. We really don’t need him. We need the defense to sure up it’s play and Bryz to find ‘peace in his soul.’ We get that, we have a chance for parade down Broad St.

  3. firemarshal1 - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    GM Sather, DON’T BE STUPID. Make the trade only if you have to give up the following: Dubinsky, Erixon, and 1st and 3rd round picks for Nash. Seriously that’s a fair trade for both parties. Nobody loses in the trade. Blue Jackets are in NO position to dictate the trade. The NYR’s can stay put with their current roster. Screw the Blue Jackets.

  4. firemarshal1 - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Hey the Flyers could make a run for Nash, because they could possibly not make playoffs. That would make the Flyer fans ferris. They’ll be in high scoring games, they need the extra scoring punch.

  5. rainyday56 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Looks like most teams don’t need a player of Mr. Nash’s talents. But hey, that’s Gary Bettman’s NHL. . .

  6. cmv08 - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Flyers win the cup and pigs will soon fly. How many times can Philly get away with giving up 4-8 goals? Brilliant decision to stick with the garbage D and Goalies. Nothing new for the Criers.

  7. lfsportsnut - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Love all the haters!

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