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Welcome the Nashville Predators to the Rick Nash rumor mill

Feb 26, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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We’ve been hearing all about how the Maple Leafs, Rangers, and Sharks are all hot after Blue Jackets trade bait Rick Nash. What if there was a team sneaking up on the outside to land him?

Enter the Nashville Predators.

David Boclair of The City Paper in Nashville says that sources have told him that the Predators have made an offer to Columbus for Nash.

The Predators have made an offer of their own for the 27-year-old power forward, multiple sources have confirmed. While it seems unlikely the Blue Jackets would want to deal their best player to a division opponent that regularly whips up on them, the attempt to get Nash speaks to Poile’s attempts to satisfy his top players’ desire for more elite talent and to strengthen the team’s chances to make a significant playoff run.

Boclair spitballs that an offer involving Colin Wilson, Jonathon Blum or Ryan Ellis as well as other prospects or draft picks would likely be in any offer.

Based on other rumors for Nash, a young defenseman seems to be a must-have for the Jackets, but whether or not Preds GM David Poile would pony up someone like Ellis as part of an offer is up for debate. There’s also the fact that Nashville might not be on Nash’s list of teams he’d OK a deal to but let’s put that aside for now.

Of course, none of this is taking into thought the effect landing Nash would have on the Predators’ salary cap situation. The Preds still have to get deals worked out with Ryan Suter and Shea Weber and Nash’s $7.8 million cap hit would make things really awkward at the negotiating table with both defensemen.

  1. vshehane - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    NASHville would be a perfect fit for Rick.

  2. gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Let them have Ellis, Wilson and a 1st. Ellis is only a PP specialist unfortunately

  3. contraryguy - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Trading with division rival Nashville would be seen as a huge insult to CBJ fans; the Preds have always been a thorn in the Jackets side, having as much success against them as better teams like Detroit have had over the years. Just…. no. Please.

    • tcclark - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Nashville has been a lot better than columbus for many years now. you’re only a thorn in the side if you are constantly beating a team that is better than you. It’s not like the Patriots have been a thorn in the Bills side the past ten years.

  4. geo91 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Inter-divisional trade? Is the gm trying to get fired? Holy smokes

  5. ikillchicken - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I never understood the wildly vitriolic reaction to in division trades. Sure, you don’t want to make one of the teams you frequently compete with better but at the end of they day they’re just one team. Making your team better should easily take priority.

    Anyway, I really do hope this is true. I really like Nashville. I love that they’re actually getting the crowd support (unlike other non-traditional markets). I really hope management steps up and spends some money.

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      I agree. A trade like this, although inter-divisional, would benefit both teams.n It would increase the Preds chances of going far in the playoffs and the Jackets would be getting 2 good young players and a pick that would benefit a team that is rebuilding greatly. By the time the Jackets have developed their team fully a Nash deal like this would be in the rear mirror. For all we know at that point Nash my not even be with the Preds or their team may not be nearly as good as they are this year.

  6. 6blueliner - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    weber, suter, nash, rinne, fisher, just to name a few means just a matter of time before the holy grail comes to nashville! Take that titans!

  7. 6blueliner - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    weber, suter, rinne, fisher, nash, only a matter of time before the holy grail comes to smashville! take that titans!

    • emoser - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Was this really such as upgrade over your first post that you needed to leave the exact message twice just so you could sub “smash” for “nash”?

    • emoser - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Was this really such an upgrade over your first post that you needed to leave the exact message twice just so you could sub “smash” for “nash”?

    • emoser - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Is this really such an upgrade over your first post that you needed to leave the exact message twice just so you could sub “smash” for “nash”?

      (see how annoying this is?)

      • bethgoesglobal - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        So why repeat one man’s blunder- does it really bother you that much that you need make your “point” 3x over- now THAT’S annoying!!!

  8. tcclark - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I don’t get the issue with inter-divisional trades outside of a publicity issue. I mean yes, you don’t want to trade your franchise player to a division rival, but you also don’t want to trade your top prospect and draft picks to a division rival. The point of a trade is for both teams to get better. It rarely works that way, but if Columbus can get better by gaining Ellis etc. than what do they have to lose? It’s not like they’re going to beat Nashville anyway.

  9. IainRWB - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Can’t say it’s not hugely appealing. Would be a huge statement. Obviously some downside as well, but one Cup outweighs any of that.

  10. 6blueliner - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    hey emoser, love ya, man. Bet you have a mullet on top of that pea brain??!!

  11. akritchie - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Columbus should demand an assistant GM as part of any package from Nashville.

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