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Rick Nash is staying put

Feb 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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After all the bluster and hopes of his agent to see his client dealt by the deadline, Rick Nash is staying put in Columbus.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson confirms they have not traded their superstar captain. That’s not to say they weren’t wowed by an offer though, as TSN’s Darren Dreger says the New York Rangers made a massive offer to Columbus to try and land Nash.

One rumored offer last week had the Rangers putting up names like Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh along with rookie Tim Erixon as well as a draft pick for Nash. If the Rangers stepped up their offer from that, that’s more than impressive and makes you wonder what exactly Howson had in mind for what he wanted to get Nash.

Hearing the Rangers stepped up so big in the end is also surprising as it was just yesterday they felt they were out of the hunt for Nash given what the Jackets were asking for. Now Columbus will have questions to answer over the summer and they’ll have to reexamine what they’ll be doing with Nash and whether it’ll be a good situation for him to stay in Columbus.

  1. djamesbart - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    B O R I N G

    The worst trade deadline evah

  2. 1022555a - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Hey Nash, next trade window your management should ask for 5 player and a draft pick, then all the teams will want your salary hit and you’ll be surely picked up…sigh

  3. dbick - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Hard to believe Columbus would turn down an offer that beats the one from the Rangers listed above. What more could they possibly be asking for? Do they think Rick Nash is a Crosby/Malkin/Giroux level player?

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Make no mistake : Nash is very very good, but you’re right, not on a Crosby/Malkin level

  4. babar61 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

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