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Let the Rick Nash trade frenzy begin… Again

May 27, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

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After Rick Nash wasn’t traded at the deadline this season, you knew it would just be a matter of time before the rumors and speculation on where he was headed would begin again.

That time is now as Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch writes, as GM Scott Howson will begin chatting with interested teams at the GM meetings on Wednesday. Portzline says if you’re eyeballing a date when a deal could happen, there are two big ones to keep in mind.

Howson will likely get his best offers on the night of the NHL draft’s first round, set for June 22 in Pittsburgh. It could happen the day before, as did the Jackets’ trade for Jeff Carter last year. But if the NHL draft passes with Nash still a Blue Jacket, the next target date arrives in the days after free agency opens on July 1.

As he notes, the Blue Jackets were busy around draft day last summer and the same might happen this year as well. As for the Blue Jackets and how they’re preparing for next season, Portzline notes coach Todd Richards conspicuously left out Nash when discussing next season. When you leave out Nash and you’re mentioning Jack Johnson, R.J. Umberger, Vinny Prospal, and Cam Atkinson it might be safe to assume the team is already moving on without Rick Nash in mind.

With teams like the Bruins perhaps in the hunt for Nash as well as past suitors like the Rangers and Sharks maybe looking to add a big piece to their rosters, it could be an ideal market for Howson to get the offer he’s dreaming of. He’d better hope so or else things could get really awkward.

  1. Matt - May 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Can somebody please explain why Scott Howson is employed, how he’s allowed to make the single biggest trade in the history of the Columbus organization? Because he’s pretty awful: http://inwordsandphrases.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/why-you-need-to-stop-defending-scott-howson/

  2. flyerscup2010 - May 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Dude needs to be a Flyer

    • lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Do you Flyer fans EVER shut up?

      Between you guys and the Maple Leafs. NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY IN YOUR CRAPPY TOWN….. You’re not going to trade for every good player in the league, just shut up for 5 seconds

      thanks

      • danphipps01 - May 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        Detroit fans could really stand to lighten up on it too. I’m getting tired of “He’ll look good in the Winged Wheel!” EVERY TIME SOMEONE’S UP FOR FREE AGENCY. Seriously, Wings fans, your team got unceremoniously dumped on its ass this year. It’s not exactly the most attractive destination anymore.

      • obamablowz - May 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        The biggest winner will be the one that DOESN’T make a move for this bum

      • polegojim - May 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        Hey Dan…. Parise WILL look great with the Winged Wheel

        Nash or Ovi… not so much.

      • flyerscup2010 - May 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Dude still needs to be a Flyer

  3. ironmike778 - May 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Would love to see the B’s make a push for this guy. They have enough available to get it done. Start with Krejci.

  4. neelyisgod - May 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    The B”s should try to get a package involving Nash & Jack Johnson

    • lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Nash and JJ ??? LOL.

      good luck with that. You would be sending Seguin and Rask over for that… doesn’t make sense to go after both and it is impossible.

      Just be happy with Nash.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Jack Johnson sucks

    • danphipps01 - May 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      I thought your problem with Wideman was that he couldn’t play defense. And you want JACK JOHNSON of all people? Have you even seen this guy play?

  5. ironmike778 - May 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    No doubt. But I’d be happy as hell with just Nash. Only untouchable forwards for me are Bergeron and Seguin. Open to any other reasonable offers.

  6. polegojim - May 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Question is: Will Nash chase the Cash…. or the Cup???

    • nogoodtomedead - May 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      He already has the cash

    • creasemasta41 - May 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Its not like hes gonna take a pay cut when he gets traded. He still gets paid the same nomatter where he plays

    • danphipps01 - May 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      He’s signed at $7.8m for several more years. He doesn’t really have to chase the money anymore, dude. Only thing left for him to go for is the glory, if he’s willing to suffer through the pain it takes to get there.

    • polegojim - May 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Cmon guys… I know he HAS cash… of course he HAS the cash…

      Will he sacrifice maximum earnings for a chance to win it all? Many have not.

      Sheeeesh…. not that difficult of a question.

  7. blueblood86 - May 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Please don’t go to the Rangers!
    We don’t want a last place team captain

    • danphipps01 - May 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      The hell…? Why would Parise be captain? Callahan’s the leader of the team. Do you even know the Rangers roster, like, at all? They’re not just gonna toss the captaincy to the most expensive guy. If that were the case, your “captain” would be Gaborik.

      • taytay099 - May 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        He’s referring to Nash who’s the captain of a last place team. It was a poorly worded comment.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - May 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Most overrated player available this year, he makes $7.8 million per year but in his 9 year career he’s only put up 40+ goals twice and 70+ points twice.

    Somehow he gets paid like a superstar and will get traded for a superstars worth when the reality is he’s just a good player and likely will be on the third or fourth best player on whichever team trades for him.

    And for those that say “he had no one to play with” superstars make players around them better, they don’t need players to make them look good.

    • east96st - May 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Clearly, you’ve never watched a Jackets game. Can’t say I blame you, in fact, in some ways I envy your ignorance. But your comment just makes you look like an idiot. Nash DOES, in fact, make players around him better. However, no ONE, and I mean no ONE, overcomes a goalie that can’t make a stop. Hard for Rick to score when he has to play defense all game long. Equally hard to score when opposing teams can put two or three guys on you, you pass to the open man, and he can’t score.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Sorry you can make all the excuses you want but he’s not a superstar, even in the one year he was able to lead a team to the playoffs his numbers were at best average. The guy is a former first overall pick with a massive contract who’s a good player BUT he’s another piece of the puzzle not the piece you build around.

        He’s played 9 seasons, he’s scored 289 goals (avg of 32 per year) he’s accounted for 547 points (avg of 61 per year) he’s averaged 0.8 points per game in his career, and has put up 83 power play goals (29% of his goals) he’s also -71 in his career and put up 568 pim which means he neither excels defensively nor does he play a physical game.

        Help me understand this what makes him a superstar player? What makes him worth the price a team is going to have to pay in players and money? Cause every way I look at it he’s just a good player with a contract that is way too big for the returns he provides.

      • east96st - May 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        atwater – Sorry this above your latest comment, but it won’t allow me to directly reply.. Again, you clearly have not watched him play. I could bore you, and everyone else, and explain what an unmitigated disaster the Jackets have been since they signed Nash, but it’s pointless. You think stats tell the story of an individual player playing a team game. Which is just silly, but if that’s what works for you, so be it. My recommendation, write a strongly worded letter to your favorite team’s GM listing all the reasons you want him NOT to try to trade for Nash. I’m sure the GM in question will give your letter all the respect and consideration it deserves.

  9. tobie1003 - May 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    How bout Nash to the CAPS. They could use some leadership!

  10. mclovinhockey - May 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    As a flyers fan I gotta say, I hope he goes to a place like Boston for lucic and Marchand. Nash is a great player but that cap hit is crazy. He would not be worth the price in Philly.
    If he gets traded to Boston for lucic and Marchand (just hoping) not only does Boston’s dirty label drop drastically, but boson will have a star player which is something they have not had up front in a while.

    Now for the dick bashing Philly and leafs fans for talking about them hoping to get players, calm down. Philly and Toronto have had 2 of the top 4 fan bases in the league for a long time now (also Montreal and Detroit) they have a ton of fans and their teams are known for making big moves so it’s not their fault they think they have a good shot at getting players.

  11. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    If I was Minneota, I’d offer Mikko Koivu for Nash

  12. scrap7681 - May 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    “Like, at all??” You got the balls to criticize Philly and Toronto talking like that? Go home to your boyfriend and play hide the penis with your gay ass vocab!

  13. greyngrace - May 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I think Nash is a very good player who could help put a team say the Sharks over the top but if you have to give up a Pavelski and/or Clowe you don’t get better and at best it’s a lateral move. The Sharks and especially Doug Wilson need a positive trade after the Jamie McGinn fiasco. Plus they added Dominick Moore down the stretch to take Handzus’ place and he never scored even one goal.

  14. letsgosjsharks - May 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    If the Sharks make this move… The cup could have San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup champions 2012-2013 engraved on it.

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