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Report: Up to seven teams express “significant” interest in Rick Nash

Jun 15, 2012, 9:41 AM EST

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With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft rapidly approaching, Rick Nash‘s tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets might be nearing its end.

Teams are likely to have significant interest in using draft picks as potential trade chips in a Nash deal. Additionally, any team that gets Nash around the draft will still have time to adjust their strategy for the free agent market.

According to the Columbus Dispatch’s NHL sources, up to seven teams have already expressed “significant” interest in Rick Nash over the last 10 days. There’s also another three or four that have “kicked the tires” to gauge what Nash would cost them.

The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Carolina Hurricanes are all believed to have considerable interest in Nash’s services. However, there’s also a real possibility that an overlooked contender might swoop in and wrestle Nash away from the Blue Jackets.

Columbus GM Scott Howson is hoping to get a big return for the face of their franchise. After a disastrous season, Howson needs this deal to represent a turning point. That’s not a simple task given Nash’s $7.8 million annual cap hit, but one way or another, we might not have to wait much longer to find out what Nash is worth to another team.

UPDATE: NHL.com reports the number of teams interested in Nash has now jumped to 10.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I would be absolutely shocked if Nash isn’t leaving Columbus, and I hope he does. I’d like to see him have success somewhere and Columbus isn’t going to be a contender for a good few seasons more, if ever.

    He’s prime-aged and he’s got good talent that could see a boost when playing with a solid line. I shudder to think what would happen if a solid offensive team like Philly picked him up.

    • stakex - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Well first of all Nash is done in Columbus. Theres no doubt about that.

      Second, I doubt how much more dangerous Philly would become after a Nash trade. Not only are they gonna have to give up at least one of their current offensive assets, Nash’s cap hit will make it hard for the Flyers to address their obvious issue…. defense. They will never win a cup with the defense they have right now, no matter how much they front load their offense.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        If Philly picked him up, what would they be giving? To start it would be JVR and his 4M cap hit. Nash’s cap hit is 7.8M. Difference is 3M, and Nash has a higher chance of staying healthy, and also hitting 60+ points. JVR’s contract is based on potential, he may or may not reach it, if he doesn’t he will become an overpaid 3rd liner.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Diff is actually 3.8M*

  2. mclovinhockey - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Nothing, cause of a primed o team like Philly picked him up they would still be looking for D, and at 7.8 mill a year Philly would have to trade a lot just to fit him in the team.

    If Philly does get him I hope they would turn around and say offer me more than I gave up and you can get Nash.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    LEAFS

  4. mmazzzzzz - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I’d love to see Nash in Rangers blue. Just what we need.

    • stakex - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      I would rather see him not come to the Rangers to be honest. Hes a good player, but Columbus wants two arms and a leg for him (Dubinsky, Del Zotto, top prospect, and a 1st round pick is a LOT)… not to mention his $7.8 million cap hit is far more then Nash is actually worth.

  5. jimw81 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    It’s a two team race btw flyers and rangers. Flyers have a core package set up To trigger the deal. Jvr news from last night basically sent things in motion. but I’m wondering if flyers are tying to get Sather to take the bate and over trade for Nash. Flyers have played this game before…..

  6. joelwrobinson - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    he’ll be a shark.

    • ineedmorehossa - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      and they’ll still choke

  7. obamablowz - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Fluck Nash…overrated

  8. jimw81 - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    No offense to sharks fans out there, they have a great organization but they aren’t going nowhere with Joe thorthon on that team. That team needs to rebuild.

    Flyers could try to snag a defenseman in this deal because if u look at ufa crop, outside of suter and weber, it sucks. Dont even say matt carle. The weak ufa class is the motivation by flyers to look at Nash.

  9. cgspens - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Columbus is a half-way house for players to stay before they go to teams that really can win. It would take wayyyyy, to long to list all the players that were in the Stanley Cup playoffs that Columbus had. With the luck the CBJ have had they get the All Star game and the league might go on strike… When it rains it pours. Good by Columbus bring back the Chill.

  10. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    As I’ve said all along, overrated player who will cost way too much in assets given up and cap hit to actually be worth it. In 9 seasons he’s surpassed 40 goals twice and 70 points once, that’s not worth a $7.8 million cap hit. He’s a poor man’s Dany Heatly…that’s not a compliment!

    And yes I get that he played in Columbus but truly elite players make the talent around them better they don’t need to play with other superstars to live up to their expectations.

  11. bethgoesglobal - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    What I want to know are who the other 5 teams are!!??!?!?

    The Rangers, Leafs, Flyers, ‘Canes, and Sharks have all been rumored to be “very interested” in Nash since the days leading up to the trade deadline.

    …and can someone tell me who the Leafs are NOT interested in? (not that I’m taking a shot at Leafs fans- seriously- Leafs fans rock!… but come-on, it IS kinda funny)

  12. buffalowned - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Drew stafford Jonas enroth and a first round pick? A power forward and a young goalie who has looked great and just may solve their problems in net

  13. letsgosjsharks - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    San Jose!!!!!!!

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