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Kicking the tires? Ottawa interested in Rick Nash

Jun 19, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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By now you know all about the main teams interested in Rick Nash. You’ve got the Rangers, Sharks, Flyers, Bruins, and Maple Leafs all floating around as contenders. But what about the Ottawa Senators?

Blue Jackets play-by-play man Jeff Rimer said on Columbus radio this weekend the Sens are asking about Nash and Ian Mendes of Sportsnet examined the possibility a bit closer. The chances are minimal Nash could wind up in Ottawa as they’re not likely on his list of teams he’d go to and it may just be a tactical move by the Jackets to name-drop another interested team, but all that aside, Mendes looks at what it might take to land Nash.

Ottawa would most certainly have to part with a player like first-round pick Mika Zibanejad, as well as goaltending prospect Robin Lehner. And when you start trading your most valuable prospects, it’s an indication that the future is right now.

The chances you’d see Sens GM Bryan Murray give up on 2011 first-round pick Zibanejad, who the organization loves, are minimal even for a guy like Nash. Still, with Daniel Alfredsson retiring soon, either this summer or next, the Senators’ need for a big scoring winger is there. Is Nash at his monster cap hit the guy to fill that eventual hole? Perhaps not when it means mortgaging the future.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Hopefully (and according to Peter Chiarelli) you might BOS to scratch off the contender list as well.

    • obamablowz - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      So tired of hearing about this guy

      • east96st - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Then why do you comment on every post where he’s mentioned? Based on your own statement, that means you’re either 1) obsessed 2) stupid 3) a liar or 4) some combination of the above.

      • obamablowz - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        1. obsessed with hockey, 2. I suppose 3. lie about being tired of hearing about him? 4. maybe 2 of 4 mentioned

  2. lucicfan603 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    No way the Sens get Nash

  3. bhawkce - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    sens probably won’t get him, but it could lead into a three way deal maybe..then again, this is Howson doing the trade,… :/

  4. stakex - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Its unlikely Nash would agree to go to Ottawa. Don’t forget since he has a no trade clause he gets to say where he goes…

  5. creasemasta41 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I doubt he even gets traded at this point, howson is asking way to much for a 30 year old player who in 5 years will become irrelevant, similar to joe thorton. No team is gonna trade away that much of their future for him. right now it seems hes asking for 2 prospects, a 1st round pick, and a roster player, which is why no deal has been done because it would be similar to the kessel trade, and we all know how well that turned out for the leafs

    • miketoasty - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      He just turned 28, pretty big difference if you ask me.

      Nick Lidstrom played until he was 42, no player can be considered “Too old” until we start seeing it on the ice.

      The trade may happen if a team decides he is worth it, but knowing that there aren’t many interested suitors, the teams involved can take their time and see if this guy is really what they want, which is why this is taking so long. I really think a trade will happen, as Columbus is basically in a rebuilding mode (Aren’t they every year) and Nash is no longer interested in staying there.

  6. danphipps01 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Man, it’s a shame Eric Staal doesn’t want out of Carolina. I’d much sooner swing a prospect package for him than for Nash. As long as we’re talking behemoth contracts, I’d rather take a guy who’s never notched less than seventy points over a guy who’s only crossed that mark once in his career.

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