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Senators’ Rick Nash offer reportedly includes Zibanejad

Jun 22, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

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We previously reported that the Ottawa Senators want Columbus’ Rick Nash. Thanks to a recent Calgary Sun report, we have a better idea of just how serious the Senators are about acquiring him.

Ottawa has reportedly offered Mika Zibanejad, Ben Bishop, and Nick Foligno for Rick Nash. That might not be enough to peel Nash away from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but given that Zibanejad is arguably their top prospect, it’s certainly a start.

Based on the Sun’s report, Ottawa is willing to toss in their first round pick to seal the deal. However, before the Senators can move forward, they need to confirm that Nash is willing to waive his no-movement clause to come to Ottawa.

“We have talked to them about the availability of Nash. We have said we have interest,” assistant GM Tim Murray said. “With the prospects we have, if we decided to jump in full bore, I think we have as good a package as anybody.”

Nash would certainly get an opportunity to excel in Ottawa. The Senators are a young team on the rise and Nash would probably look good on a line with Jason Spezza. On top of that, Ottawa has a lot of cap space, so Nash’s $7.8 million annual cap hit would be less of a concern for them. This might be a great match if Nash is willing to go to the Canadian capital.

  1. miketoasty - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I hate to say this, as I feel it is used too much, but I feel this really apply’s here. Nash could be the missing peace for Ottawa. They are already a gritty team with some great scorers, throw Nash on a line with Spezza and Alfredsson to close out his career and I could see the Sens going deep into the playoffs.

    Then again, this makes too much sense for Howson so he probably won’t pull the trigger.

    • polegojim - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Totally agree w you.

      Nash will give them a scoring and offensive skill not easily pushed off the puck.

      He’ll make all those guys better in the O zone.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    How do you not jump on this if you’re Columbus?

    • bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Nash has to approve OTT & CBJ will get other offers trying to match or better this. Fair offer though.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Seems like an easy ok to me. Where would you rather live and work?

      • bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Apparently Nash has put TOR, BOS, PHI, NYR & SJS on his list. Don’t know that OTT is on the list. He’d have to approve it. With acquisition of Bob from PHI, a goalie or goalie prospect is no longer essential.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      …because it’s Columbus?

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    If I’m the jackets I take this deal with the sens pick then trade the jackets pick for some more depth and then start the year with a playoff capable team.

  4. sens101 - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I think this is the best offer the CBJ are going to get for Nash, especially if the offer is inclusive of the first round pick. I’m not sure how Howson could pass this up for something better as it gives them a lot of pieces that they sorely need (blue chip goalie prospect ready to play this year, solid 2nd/3rd line winger in Foligno, and a solid 1st/2nd line future centre in Zibanejad). Especially, if Edmonton doesnt take Yakupov 1st overall tonight and the jackets can draft him, they would be strong down the middle for years to come.

  5. geo91 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    This deal is perfect for both sides! They have to do it i can’t watch another minute of tsn speculation

  6. hoarce7 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Wow, how mighty geberouis of Ottawa. If Columbus were to accept that ridiculous offer, they might as well fold their franchise. Does Bryan Murray actually think Scott Howson is that easy to take for a ride?

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Wouldn’t the whole “young team on the rise” thing be affected by trading away three or four young players?

    • hoarce7 - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Good point but the Jackets can certainly get better talent or shall I say 3 better players than the 3 players offered by Ottawa.

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