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Sens assistant GM doesn’t want to beg Rick Nash to come to Ottawa

Jun 26, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators’ interest in acquiring Rick Nash is a curious situation. Nash would give them a major offensive weapon but Nash reportedly doesn’t have Ottawa on his list of teams he’d accept a trade to. What to do then if you’re the Senators?

Ottawa assistant GM Tim Murray says their pursuit of Nash is shrouded in a bit of secrecy but they don’t want to have to sell him on coming to Ottawa. Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra gets the lowdown.

Generally speaking, Murray said, the Senators would not try to “talk somebody into coming to Ottawa,” beyond the usual pitch of this being a competitive club, a good city, with a friendly travel schedule.

“If you have to beg, it’s probably the wrong player that you’re talking to,” Murray said.

Nash could always alter his list or just say he’s cool with going to Ottawa and make things easier. Then again, maybe Murray makes a good point on having to campaign to a guy about coming to your town. If joining a playoff team and playing alongside Jason Spezza isn’t an enticing switch from Columbus, there’s not much else you can do aside from maybe cry a little on the inside.

  1. merchaholic - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    If he doesn’t want to come to Ottawa than just say so. In all honesty we don’t need him.

    • polegojim - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Well merch… it may feel good to say that, but there’s a very good reason that Murray didn’t….

      Any team in the league ‘needs’ Rick Nash. The guy’s an incredible talent.

  2. polegojim - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Respect that greatly. Well said.

  3. merchaholic - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Yeah, he is extremely talented. Just the whole fiasco of it is a little much. If he’s not going to add Ottawa to his list it would be better to know so we can go else where for a top 6.

  4. bhawkce - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    you know, as a blue jackets fan, it was a kick in the nuts when Nash said he wanted a trade..now I am kind of.getting irritated at the while situation. he asks from a trade, the shackles the club with a supposed short list of where he wants to go..the clubs that are apparently interested isn’t where he wants to go.
    Sso now what is he gonna do? oh I guess just sit the year out and pout? show up and go thru the motions like he did from the majority of the year last year? ( Well, until he decided to start playing g fro a trade like Carter did last year)
    Yeah the. club sucks right now. Nash was loyal to Mr.Mac when he was alive and he signed his huge deal. Now the old man kicked off a few years ago, and Nasher wants out. Then go! Stop acting like a little kid and turning down everything that gets offered to you, because the Jackets have no obligation to send your ass anywhere.
    Howson knows if he lets him go and gets no kind of proven goal scorer and some prospects he is toast. Nash knows this too. Its like the most retarded Mexican stand off ever.

    • east96st - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      bhawk – There’s absolute no way you’re a CBJ fan.
      Let’s look at the facts –
      1) Has Rick said he won’t play for Ottawa? NO. The Jackets are infamous for throwing players under the bus. It was Howson, NOT Nash that announced to the world that Rick wanted out. Nash was being a loyal and good player and giving the Jackets as much leverage as possible by staying quiet.
      2) Comparing Rick and all he has done for the city and the team to Carter makes you a joke. You immediately discredited everything you have, did, and ever will say on this blog. Really disgraceful.
      3) Nash dogged it this past season? Really? Name the games. I saw a team that was awful across the board and whose goaltending, on most nights, was pathetic. That’s Nash’s fault how? Everytime I saw him in the third period, he was hustling. He was one of the few.
      4) To blame ANY player, especially one that has given so much to the community, for wanting out after over a decade of incompetent management and asinine mistakes is ridiculous. You want to be upset? Blame 1) the owners and 2) the front office and 3) The Dispatch (part owner of the team) for not calling it as it really is. Minor league hockey teams are run better than this organization. The proof of just how out of touch McConnell is was when he blamed EVERYTHING on the players and said the guys who drafted, traded for, and signed those players were doing a “great job”. Sorry, bhawk, that indicates an owner who is either in denial or delusional. Can’t blame a player for wanting out when the writing is on the wall that nothing’s going to change.

      • nichis01 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        I couldn’t agree more. bhawkce- all you did was say that Rick was complaining about where he wants to go and the short list of teams he wants to go to. Said he just went through the motions. Rick Nash is an elite player in this league and he deserves to play on a better team than Columbus. He’s frustrated, yes. But he’s not a quitter. All you did in your blog was complain about him when he’s the best player your franchise has ever had. Great way of showing your respects to that.

  5. elemeno89 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    at this point, leave nash in columbus. howson is asking too much for him and had his perfect opportunity for a “rebuild” twice. once with the new york rangers, and at the draft with the islanders.

    the lack of success for this gm is ridiculous, and although i feel sorry for nash, both his and scott howson’s stubbornness are preventing any deal which could be done from happening.

    im tired of reading about either teams missed opportunities. good for ottawa for keeping their resolve. shame on nash and howson for dragging this through a mile of broken glass.

  6. ineedmorehossa - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    when will the “Nash considering KHL offers” stories start?

  7. bcisleman - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    In the era of free agency, its all about getting this or that big star. Fact is, teams win championships. That has always been true. There were other teams as talented as the Isles in the early 1980s, but none that had their charcter or commitment.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Joining a playoff team? You say that as if they’re perennial contenders rather than a fluke 8th seed.

    • govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      It’s worth pointing out that with a couple of weeks left in the season they were still pushing Boston for the division lead. Perennial contender, no, but neither were they a fluke.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        If you make the playoffs when you’re expected to contend for a top 5 pick because most of your team has overachieved that’s called a fluke.

      • govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Pre-season, yeah, we all figured Ottawa would suck. They never looked bad all year, really, other than the slide towards the end that saw them drop to #8. That’s not a fluke- that’s a team that simply surprised everyone. If that team comes out next year and tanks it, then we can call last year a fluke.

    • elguapo12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      I’d say the only fluke was the two seasons in a row that Ottawa didn’t make the playoffs…a rare stretch where their best players underachieved. Before that they had 10 straight appearances (including a trip to the finals).

      But, I know, Ottawa isn’t Toronto, so being an 8th seed doesn’t really count as a playoff appearance; and making the finals is really just being the first loser. I get it. All hail the worst sports fans in the county.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Maybe once you guys can outnumber the opposing fans at one of your home games you’ll earn a little respect….well not in Toronto, but maybe somewhere.

      • elguapo12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        ouchey-ouch! Let’s see: As a Leafs fan, you can’t make fun on the Sens’ on-ice performance for obvious reasons. You can’t target Murray’s drafting because he cleans BB’s clock each and every year. Mid-season pick-ups: No ammo there. Prospects: The Sens have better players in the Swedish league than the Leafs have in the 416. So, nothing doing there.

        I know! Let’s call out the three games a year where the poor saps whose dads were Leafs fans lube up their guts and slide on their Gilmour jerseys and make the trek to Kanata to boo Alfredsson for reasons they don’t even understand. Well played, sir. Well played.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Nash might be that guy that helps the Sens become a powerhouse again. He has clearly demonstrated that he puts his team first and does whatever he can to help them be successful. Are there teams he’d rather play for? Sure. That doesn’t mean he won’t try hard to make himself and the team successful if he ended up in Ottawa.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        I know exactly why we boo Alfredsson and I’m going to miss doing it.

  9. bhawkce - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    OK..OK..I came off a tad bit (OK really bad).. I as a fan, am just super frustrated with the whole situation..Nash does do alit of stuff for this area..especially the kids. It just gets tiresome to read all the stuff (and probably 80% of it isn’t true) about how he says no to these teams..then to see (probably fictitious stuff also) what the management here turns away for him. Its a big headache, most if the fan base here would rather have him stay, as in he is the only bona fide star we have ever had. please forgive my transgressions, as the way I took the article was Nasher flat said no to a team that last year, looked like they were growing at. great rate to be a real contender in a few years. it get super frustrating to continue to support a dysfunctional team some days. :( so once again, I am sorry for spouting off about this subject.

    • east96st - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Everyone in Columbus understand and feels your frustration. We’re all pissed off. McConnell just doesn’t get it and Howson and Priest make up the worse front office in professional sports. You have every right to be upset. But, comparing Nash to Carter? That’s as low of an insult as you can throw at a hockey player.

  10. elguapo12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I do to. They Boo Alfredsson because he made fun of Sundin for whacking a kid in the stands with with his hockey stick mid hissy-fit. I was at that game. Sens won 7-1, if I recall correctly.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Let’s not forget him cheap-shotting Tucker and then scoring the GWG while he should’ve been in the box. Or that time he tried to pull a Messier but ended up getting stomped in Game 7.

  11. 81rebel - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Not sure why any player would ever want to play in Ottawa…

    • elguapo12 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      I know. Having fans that actually hold you accountable must be the worst.

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