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Nash says thanks but no thanks to Sens

Jul 1, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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Wherever Rick Nash ends up, it won’t be Ottawa. Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed today that the Columbus captain has refused to waive his no-trade clause to play in Canada’s capital.

“There was no sense in chasing — we didn’t feel that was necessary,” Murray said, as per Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes.

It’s a similar message to the one assistant GM Tim Murray conveyed last week when he spoke of the Sens’ attempts to land Nash: “If you have to beg, it’s probably the wrong player that you’re talking to.”

We’re not sure who will be more disappointed at Nash’s decision – Murray or Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who was believed to be targeting highly touted Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Great decision.

    • ecmar2000 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Especially if it’s true the offer was prospects – Zibanejad, (it was Foglino or) Bobby Butler, Ben Bishop and a no. 1 pick. Let’s face it: this organization hasn’t exactly written the book on player development.

      • 32bigg - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Ya, they did a terrible job with the Norris trophy winner.

        LOL! You ignoramus.

  2. dabutcha114 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM


  3. uscthom78 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Great line….”if you have to beg, probably the wrong player.”….you don’t want a player who hates ur city.

  4. mmazzzzzz - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Let’s go RRangerssss!

  5. bcisleman - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    If Howson is smart, he will hang tough. He does not have to trade Nash and he should not unless he gets the right offer. NYR & PHI offering crap in return. Unless frontline Fs & prospects are offered, Howson should tell Nash he can accept OTT’s offer, he can report or he will be suspended and his contract tolled.

    • stakex - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Theres so much wrong with your statement its not even funny.

      First of all, Columbus does in fact have to trade Nash. They can act like him staying with the team next season is an option, but its not. Obviously Nash would show up and play, but do you really want to pay someone $7.8 million to play half hearted? All hes going to do is put up sub par numbers (like he has the last three years) and hurt his trade value even more for next year. Not to mention the locker room would probably be a little awkward now that everyone knows Nash doesn’t want to be there.

      Second, “the right offer” is subjective. Pretty much everyone agrees Columbus is delusional when it comes to Nash’s value. Hes a very solid player, but hes NOT a superstar. Hes not worth several top players, plus prospects, plus draft picks.

      I mean come on Columbus wanted Kreider; Stepan or Hagelin; McDonagh or Del Zotto; plus Brandon Dubinsky and a first-rounder from the Rangers. Thats a top line forward, a top defenseman, a solid second line player, and a possible superstar in the making (and a 1st round pick)…. for a guy that put up 59 points last season,has only averaged 63 points over the last three seasons, and only has only played 5 playoff games. Thats not an offer, thats a delusional demand. Oh and don’t forget, Nash is over paid by at least a million dollars a season… so his cap hit is also a negative.

      Columbus should consider themselves lucky to get one top player, a couple 2nd/3rd liners, maybe a prospect, and a 1st round pick. Thats still a big offer, probably too big for Nash. Still though, it would be more reasonable.

      • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        I agree with a lot of what you wrote there, except for the part of him not showing up to play if he’s not traded.

        Yes, he is overpaid. No, he is not on the superstar forward level of Sedins, Stamkos, Parise, Crosby, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, etc., but with a pretty crappy supporting cast, he’s done pretty well for himself.

        The Blue Jackets are starting to improve on defense. The offense is still terrible even with him in the lineup. But just because they’re going to be terrible, I wouldn’t say he necessarily won’t try. In fact, he might even try harder to raise his value at the trade deadline. If he stayed and played hard, maybe they have a good season and he doesn’t look like such a tool. If they don’t have a good season, he can demand a trade to whatever team he wants at the deadline and get a shot at a legit Cup contender.

      • jady41 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:52 AM

        Being a CBJ fan since inception, I’ve seen Nash’s play (and unfortunately) he did pick his game up around the Olympics and trade deadline the past two season. He LOVES Columbus, but wants a cup more. Can ya blame him for entertaining the thought of being traded? I’m not in the same job I was right out of college either! Likewise, if a organization (or organ-ni-zation in Canada) wants to put a lot of their money in someone who is the franchise, don’t they have that option?

        Nasher is revered here in Columbus. However, if he stays, Columbus fans will demand a more harder and consistent play from him… especially after strengthening our Swiss cheese defense and goal tending (Mason STINKS). We definitely need to score a hell of a lot more! UGH!

        Although Howson (GM) is the ‘butt’ of many jokes here, as he should be given his trade record, I actually have given him an above the head clap lately in the draft and dumping Jeff Carter for a very sturdy and competent d-man in Jack Johnson.

        Having said that, why wouldn’t you ask for the farm is someone as bait for Nash????? That’s smart!!! If someone takes the trade, look what you get?! If not, then you allow Nash to stay in Columbus and pressure him to step up his game both as a goal scorer, leader and passer (which believe it or not, he IS good at). I’ve witnessed first hand his desire to get other players into the game more sacrificing his own goal numbers…which is fine, but at 7.8 mil, I personally would rather see him put the puck in the net.

        He’s a third of one of four lines, if we can get a third or two-thirds of other lines…I say slam the button on the deal…I’ll shed a tear, but still love him.

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